Washington D.C., January 29, 2003Read the full text of the speech
On January 29, 2003, approximately 250 women religious leaders from various faiths gathered in Washington, D.C. for the first Women's Prayer Breakfast for Peace, organized by the Global Peace Initiative of Women. The gathering hoped to influence political leaders to engage in diplomacy rather than violence when resolving issues.
The Prayer Breakfast activities included prayers from many of the religions represented and presentations on special topics with the main focus on "Peace and Prayer." Participants expressed and exchanged thoughts and ideas.
Attendees which included religious, business and government leaders, gathered in the ballroom at the Willard Inter-Continental Hotel
Religious traditions that were represented included Buddhism Christianity, Judaism, Catholicism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Sufism, and the Inca tradition. In addition to participants from United States and neighboring Canada, some came from as far as Thailand, India, Africa, the Middle East and Europe .
The Venerable Guo Yuan, Abbot of the Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association, attended the Breakfast on behalf of Master Sheng Yen, and read a speech by the Master as well as reciting the Heart Sutra in his prayer for peace.
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