* Date : 2017-01-30
Mother Park Chung-soo, a Won-Buddhist Nun, who touches the global community with her humanitarian aid
Mother Park Chung-soo, a Won-Buddhist nun, talks about sharing love to everyone, regardless of religion, politics and nationalities.
She is a proud Korean who was nominated as one of the top 10 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. 2016 was a special year for her, as she received the Manhae Peace Prize, which is known as the Nobel Peace Prize in Buddhism.
She leapt over religious boundaries and did relief activities in Korea and 55 countries around the world. A cantata performance was held to celebrate her life. It was a performance where we could see a religious harmony.
"It is a noble and beautiful deed to perform a cantata about a person's life."
- Kim Sung-jae, Former Minister of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Her first humanitarian aid was helping leper patients at the Catholic welfare center, the St. Lazarus Village.
"There was a foreign nun helping leper patients. Normally, foreigners have smooth and white hands. It was March, but her hands had blisters and were red. I felt apologetic when I saw her hands. That motivated me to help leper patients."
She has been spreading love to the needy for 41 years now. She sold yeot, Korean taffy for 15 years to help leper patients and this story is a touching one which is still told by others.
Soon, she traveled to the village of Ladakh, which is 3,600 meters above sea level located in Northern India, and established schools and hospitals and operate them for free. She even changed the killing field in Cambodia to 'Dream Fields' by helping to remove the landmines.
"I received notice that an English foundation removed landmines in 35,583 square feet of land. They told me I had rescued about 100 people. I stopped someone from losing their legs and hands, and I stopped someone from losing their eyesight."
Mother Park Chung-soo is over the age of 80 but she is leading a fruitful life. This edition of The INNERview sheds light on her interest, love and passion to those in need.