Creating Inter-faith Dialogue and Understanding in a Multicultural World

A noted humanitarian and an ambassador of peace, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar plays a key role in conflict resolution and spreads his vision of non-violence at public forums and gatherings world-wide. Regarded as a neutral figure with a sole agenda of peace, he represents hope to people in conflict. He has received particular credit for bringing opposing parties to the negotiating table in Iraq, the Ivory Coast, Kashmir, Bihar and Colombia

In a world torn apart by religious, social, national and cultural divides, Sri Sri believes that a central message must be heralded: peace is more than the absence of war, it is living together with our differences – of gender, race, religion, culture, educational or social status – while furthering universal respect for humanity through interfaith, and intercultural dialogues. It is an everyday life decision to engage in sincere dialogue with other individual and communities, whether they live a block or a click away. In this lecture, Sri Sri will highlight the need for reinforcing human values, and recognising humanity as our highest identity. He will also discuss the importance of multicultural education as the remedy for fanaticism and radicalism to achieve sustainable peace on our planet.

  • Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

    The Distinguished Spiritual and Humanitarian Leader

    Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a globally revered spiritual and humanitarian leader. He has spearheaded an unprecedented worldwide movement for a stress-free, violence-free society. Through a myriad of programs and teachings, a network of organizations including the Art of Living and the International Association for Human Values, and a rapidly growing presence across 155 countries, Gurudev has reached an estimated 370 million people. Gurudev has developed unique, impactful programs that empower, equip and transform individuals to tackle challenges at global, national, community and individual levels....   Read More

    Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

    H.H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of The Art of Living, is a universally revered spiritual and humanitarian leader. His vision of a violence-free, stress-free society – through the reawakening of human values – has inspired millions to broaden their spheres of responsibilities and work towards the betterment of the world. His major initiatives include conflict resolution, poverty alleviation, empowerment of women, and free education. H.H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is personally engaged in peace negotiations and counselling in conflict zones around the world. Numerous honours have been bestowed upon H.H Sri Ravi Shankar, including: The ‘Padma Vibhushan,’ one of India’s highest civilian awards, in 2016, The highest Civilian Awards of Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, and Mongolia and 16 honorary doctorates from various parts of the world. H.H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has addressed several international forums, parliaments, business platforms, world conferences and prestigious universities across the globe. Some of his recent addresses include:  his keynote speech at Reconciliation Colombia (along with speakers like Nobel Peace Prize Winner & Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos) – 2016, on invitation from FARC and the Colombian President, H.H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar gave a motivational address, which paved the way to a peace agreement between the FARC & the Colombian Government – formally ending their 52-year-old war – 2016S. He also had the honour of opening the Miraflores Locks (Panama Canal Gates) –  where H.H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was acknowledged as an influential leader inspiring people towards positive social transformation – Panama, December 2016, International Yoga Day, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium in June 2016 and at the House of Commons, United Kingdom in June 2016.

Singapore Soka Association

Singapore Soka Association (SSA) was officially registered with the Registry of Societies in 1972 as a Buddhist organisation that aims to promote the understanding and practice of Nichiren Buddhism. The organization is committed to working towards peace, social harmony and progress. Soka means “creation of value”. It describes the core spirit of self-empowerment in Buddhism. The life-affirming Buddhist philosophy and teaching empowers one with wisdom and spirituality to live a value-creative life and be a positive influence in one’s family, community and society at large. SSA is part of an international network of Soka affiliated organisations under the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) movement that has membership in 192 countries and territories worldwide.

About Singapore Soka Association

WEE KIM WEE CENTRE @ SINGAPORE MANAGEMENT UNIVERSITY

The Wee Kim Wee Centre is tasked to promote deeper understanding of the impact of cultural diversity on the business environment.  The late Dr Wee Kim Wee, after whom the Wee Kim Wee Centre in Singapore Management University is named, had a heart for people and for lifelong learning.  The Centre hosts and supports lectures, conferences, publications and aims to advance learning and thinking about cross cultural issues.