NJ Buddhist Vihara Hosts 5th Annual International Peace Day

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Participants at the 5th Annual International Peace Day in Kendall Park.

Representatives from about 20 faith-based and community groups gathered at the New Jersey Buddhist Vihara on Route 27 in Kendall Park May 9 for the 5th annual International Peace Day.

Organized by Tulsi Maharjan president of Friends of Nepal – New Jersey, the event featured music, meditation, prayer and food.

The day also included prayers for those killed and injured during the recent earthquake in Nepal.

“Many people know that Buddha was born in Nepal, so we are trying to get Buddha’s blessings for all those people who are suffering in Nepal and we’re trying to help those who are helpless,” he said.

The day began with a period of walking meditation around the temple’s perimeter, followed by music from Ingrid Heldt. Following that was a period of stationary meditation and prayers and chants.

In addition to the Nepalese victims, prayers were generally for peace in the world, Muharjan said.

“As you can see around the world, there’s a lot of bad things happening,” he said. “Buddha said peace starts with you, but a lot of people are looking outside for peace. So let’s start within us.”

Among the event’s sponsors were Rotary International, the Somerset County Cultural Diversity Coalition and Friends of Nepal – New Jersey.

2015 International Peace Day


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