A Message from the Parliament of World's Religions

The Parliament of the World's Religions is honored that six Chung Tai Dharma Masters will be presenting at our Melbourne event, and we are excited to meet your delegation.

One is accustomed to hearing of interreligious conflict and discord, but in a world of shifting borders and dwindling resources, religious harmony is an essential goal. The Parliament is the world's largest interreligious gathering, with its source and inspiration in the 1893 Parliament that brought East and West together. Since 1993, over 8,000 participants have convened every five years in a different international city to promote the goals of peace, diversity and sustainability.

The 2009 Parliament will be held from December 3-9 in Melbourne, Australia. As a culturally vibrant city with a global heritage, Melbourne and Victoria are home to Indigenous and Aboriginal spiritualities as well as the major world religions – Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, among others. The Parliament will feature 450 programs including keynote addresses, seminars, conferences, debates, performances, concerts and exhibitions organized around the them of "hearing each other, healing the earth." Issues addressed will include the environment, indigenous people's land rights, and peace efforts around the world, including reknowned speakers from each major religion and more.  The world will come together in Melbourne this December and we invite you to be there!


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