Tibetan Peace Garden, SE1

Where: Outside the Imperial War Museum, SE1

What:  The lettering is found on the ‘Language Pillar’, a stone pillar carved with the words of the Dalai Lama in English, Hindi, Chinese and Tibetan. The design of the pillar is based on a similar example in Lhasa, Tibet, from the 9th century known as the Sho pillar.

A short distance away a mandala carved from plaster and cast in bronze (based on a Dharma wheel), surrounded by four sculptures representing the four points of the axis (North, South, East, West) each representing the four elements (Air, Fire, Earth and Water). Around the mandala are eight meditation seats which represent the Buddha’s eight-fold path (right view, right speech, right thought, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration).

The peace garden is in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park.


We human beings are passing through a crucial period in our development.
Conflicts and mistrust have plagued the past century, which has brought immeasurable human suffering and environmental destruction. It is in the interests of all of us on this planet that we make a joint effort to turn the next century into an era of peace and harmony.
May this peace garden become a monument to the courage of the Tibetan people and their commitment to peace.
May it remain as a symbol to remind us that human survival depends on living in harmony and always choosing the path of non-violence in resolving our differences.

Material: Stone / mandala in bronze

Artist: Language pillar lettering carved by Mark Frith and designed by Sally Bower; sculptures and layout of the garden conceived by artist Hamish Horsley with architect Guy Stansfeld and Lama Duboom Tilku. The element sculptures were carved with Jason Mulligan, Alyosha Moran, Keb Garavito and Lucy Churchill.

Date: 1999

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