Parliament of the World's Religions 2009
Dec 03, 2009 to Dec 09, 2009
H.H. Swamiji was invited to participate as a Major Speaker in the 'Parliament of the World's Religions' in Melbourne, Australia from December 3 to December 9, 2010.
The ‘Parliament of the World's Religions’ is the world's largest inter-faith gathering which brings together religious leaders from different countries on a common platform to discuss various pertinent issues of global significance and promote communal harmony. Many other major speakers from different faiths participated in the Parliament including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Fr Laurence Freeman, Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation, Rabbi David Rosen of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations, H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswati Ji, H.H. Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, Dadi Janki Ji, Head of Brahmakumaris, Swami Agnivesh Ji and many others.
The theme of the Parliament of the World’s Religions 2009 was: “Make a World of Difference: Hearing Each Other, Healing the Earth.” Some of the major subthemes were - the environment, the concerns of the Indigenous Peoples, overcoming poverty in an unequal world, peace building, securing food and water, creating social cohesion, and interreligious dialogue.
The Parliament included more than four hundred events such as lectures, workshops, artistic performances, exhibits and plenaries. The opening ceremony, held on December 3, 2010, included a ‘Welcome to Country’ from senior Wurundjeri elder, Joy Murphy Wandin, and talks by Dr Sakena Yacoobi, Founder of Afghan Institute of Learning, and Rabbi David Saperstein, Director and Counsel of Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Art of Living.