The Department of Religious Affairs organized International Online Semi-Academic Conference on New Normal with Peace: Meditation for Peace and Sustainable Development on the occasion of celebrating the declaration of UNESCO for 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Venerable Phra Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta

          On Wednesday 1st   July 2020, the Department of Religious Affairs (DRA) under the Ministry of Culture associated with the World Fellowship of Buddhists had organized International Online
Semi-Academic Conference on  New Normal with Peace:  Meditation for Peace and Sustainable Development on the occasion of celebrating the declaration of UNESCO for 150th  Anniversary of the Birth of Venerable Phra Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta at  2nd  floor Meeting Room of the Department of Religious Affairs, Watthanathamvisit Building, the Ministry of Culture. By received the valuable time from three speakers who are professional in meditation and Vipassana practices: 1) Phra Arthit Wongsaensook, M.D., Bhikkhu at Wat PA Bann Tad Forest Monastery and Vipassana – Kammatthana Meditation Teacher; 2) Phra M.L. Siddhichok Sirindharo (Svastivatana),  Wat Phrasrirattanasadsadaram;  and 3) Mr. Surawate Tocharoen, a full-time lecturer of Institute of International Studies, Ramkhamhaeng University and Deputy Director of Ramkhamhaeng University Printing House and Committee of the National Council of Artisan for Buddhism Promotion. All these speakers discussed and presented about Meditation for Peace and Sustainable Development

           This seminar conference had been invited the participants from several sectors, consisting of government, private, institutions, artists, and Network Buddhist Organizations in Thailand. For overseas, there were 205 networks of the World Fellowship of Buddhists in 37 countries; Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Hongkong, Taiwan, The Czech Republic, Korea, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tanzania, U.S.A., Vietnam. The conference was broadcasted through online channels such as, Live Streams via Facebook Live of DRA, TNN 2 station, BMC TV, etc. Furthermore, allowing interested parties to attend the meeting through the Google meet program to express their opinions, suggestions and question the speakers at the meeting.

          Information, opinions, lessons, and conclusion in the seminar conference will be
the guideline for leading people in the world realizing to live their lives carefully by bringing meditation practices being one of the new normal behaviors for adapting to survive in the COVID – 19 pandemic or accidental incidents.  In order to be conscious and unworried, the meditation is also the root of fostering ethics and morality, making good relationship among people in the world society to decrease inequality and create equality in society which are the model of Sustainable Development to build up peace in the world actually.