BRIEF: Geshe Phelgye gifts Gonzaga a Peace Pole


Geshe Thupten Phelgye
Geshe Thupten Phelgye

Venerable Geshe Thupten Phelgye, Gonzaga University’s Global scholar in residence, will gift a Peace Pole to Gonzaga in a special installation and blessing ceremony that begins at 3 p.m., May 6 on the lawn behind College Hall.

“I would like to offer a Peace Pole to Gonzaga University for its institutional birthday celebrating the 125th anniversary of living out the Jesuit educational mission of the service of faith in the promotion of peace and social justice,” Geshe Phelgye said in a press release. “This is also an expression of my deep love and appreciation to the leadership of the university for inviting me as the first Global Scholar in Residence.”

The 8-foot-high Peace Pole is made of red cedar with the phrase “May Peace Prevail on Earth” inscribed on it in four languages (English, Tibetan, Hebrew and Arab). Geshe Phelgye, a Buddhist Tibetan monk who used his own resources to have the Peace Pole built, sees it as a visual statement and expression of shared beliefs in love and peace between Buddhists and Christians. He points out that all faith traditions worldwide have love and peace at their core, and hopes the energy of the Peace Pole will “inspire and transform the thoughts and actions of global peace among the students as well as all people who walk on the Gonzaga campus.”

According to a press release Geshe Phelgye wants the gift to embody the interreligious and intercultural relationship between a Tibetan Buddhist monk and Gonzaga.

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