Discipline: Social Science
This study delved on the 14th Dalai Lamas’ and the selected literary philosophers’ teachings on peace and their implications for global peace education. To achieve the objective of this study, the qualitative philosophical method of research in analyzing the tenets of peace in the representative literary works was employed. This involved the science of textual criticism and hermeneutics supported by the researcher’s analysis and insights with reference to the content of the texts to bring about the philosophical treatment of the selected works.
The results of analysis and interpretation revealed how the 14th Dalai Lama, Daisaku Ikeda and ThichNhatHanh registered in strong conviction that through inner peace, genuine world peace can be achieved. This study proceeds further by citing the intrapersonal, interpersonal and international aspects of peace dealt with in the selected works. Likewise, this paper finds the teachings of the identified literary philosophers embodying their treatment of characters and state of affairs as being and becoming searchers for the true meaning of peace. The findings of this study bespeaks of the writers’ works as tributes to humanity and man’s capacity to create a better and peaceful world.