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|Chess For Peace Exhibition|
|Written by MonRoi Support on Wed, Sep 21 2011 (00:49)|
Meeting His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Twenty one youth chess players played the 2011 Youth Chess Tournament for Peace at the 2nd
Global Conference on World’s Religions at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, Québec, Canada
on September 7, 2011. At this occasion, Myriam Roy, William Fisher, Félix Dumont, Tristan
Coté-Lalumière, Zachary Saine, Xavier St-Cyr, Chin Leung, Matthieu Johnson-Constantin,
Diana Serban, Tenzin Kunphel Tsering, Maïli Jade Ouellet, Julian-Camilo Osorio, Justin
Friedman, Brandon Benson, Antoine Salvas-Lauzon, Isaac Tomatuk, Frederic Coulombe and April
Whyne had the pleasure to meet His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama.
HHDL holding a chess set, All of us are very grateful for this wonderful gesture!
The chess event was organized by the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism in collaboration with the Chess'n Math Association and MonRoi Inc. Myriam Roy was the Section A MonRoi PCM Winner and Zachary Saine was the Section B MonRoi PCM Winner. We’ve known Myriam since the world’s first International Women Grand-Prix, which was organized by MonRoi in collaboration with a number of chess organizations.
Myriam Roy with her father holding MonRoi PCM
Chess players waiting for His Holiness the Dalai Lama holding Khatas, Matthieu Johnson-Constantin, Xavier
St-Cyr and Zachary Saine
Khatas are white silk scarves offered to HHDL as a gesture of offering goodwill and respect. To present a khata you first fold it in half length-wise, this represents the interdependence between yourself and His Holiness the Dalia Lama. Then when you offer the scarf, you offer the open edges facing His Holiness, the folded section will be towards you, which represents your open, pure heart, with no negative thoughts or motives in the offering. The scarf is given with folded hands near your forehead, with ahumble bow before them, with head bent over and palms joined in respect. MonRoi thanks Ms. Tenzing Musu for all her contributions and teachings in regards to Khata.
HHDL speaks to Brana Giancristofaro: “Is this chessset for me? Now I’ll have to learn how to play chess.”
Chess Players with His Holiness The Dalai Lama
His Holiness serenity and humbleness is captivating. The chess players, their families and organizers
are excited to have shared some private moments with the Dalia Lama, arranged by Victoria Pickering.
Isaac Tomatuk (Wabannutao Eeyou School) and Maïli Jade Ouellet (École Préville) blessed by
The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) is at the centre of every major issue that concerns aboriginal peoples in Canada. Aboriginal peoples in Canada comprise the First Nations, Inuit and Métis. First Nations peoples had settled and established trade routes across what is now Canada by 500 BCE — 1,000 CE. The Cree are one of the largest groups of First Nations/Native Americans in North America, with 200,000 members living in Canada. The Inuit are the descendants of what anthropologists call the Thule culture, which emerged from western Alaska around 1,000 CE and spread eastward across the Arctic, displacing the Dorset culture (in Inuktitut, the Tuniit). The Métis are people descended from marriages between Europeans (mainly French) and Cree, Ojibway, Algonquin, Saulteaux, Menominee, Mi'kmaq, Maliseet, and other First Nations. Their history dates back to the mid-17th century.
Celebrating Diversity at the Chess for Peace Tournament, April Whyne, Brana Giancristofaro, Maili Jade Ouellet, Dana Berman
Vladimir Antoine, Chess’n Math Association with Frederic Coulombe
Thanks to Larry Bevand, who provided all chess sets and clocks for the Chess for Peace exhibition
and Georges Fournier, Chess’n Math Regional Director. William Fisher came all the way from New York to attend
the Chess for Peace event! Hi mom Sally was dedicated to making sure that William participated.
Congratulations to all the participants. They are all winners at this event. Hopefully they could reach your
hearts, as they did mine. This was so much fun!!!
2011 Youth Chess Tournament for Peace Exhibition Video Memories
Anthony also works with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which aims to promote respect and
understanding about the world's major religions. The Canadian Centre for Ecumenism banner
“One world one family”, reminded us of the World Chess federation motto “Gens una sumus”
(We are all one family).
The Chess for Peace event coincided with the 2nd Global Conference for World's Religions After 9/11.
The Conference was organized by McGill University and the University of Montreal. Its Convenor
Dr. Arvind Sharma is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University.
Convenor of the 2nd Global Conference for World's Religions After 9/11, Dr. Arvind Sharma & Brana Giancristofaro
Dr. Arvind Sharma was born at Varanasi in India. After obtaining a Bachelor's degree from Allahabad University, he joined the Indian Administrative Service. After six years as a public servant, he resumed his academic career in 1968 when he joined the University of Syracuse, in upstate New York. He obtained a Master's in Economics in 1971 from that university. His thesis signaled a shift in his academic interests towards religion and he went on to obtain a Masters in Theological Studies from the Harvard Divinity School in 1974, concentrating on comparative religion. He then joined the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies at Harvard University, obtaining his Ph.D. in 1978. He was appointed Lecturer in Asian Religions at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia in 1976 and subsequently to a similar position at the University of Sydney in 1980.
2nd Global Conference of World's Religions After 9/11,Professors Robert Thurman, Steven T. Katz,
Tariq Ramadan, His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Professor Gregory Baum, Dean Ellen Aitken
The Canadian Centre for Ecumenism’s mission is to advance social harmony in today's pluralistic society by building bridges of collaboration among different faith traditions.
LinksChess for Peace by Abbey Emmanuel Alo of Ghana