The logo of the Peace Ling Centre approved by Geshe Sonam Dawa is a globe, a green Bodhi leaf and a pair of white doves. It has a multi-layered meaning but basically the three elements represent lack, striving and fulfillment.

1. The world is defined by mental unease, mainly based on a sense of lack. Always our minds are in a state of desire – desire for friendship, desire for resources or desire for well-being. A state of desire is a state of lack, a state of wanting but not having. That is what the globe in the logo represents.

2. Being in a state of lack, the creatures of the world strive to fulfill their desire. They work hard to free themselves from the uncomfortable sensations of wanting but not having. That striving, that working for fulfillment, is represented by the Bodhi leaf.

3. Finally, peace comes when the striving brings its results. Having what it desired, the mind is now at ease and the sense of lack is defeated. The two doves represent this sense of attainment and satisfaction – a sense of peace.

Peace Ling center (PLC) is a non-government and non-profit organization founded by Geshe Lharampa Sonam Dawa, a doctor of Buddhist philosophy, for activists determined to make a difference in Zanskar. Peace Ling Center’s main aims and objectives are:

1)To invite expert people to run various educational programmes such as philosophy, meditation, and to organise retreats, conferences and workshops for local people, particularly the youth, to promote a greater understanding of the benefits of their ancient culture so that they will be encouraged to preserved it.

2) To contribute to saving and preserving the local history, culture, identity, way of life, natural resources and environment of Zanskar and create more methods to develop local products and natural resources for the sustainable self-reliance of the people of Zanskar.

3) To take responsibility for stopping all forms of pollution sources in the Zanskar environment and encourage locals to take greater care of sanitation and assist in maintaining the cleanliness of Zanskar.

We earnestly hope that with your gracious support we will realise our dreams and objectives. We would like to thank all the individuals, organizations and institutes for their support and encouragement and request them to continue their generosity in coming years.

 Once there was a king who offered a prize to the artist who could paint the best representation of peace. Many artists tried, and the king looked closely at all their pictures. But there were only two he really liked, and he had to choose between them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace. The other picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky, from which rain fell and in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.

But when the king looked closely, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest – in perfect peace. Which picture do you think won the prize? The king chose the second picture. Why?

“Because,” explained the king, “peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be calm in midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.”

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