Sakyadhita Hawai'i has a vision of creating La’i Peace Center to benefit the community and the world. In 2003, we acquired five acres of agricultural land just 40 minutes from Honolulu to establish a center for promoting peace. The land is ideal for offering peace education programs, meditation, Dharma teachings, retreats, and workshops on myriad topics. With deep respect for the land, we are cultivating healing herbs and organic produce.
La'i Peace Center draws on 2,600 years of Buddhist teachings on nonharm (ahimsa), ethical conduct (shila), compassion (karuna), loving kindness (maitri), and wisdom (prajna) and also incorporates principles of gender equity, shared decision making, and cultural diversity. Initiated by Buddhist women, the center will provide programs for the entire community. Together, proponents of compassion and wisdom will demonstrate the value of working collaboratively to foster peace, social justice, and the well-being of the planet. The Center will offer respite and resources such as education and training in mindfulness, health, compassionate communications, and peace leadership for all sectors of the community, with some programs especially for women and children.