Global Scholar in Residence Gives GU Peace Pole | Community Spirit
Gonzaga University's Global Scholar in Residence, Venerable Geshe Thupten Phelgye, gave the university a Peace Pole in a ceremony this afternoon behind College Hall.
Geshe Phelgye used his own resources to have the 8-foot-high, red cedar, Peace Pole built. The phrase “May Peace Prevail on Earth” is inscribed on each of the four sides in four languages; English, Tibetan, Hebrew and Arabic.
“I would like to offer a Peace Pole to Gonzaga University for its institutional birthday celebrating the 125th anniversary of living out the Jesuit educational mission of the service of faith in the promotion of peace and social justice,” Geshe Phelgye said. “This is also an expression of my deep love and appreciation to the leadership of the university for inviting me as the the first Global Scholar in Residence.”
Geshe Phelgye was born in Tibet in 1956, and in in 1959 he and his parents walked to India to flee the Communist invasion of Tibet. He became a monk at 17 and in 1991 earned a doctorate in Buddhist philosophy from the Sera Monastic University. Geshe Phelgye was invited by the religious studies department at Gonzaga to be the Global Scholar in Residence starting in 2011.
The modern Peace Pole was first dedicated in 1955 in Japan in memory of Hiroshima. Now, Peace Poles can be found all over the world including one at the magnetic North Pole in Canada and several can be found around the Spokane area. Geshe Phelgye wants this Peace Pole to “inspire and transform the thoughts and actions of global peace among the students as well as all people who walk on the Gonzaga campus.”