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LKPY: Loving Kindness Peaceful Youth
LKPY is an international peace organization for young people, launched in June 2007.
LKPY is a non-religious, non-profit, charity organization that focuses on the natural goodness within all of us. It aims to create a space for young people to engage in developing peace for themselves, their communities, and the world as a whole.
LKPY believes that peace starts with individuals developing the basis of their own inner peace – kindness; patience; tolerance; generosity.
Loving Kindness Peaceful Youth (LKPY) is a youth orientated international organisation founded by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Spiritual Director of FPMT, who travels the world promoting peace.
Since 1999 LKPY has been organically sprouting into an organization. In 2006 five young people, inspired by Lama Zopa’s LKPY concept, gathered together from different sides of Australia to create it into a reality and are now known as the originators of LKPY, (Shyla, Freeman, Poh Lin, Mike, Matt, pictured right).
In early 2007 many more people from all over the world have jumped on board. And on the 8th of June 2007 (to coincide with the Nobel Peace Prize winner, the Dalai Lama’s Australian tour) LKPY launched with an event in Melbourne Australia, then with events held in eight countries all over the world. And that was just the beginning…
The LKPY Concept
Here at LKPY we believe that peace isn’t just the absence of war… We believe that peace lies naturally within us all and is our primary reason for existence… LKPY is not about protesting wars, demanding weapon restrictions, creating borders and separation, making demands on politicians, going into war zones, or standing in front of tanks…
Its simpler, its starts with you and me… and that’s why it can work!
It’s about focusing on the positives not the negatives, and through cultivating the organic goodness within ourselves we can reduce the space for the weeds to grow. We do this with simple practices of breathing, slowing down, stretching, communicating and taking the time and space to regularly nourish our mind and body… From this space of feeling better and clearer within ourselves we can then best begin to help others…
The LKPY vision
We believe peace is a constantly growing process: starting through ourselves and then emanating outwards to our families, neighbors and friends, to our community and our environment… We encourage peaceful communication through recognizing our similarities while celebrating our differences, no matter what our beliefs or appearances are. We facilitate this through open discussions, through listening to inspiring people who have done amazing things, through learning about our environment and through volunteering, through getting up and getting out there, for doing what needs to be done to really benefit others.
We all want to make a difference. We all want to be happy. And we all what peace… LKPY just nourishes what is already within you and me!
Our objectives are to engage in a range of projects, that specifically focus on:
- Peace building
- Positive dialogue
- Intercultural & interfaith understanding
- Peer-to-peer support
- Non-violent expression
- Environmental awareness
- Community commitment
- Celebration of creativity
- Personal integrity and empowerment
- Mindful living.
LKPY is for everyone
LKPY is universal, for all people of all cultures, ages, colors, countries and beliefs. We are about organically cultivating people from the inside out. We encourage slowing down, contentment, breathing, volunteering, smiling, creativity, tolerance, moderation, kindness, supporting others and taking the time to nurture not only ourselves, but our community and the world around us.
We are a way of life.
LKPY utilizes the principles and tools of ‘The Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom’, (www.essential-education.org), as well as building on a variety of other resources. We support people of all beliefs and cultures to develop inner peace; we wish to give them the skills and confidence to make a difference in themselves, their community and ultimately – the whole world!
LKPY places a focus on young people as in being the ‘next generation’ they are therefore in a prime position to create new concepts of peace. Added to this, young people like to ‘think out of the square’, think ‘big’, and LKPY projects aims to nurture that unique quality within all young people and support their expression of it, so that they can make a difference.
So what’s a young person? Well, age is another boundary we are trying not to subscribe to, so by ‘young’ we mean ‘young minds’ – we want people who think big, with the energy, the enthusiasm and the courage to make a difference. We want everyone to be involved!
LKPY recognizes that global peace starts with the individual, then through others recognizing this positive change, it will slowly have an impact on the larger community. Ultimately LKPY aims to help create a peaceful world.
LKPY exists through projects that allow people to get involved in a variety of ways. These are the key projects of LKPY:
The HABIT! Project is the heart project of LKPY. HABITS are regular gatherings held at café’s or other chilled out venues. These is tea time for the soul… a chance to catch up with like minded people, slow down, change your thinking, workshop the way the world works, learn, listen, collaborate, and be passionate about making a difference.
LKPY has developed a HABIT! Co-coordinators Booklet, which is available for anyone interested in setting up a HABIT! in their own hometown. You can download it at www.lkpy.org
Be Kind Day
Imagine one day every year when everyone is friendly, generous and considerate,
Imagine not just doing kind things for others, but receiving them in kindness too,
Imagine what is the kindest thing you could do for yourself, someone else, for animals, for the planet.
That’s what Be Kind Day is all about.
How you can get involved with LKPY
It doesn’t matter where you live, how much time you have, or even how old you are…there are lots of ways to get involved, here are some ideas…
- Check out our website and join our e-newsletter
- Become a part of one of our projects
- Volunteer with us: all skills, all locations, all ages
- Let us know about any grants or funding opportunities
- Spread the word, tell others about us
- Make a donation or hold an event to help support our activities
- Send us your ideas, your thoughts, your inspirations…
How to contact LKPY
LKPY loves…. new ideas, advice, interesting stories, volunteers, new thoughts for LKPY projects, love letters, pictures, donations, your input!
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What a privilege it is to be a part of such an amazing foundation, filled with such amazing people!
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