Journey #93 – Rwanda

My visit to Rwanda is for two purposes. The first is to join an Amandla African Youth Fellowship from October 16-18, 2019. The second is to guide meditation in various PIPO sessions in Kigali as well as other cities. This time I also travelled with LP Tim who accompanied me in both the fellowship and the PIPOs.

Upon arrival, I went to lake Muhazi to facilitate a meditation training “Amandla African Youth Fellowship” for 40 young African leaders from 20 countries in the east and south Africa including Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia (Solamiland), Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and also the mentors from Cameroon, Benin as well as Conga (Brazzaville).

The participants learned how to find inner peace from the practice of mindfulness and meditation. In addition, they all learn how to development themselves through a habit development model called UG5, how to empower themselves by finding their life goals, manage responsibilities and how to develop a perspective that leads to finding true happiness from within themselves before sharing with their local community, country and the world. 

The African participants all meditated 4 times a day and they were interested in trying to in trying to “be at the center”, which is a kind of mindfulness practice. They also learned that meditation can be done not just when they close their eyes but in all activities. Each day, they all had improved meditation experiences and found true inner bliss they never found before. Many could easily forget their body and kept the awareness at the center of the body until they found inner brightness and inner spheres that was clear and pure like a bubble. 

These meditation experiences help purify their mind and make them truely understand the lesson of life that true happiness they have been searching throughout their life must be found from within. They all take this lesson home with new friendship, positive energy and motivation to organize / continue their peace club within the city and their country at last.

LP John a.k.a Monk John, who once a pianist, a photographer, and a computer programmer, has become a Theravada Buddhist Monk for 12 years after finished his PhD in Telematics. With the knowledge from his tech background, he has pioneered in developing the biggest free online self-development and meditation platform that has users from over 200 countries and territories. He travels the world and gives his insights on mindfulness, meditation and Buddhist philosophy for detoxing, balancing and enriching life of the modern world to individuals, NGOs, government agencies, universities, and companies (such as Google, Orange, Ogilvy, Teamwork, etc.) in 65 countries.

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