Bhante Wimala Participated in the International Conference “Devine winds of Freedom, New Opportunities and New Responsibilities for the Middle East.” Seventeen nations were represented in Istanbul, Turkey from May 6 ? 8, 2011 to discuss the new era of Middle East peace, sustainable development, and Challenges of Transitions.
Universal Peace Federation organized and sponsored the program where influential religious and community leaders from many Middle Eastern countries represented both their countries and their religions. Speeches and workshops were given on religious harmony and peaceful social transformation. The practical application of promoting peace through inter-religious dialogue and social and economic development was also explored and discussed.
The conference provided a wonderful environment to interact, share, and understand the views and beliefs of prominent and influential religious leaders and scholars from four major religions; Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.