Peace promoter honored
Venerable Tenzin Namdag of Queensland was one of three finalists in the ’2006 Pride of Australia Medal’ nominations in the category of ‘Peace.’
There are three criteria for the Australian Peace Medal: that the nominee advanced understanding, tolerance, and social harmony among Australians of any background. Even a cursory look at Namdag’s efforts over the last forty-five years illustrates her tireless promotion of these values: it’s not an understatement to say that her list of accomplishments is rather exhausting – and inspiring!
Currently the coordinator at FPMT’s Dewachen Buddhist Study Group in Queensland, a center which attracts all kinds of people from the cane fields of Te Kowai and Mackay, Namdag sees the award as a tribute to Buddhism and to all the people who work so tirelessly in the world for peace without conflict. Her philosophy of peace is drawn from the Buddha’s teachings – through the example of habitually displaying loving-kindness and compassion, understanding the law of cause and effect, and knowing that circumstances and people change all the time, we can be seen as agents of change in the community. Her extraordinary achievements can be read in the October-November issue of Mandala…