The Second Annual Contest of the Earth Peace Festival: “Essays” and “Artwork”
Itis our greatest wish to share myriad messages of love and hope, so we mayachieve peacein our world.In support of that goal, we areconstructing“the GreatPagodas for Peace,” as well as holding this contest for essays and artwork. Welook forward to the enthusiastic participation of many children who love peacearound the world.
a.Love,Peace, and Happiness
b.AMind of Understanding, Forgiveness, Thoughtfulness, and Kind-heartedness
c.Lovefor Nature; Love for Earth; Anything Related to World Peace
d.TheWays to Develop Character, The Importance of Character
e.Topicsrelated to major themes in educating youngRahula
·Eligibility:kindergarteners and elementary schoolers from domestic or international schools(all nationalities).
·Submission Period:May 1st ~ August 31st,2023
·Results:The results will be announced on Saturday, September 23rd, 2023 onthe homepage (www.peacep.net).
·Awards:The awards will be given on Saturday, September 23rd, 2023 at 1 P.M.at the future site of the Great Pagodas of World Peace, in the templeYukjijangsa in Yangju City.
Read the story of young Rahula below, and write an essay in response.
Format: MS Word document, font: Times New Roman, 12 point, double-spaced
200 to 400 words (maximum: twosheets of A4 paper)
Place your application in an envelopealong with the artwork and send it by post.
free format (paper size: A2 or A3)
free format (paper size: A2)
·Awardswillbe presented by the President of Dongguk University, the Superintendents of theOffice of Education (provincial and city officials), the President of theFederation of Arts and Culture Organization of Korea, and other officials.(Subject to change)
a.OneGrand-Prize Winner (the President of theFederation of Arts and Culture Organization of Korea, award of 1,000,000 KRW)
b.TwoGrand-PrizeWinners for Each Category (the President ofDongguk University, award of 300,000 KRW each)
c.FourAwardsfor theFirst-Prize Winnersin Each Category(theSuperintendents of the Office of Education [provincial and city officials], awardof 200,000 KRW each)
d.EightWinners of Awards of Excellencein Each Category(theSuperintendents of the Office of Education [provincial and city officials], awardof 100,000 KRW each)
e.TenHonorable Mentionsfor Each Category (ContestCatalogue)
f.ThirtyAwards of Recognitionfor Each Category (ContestCatalogue)
Sendthe application, the consent agreement, and an entry submission (www.peacep.net).
a)Essay:Submissions must be written in English.One copy, written in MS Office Wordformat,must be attached to the email submission,and one must be printed on A4 paperandsent by post.
b)Artwork:Submissions must be on A2 or A3 paper, and sent by post.
Host:The Promotion Committee of the Great Pagodas of World Peace
Organizer:The Steering Committee of the Great Pagodas of World Peace
Sponsors:Dongguk University,the Gyeonggi-do Provincial Government, and the Gyeonggi-doOffice of Education
Once upon atime, there was a boy named Rahula. He wasn’t interested in studying. He often madefun of others and told lies that hurt other people. He was a reallymischievousboy, who swore and even bullied others.
Rahula was the oneand only son of Sakyamuni Buddha. Rahula was born before his father renounced,or gave up, his old life. As the grandson of the king, he was everyone’sfavorite ever since he was born. Everyone loved and paid attention to him whilehe was growing up. A few years aftergiving up his princehood,his father visitedthe palace in his hometown,Kapila. While he was visiting, the compassionate LadyYasodahara, Rahula’s mother, spoke to her son, saying, “Go and ask your fatherto give you your inheritance.”
Upon hearingthe request, the Buddha grinned and responded, “I shall pass ona preciousinheritance to you. There is no precious gift as valuable as renunciation,giving up your worldly desiresin order to reach spiritual enlightenment.”
After hearingthis, Rahula gave up his princehoodand decided to become a monk, like hisfather. Among the monks, he was the youngest of all. However, he followednobody and only cared about himself. Around the palace, he was still the proud prince.Though he was the only son of the Buddha,who was respected by all, he himself wasindifferent to others, cared for nobody, and did whatever he felt like doing. Hewas lazy, wasting his time, but worse than that, he got into all kinds oftrouble.
So, theheadaches he created for others got worse and worse.One day, the Buddha toldRahula to go to the home of a man named Hyunjae, where there were many peoplecultivating their minds. No matter what his parents tried, Rahula was not evenclose to fixing his awful behavior.So finally, the Buddha came to visit hisson.
During the timeof the Buddha, a common custom was to wash the teacher’s feet. Naturally, whenthe Buddha came to visit Rahula, he also washed his teacher’s feet in a basinof water. Then, the Buddha asked Rahula, “Dear Rahula, look at the water thatyou just used to washed my feet. Can you drink this water?”
Rahula shookhis head, refusing, “How can I drink such dirty water? This water needs to bethrown away.” Then, the Buddha explained, “You are correct. The dirty watercan’t be used again. It’s just like you! Even though you are my student,werebornina high position in the Palace of Kapila, and abandoned your comfortable life,your mind is like dirty water. It is filled with three poisons: greed, anger,and foolishness.”
After watchinghim for a whilewith a compassionate and solemn face, the Buddha told Rahula togo and get rid of the water, and bring back the empty basin. When Rahula cameback with the empty basin, the Buddha asked him again, “Now the basin is empty,so can you put some food in there?”
“No, Buddha. Weshould not put any food into this basin. It is still dirty because we used itto wash people’s feet,” replied Rahula.
The Buddharesponded, “You’re right again. Although you left your comfortable home andbecame a monk, your thoughts are still raw. Your words are empty, lackingsincerity, and you procrastinate, lazily avoiding your practiceeven now. That’swhy you can’t hold any food ina dirty basin like yours, where you just washed someone’sfeet.”
Afterwards,the Buddha gave thebasin a real, loudkick. Once again, the Buddha asked the startled Rahula, “DearRahula, by any chance, were you afraid that I was going to break the basin?”Rahula replied, “Not at all! It’s only a basin for washing feet, which is quitecheap.”
Then, theBuddha firmly declared, “Rahula, you are correct. You are like this basin. Yourbody acts mindlessly and your mouth spits out swears and curses. Most peopledon’t even care about you, let alone like you. If you continue your ways, notonly will you nevergrow up to be a great monk, but also you might end up payingfor your bad karma, being reborn as a hungry ghost or an animal.
Rather thancriticizing young Rahula, the Buddha used the waterin the basin, dirty fromwashing feet, to teach his son at the right time. Afterwards, Rahulabegan to cultivatehis mind diligently and finally reached the high state of arhat, the state ofenlightenment. As one of the ten disciples of the Buddha, he carried out gooddeedsmore often than anyone else, without telling others. So, he was praised asArhat Rahula, “the Foremost in Esoteric Practices.”