Thursday, May 12, 2011

In praise of religious harmony

On the occasion of Buddha’s Birthday yesterday, voices calling for religious harmony were heard across the country. Leaders of major religions - including the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK), the Catholic Church, and Won Buddhism - all gathered in an event organized by the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism to celebrate the 2,555th anniversary of Buddha’s birth. The head of the Korea Muslim Federation also participated in the event for the first time since its foundation in 1964.

Considering such diversity and compatibility in the religious community, Korea can now be called a mature country in terms of religious reconciliation. One can hardly find other countries where Buddhists, Protestants, Won Buddhists and other people of other religions not only coexist peacefully, but also prosper. Lately, Islam is also taking root in Korea as the number of migrant workers increases. While the rest of the world suffers from religious conflict, Korea appears to have established a successful multi-religious society.

Read more at Joong Ang Daily

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