Uganda Buddhist Centre Receives Mr. Cheng from Singapore
On April 22, 2023, Mr. Cheng, a distinguished representative of China at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), embarked on a journey to visit his long-time friend, Bhante Buddharakkhita. Together, they share a common vision of fostering peace, mindfulness, and moral-based education. They are both drawn to the expansion of a self-sustainable Buddhist Peace School in Uganda that would nurture students and provide them with a conducive learning environment, grounded in principles of compassion, love, mindfulness, and peace.
During his stay at the Uganda Buddhist Centre (UBC), Mr. Cheng actively engaged in sharing his knowledge and skills with the local community. He dedicated himself to teaching Buddhist Peace School children the ancient arts of Tai Chi and Qigong, allowing them to experience the benefits of physical and mental well-being. Beyond the physical practices, he also imparted invaluable teachings on Buddhist principles, emphasizing the law of karma and ethical conduct to the UBC staff. These lessons served as a guiding light, encouraging individuals to reflect on their actions and cultivate compassion towards others.
Remarkably, Mr. Cheng’s visit to the UBC was not only about teaching and sharing knowledge but also about fostering connections and expanding support networks. Recognizing the importance of collaboration, he aimed to help the UBC expand its network of support by reaching out to individuals and organizations who shared their vision of promoting peace and mindfulness through education. This network would prove instrumental in establishing the firm foundations of the Buddhist Peace School. Taking their vision beyond the confines of the UBC, Bhante and Mr. Cheng have a scheduled journey together to Taiwan, a land known for its rich Buddhist heritage. Their mission is to meet potential donors and solicit support for the expansion of the Buddhist Peace School. By leveraging their collective expertise, influence, and shared passion for a holistic and moral-based education, they aim to inspire philanthropists and individuals alike to contribute towards this noble cause.
The goal of the Buddhist Peace School is to provide a learning environment that nourishes the mind (head), hands heart, health and happiness. Through a comprehensive curriculum, students will be exposed to academic knowledge and skills, while also receiving teachings on compassion, love, mindfulness, and peace. By instilling these values at an early age, the school seeks to nurture future generations who are not only academically proficient but also ethically responsible and compassionate individuals.
Overall, the expansion of the Buddhist Peace School represents a bold and transformative step towards nurturing a generation rooted in compassion, love, mindfulness, and peace. Through the tireless efforts of Bhante, supported by the collective vision and generosity of donors and supporters, this self-sustainable school in Uganda will become a beacon of hope for students seeking an education that extends beyond academic excellence. By integrating Buddhist principles and teachings into a comprehensive curriculum, the school aims to create a profound impact on individuals, communities, and Africa at large, fostering a culture of peace and understanding for posterity.