IT IS everybody’s duty to refrain from acts of provocation that will result in conflict and chaos, social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye says.
“We need more peacemakers and not warmongers.
“The time has come to stand up and be counted in furthering the cause of strengthening peace and harmony all over the world,” he said.
He was speaking at a luncheon held in conjunction with Wesak Day celebrations, where his appointment as Universal Peace Ambassador in Lumbini, Nepal, was acknowledged.
In a symbolic ceremony, Mahasiddha Sanctuary For Universal Peace founder and chairman Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche put a white kata on Lee.
Lee said he was honoured to receive such a recognition from the respected Buddhist leader.
The Mahasiddha Sanctuary is not only a pilgrimage site for Buddhists but also a symbol for the promotion of peace.
The site has ruins of ancient monasteries, a sacred bodhi tree, an ancient bathing pond, the Ashoka Pillar and the Mayadevi Temple which was at the site of Buddha’s birth.