Archive for June, 2008

Peace Pole Re-Dedication at “My Second Home”-June 27, 2008

Monday, June 30th, 2008

June 27, 2008 marked the annual Peace Pole re-dedication at the intergenerational daycare center called Mount Kisco Daycare/My Second Home in Mount Kisco, NY. Although a light drizzle drove the festivities indoors, participants from toddlers carrying flags to seniors reading inspirational quotes all enjoyed the focus on peace.

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WPPS UN Representative Deborah Moldow asked everyone to call out the name of their country of origin, which sparked great enthusiasm. She then taught the youngsters the meaning of “May Peace Prevail On Earth” (“prevail” means “win”!), and led the group in sending the prayer from their hearts to their families, the community and the whole world. All joined in singing “Let There Be Peace on Earth and Let It Begin With Me.”

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Later, Deborah offered a concert of Broadway songs in honor of her mother’s 91st birthday.

Peace Prayers with Lama Gangchen at the United Nations-June 19, 2008

Monday, June 30th, 2008

June 19, 2008

T.Y.S. Lama Gangchen Tulku Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist lama and healer, met WPPS UN Representative Deborah Moldow at the United Nations on Thursday, June 19th during a rare visit to New York. The two first met in 1995, when Deborah introduced the Lama to the UN community. Over the years, he has conducted World Peace Flag Ceremonies and Peace Pole plantings in several parts of the world.

Lama Gangchen led prayers for peace in the UN meditation room and at the beautiful gold stupa containing relics of the Buddha that stands outside the General Assembly Hall. Lama Gangchen, who had traveled the world with the relics and was instrumental in bringing them to the UN, placed the Peace Pole on the stupa before beginning his prayers. The small Peace Pole shone with a special glow in all the photos, and everyone prayed together, “May Peace Prevail On Earth.” Deborah offered the Peace Pole to Lama Gangchen, who promised to take it with him everywhere he goes in his travels around the world.

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Walk for Values USA-June 22, 2008

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Battery Park, NYC
June 22, 2008

Hundreds of Americans Pledge to make a Difference!

New York, NY, Walk for Values USA took the city by storm on Sunday, June 22, 2008 as hundreds of Americans from all walks of life stepped out to make a difference! The walk took place in downtown Manhattan, beginning and ending in Battery Park.

Walk for Values USA is unique because unlike other walks, it is not a fundraiser, protest rally or demonstration. Instead, it seeks simply to raise the awareness that shapes the way people think, feel and behave. To encourage the expression of our “Truth” as human beings in areas of Conduct, Peace, Love and Nonviolence!

Reiko Kamozawa and Akiko Imaizumi, both members of The World Peace Prayer Society, were placed in front, to lead more than 500 people in the Walk for Values USA. They carried our message in their hearts and hands, as they so proudly displayed a banner and Peace Pole, inscribed with the Universal Prayer, May Peace Prevail On Earth.

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Einweihung Friedenspfahl in Schleiz-June 17, 2008

Monday, June 30th, 2008

First of many more to follow…

Peace Pole planted at the Sparkasse Saale Savings Bank in Germany
June 17, 2008

The Peace Pole dedication was very successful and there was such a welcoming repsonse from the media and the town citizens! The 4 sided Peace Pole features the languages German, English, Russian and Japanese with the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth.

The bank Manager, Mr. Helmut Schmidt, who initiated the Peace Pole planting, hopes that he “got the ball rolling.” He said, “We remain with the wish that other financial institutions (most of all of course other Sparkassen Savings Banks) follow our example and also plant Peace Poles in their regions.” 

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 The people in the photograph from the left:
Bank Manager, Helmut Schmidt
The CEO of the Kreissparkasse Saale
District Chief Executive Mr. Frank Roβner
Town Mayor, Mrs. Walther
The former East German Oppositionist and author, Lutz Rathenow

USA High School sends Peace Pole to its partner High School in Germany-April, 2008

Monday, June 30th, 2008

In April 2008, the Anne Frank School in Havixbeck, Germany, received a Peace Pole from the school’s partner school in Maple City, Michigan USA. Both, the English teacher and the German students were pretty surprised about this unexpected gift. The Peace Pole will serve as a reminder to students from both schools regarding their commitment to partnership that was initiated in 1999. In addition to German, English and Spanish, the Peace Pole features the language of a Native American Nation tribe named Ojibwa. The school’s Headmaster, Mr. Niehaus was very impressed and will use the Peace Pole as a daily reminder to keep peace and cooperation ever present in our minds.

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Peace Pole along Bikers Path outside Munich – Germany-April, 2008

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Mr. Herr, who lives outside Munich, learned about the Peace Pole Project during a public speech given by The World Peace Prayer Society’s Chairperson, Mrs. Masami Saionji, in March 2008. Immediately, he ordered a Peace Pole from the German Peace Pole maker and planted it in the garden of his weekend home. The garden is on a popular bicycle route to one of Munich’s recreation lakes and can be seen by people passing by. The planting took place during a lovely April day.

Posing for the photograph are Mr. Herr’s friends from Spain, Iran and Germany.

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WPPS Chairperson speaks at Munich Hotel – Germany-March 11, 2008

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Mrs. Masami Saionji, Chairperson of The World Peace Prayer Society, travels around the world as a lector and one of her favorite topics is the Power of Words. Words carry vibrations strong enough to inspire, heal and transform the human heart as well as the Kingdom of plants, animals and all creation.

In the photo, you see her during a presentation in Munich on March 11th at the Eden Wolff Hotel; the evening’s theme was “Healing Mother Earth.” Mrs. Saionji was invited by The South German Chair of the Violet party, a spiritual party, which is going through the pre-election process in Germany right now. Info about the Violets (in German language only) can be found at www.die-violetten.de

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“ENERGY FOR PEACE” Austria uses Peace Pole as symbol for their work-March, 2008

Monday, June 30th, 2008

The Austrian region of Vorarlberg – very close to Switzerland and Germany – has not only a wonderful countryside and attracts many tourists, it is also often a forerunner in projects. Already a couple of years ago, together with their local electricity provider and the “Climate Alliance Austria” a few dedicated Vorarlbergers started the initiative “Energy for Peace.” They encourage offices of public affairs (community, town hall, etc.) and schools to invest in a photovoltaic device on the respective property to create their own electricity, they can either fully use up their electricity of “feed” it back in the general electricity net.

With the photovoltaic device always comes a Peace Pole to show the whole idea behind it: Change your consciousness towards peace by developing a sustainable infrastructure.

In the flyer of “Energy for Peace,” the founder of the World Peace Prayer Society, Mr. Masahisa Goi and his principles are featured. On the photo you see the Peace Pole of the first Academic High School in Vorarlberg’s town Egg which found a sponsor for 1 photovoltaic device.

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Peace Tree on Balcony in Germany-June 2, 2008

Monday, June 30th, 2008

During the first week of June, I received these photos with a letter from a lady who attended my Peace Pole Laptop Presentation in Munich with Mrs. Masami Saionji as the guest speaker. The lady was so inspired that she copied the messages from my German WPPS flyer and created her own individual “Peace Tree” on the balcony.

She is enthused about the Peace Pole Project and inaugurated her tree with friends. She now hopes that the wind will carry the messages on her balcony to the rest of the world. In her spare time, she gives Earth Meditations and invited groups to her home in Southern Germany.

May Peace Prevail On Earth,
Dagmar Berkenberg, WPPS – Germany

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Thank You Children!-August, 2008

Monday, June 30th, 2008

We have received artwork from around the world for the
11th Annual Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and Awards.

The theme this year is “Friendship” and each piece of artwork highlights
the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth.
The love, effort and enthusiasm of each child is expressed through the beautiful entries which will inspire and touch the hearts of many who view them.

The Awards Gala will take place on September 21st on the
International Day of Peace in Beacon New York – USA. www.wppspeacepals.org

Some of last years entries:

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Manila, Philippines – 13 year old

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West Kalimantan, India – 8 year old

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Hong Kong, China – 13 year old

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Mumbai, India – 11 year old