Archive for June, 2010

May Peace Prevail in Amenia, New York, USA Strawberry Festival

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

June 12th, 2010

The inclement weather did not dampen the spirits of the Amenia community!

Volunteers and supporter came out on this chilly and rainy day to support the Amenia Strawberry Festival. It is an annual community gathering introduced by the Presbyterian Church, 37 years ago, as one of its major fundraisers. It has grown to become the town’s annual event.

The Amenia Library, founded in 1938, co-sponsors this event, featuring a silent auction, baked goods, and of course, a book sale!

The WPPS traveling Peace Pole, crafted at The World Peace Sanctuary was well received by many on this day as it joined over 30 Peace Poles that have been planted in this small rural town, over the past 20 years. Wayne Euvard, Amenia Town Supervisor and Alan Gamble, President of Amenia Library were pleased to see the Peace Pole displayed at the outside entrance library; the main corridor to the event.

Left: Amenia Town Supervisor,Wayne Euvard, and President of Amenia Library, Alan Gamble

Left: Amenia Library Board of Trustees, Virginia (Ginny) Eschbach & Amenia Town Board Councilwoman, Vicki Perotti Right: Volunteers, Susan Anderson and Gail Gamble

Amenia is the township of Wassaic, New York, where The World Peace Sanctuary, International Headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society is located.

Ann Marie Robustelli
Executive Assistant & Community Relations
at The World Peace Sanctuary
www.worldpeace.org
www.peacepoleproject.org

Peace Pole at Dutchess County Interfaith Council Music Festival Wappingers Falls, NY, USA

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

June 6th, 2010

Peace Pole at the Music Festival at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Wappingers Falls, NY on June 6th, 2010. The people in the photograph from left to right are: Safiyyah Saffir, an intern serving on a volunteer basis with the Dutchess County Interfaith Council (DCIC), Theresa Giovanniello, the current President of the Board of DCIC, and Muriel Horowitz, a board member from Temple Beth-El in Poughkeepsie, NY. Muriel also performed on the program as a story teller, telling a story along with a wordless song (called a niggunin or niggun in Hebrew).

It was an afternoon of terrific music and an experience of uniting people of many faiths under one roof in the spirit of true peace and harmony. Appearing on the Program were representives from the Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Jewish, Baha’i, Baptist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, and Methodist faith traditions. There were dancers and singers both adult and children as well as young drummers from the Hindu Samaj in addition to a recorder ensemble, a festival organist and a multifaith choir.

Dutchess County Interfaith Council
29 North Hamilton Street,
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845)471-7333
dutchessinterfaithcouncil@gmail.com

Symphony of Peace Prayers at Mt. Fuji Sanctuary, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka, JAPAN

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

The Global Peace Meditation and Prayer Day – WORLD SHIFT DAY – May 16, 2010

The Symphony of Peace Prayer Day (SOPP) held at the Mt. Fuji Sanctuary was the commencement for World Shift Day, starting a ripple of meditation and prayer events around the world. Over ten-thousand people gathered on this day and sat outdoors at the foot of Mt. Fuji.

The skies were clear of clouds, blanketed by hues of blue as the sun blessed us with the assurance of a ‘new day dawning’ as people from all walks of life, culture and faiths joined us in prayer for the World Shift Day. Participants gathered from around the globe in the spirit of peace, harmony, compassion and love. For many it was their first time attending SOPP, for others it was coming home, as people reconnected with one another through warm embraces and conversations of peace and unity. On this day during the four hour Ceremony at the foothills of Mt. Fuji, attendees united as ONE, offering Prayers for Peace.

Mrs. Masami Saionji, Chairperson of Byakko began the ceremony by welcoming everyone to the sacred land of Fuji Sanctuary. Mrs. Sainonji, kindly informed the participants that the prayers on this day would envelop all the people who we are close to and whom we meet every day in our lives with a wondrous light. She went on to say, “’Symphony of Peace Prayers’ is a powerful, light-filled phrase that contains within it a wish, a vision, and a mission for humanity to live in happiness, peace, health, and harmony, and for each individual to accomplish his or her sacred purpose in this world.”

Mr. Tomohiko Naya, President of Byakko gave the welcoming address. He offered gratitude to each and every one of us who came from around the world to participate in SOPP. In his address he said, “The essence of the SOPP is in praying together, transcending all religious boundaries. With respect for one another, gratitude for all existence, and a spirit of great harmony that is born from a loving and open heart, we will realize a world where we pray with one voice the peace prayers of different faiths and nations.”

Following a presentation of universal mudras by Byakko Shinko Kai.

Thousands of voices could be heard as we joined in prayer with the following religious leaders, spoken in their native languages:
Grand Imam, Mr. Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad – Islam
Fr. James Channan, O.P. – Christianity – Dominican Order
Mr. Mikinosuke Kakisaka – Shintoism
Mr. Shunkai Matsuura – Buddhism – Risshu
Mother Mangalam – Hinduism
Rabbi Ted Falcon, Ph.D. – Judaism
Pastor Don Mackenzie – Christianity
Sheikh Jamal Rahman – Islam Sufism

The breathtaking view of the flags, as each national flag was presented by flag bearers as they walked in beautiful formation as the prayers for peace for each country was spoken in its native language and recited by each and every voice. The 192 world countries and all the other regions of the world were prayed for on this day.

The grand finale left most of us with tears in our eyes, as the Universal Flag was displayed in a beautiful dance on the stage. After the sound of the bell, everyone together started to meditate on “Peace” by reciting May Peace Prevail On Earth for 1 minute with powerful intention.

Mr. Christopher Currell a musician and artist from the United States performed through his Cosmic instruments as he guided the audience in Universal Meditation through Cosmic Sounds and Music. He gave us the message, “Light is a creative source. The universe is an echo of the creative source…fundamentally a vibration. Everything is a result of a creative thought.”

This year we were joined by nine youth representatives from various parts of the world who have been inspired by the theme of SOPP and who plan on organizing local SOPP ceremonies in their home countries. They each spoke and left us with their messages of peace and hope for the future. Each is actively working for peace in a variety of fields.

Augusto Cuginotti – Brazil
Brian Dickson – Canada
Eric Roy – USA
Gavin James Morgan – Scotland
Judith Parishka – French Canada
Karoline Buys – Columbia/Germany
Nicolas Atallah – Palestine
Paola Pioltelli – Peru/Italy
Sandro Marcone – Peru

Ms. Yuka Saionji, Deputy Chairperson gave her closing remarks. Offering her gratitude to each and every one of us.

”From my personal perspective, I cannot begin to express the energy and vibrations which I felt. It was and is still awe inspiring to me and continues to bring me to a place of great joy when I remember that moment in which I will carry with me forever.”

May Peace Prevail on Earth
Jules Lamore

International students from Anniesland College meet Glasgow’s high school students, Scotland, UK

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

June 8-10, 2010

Last week, the Allanton Sanctuary, located in Auldgirth, Dumfries in Scotland, hosted a 3 day-workshop/gathering for 16 students from the Anniesland College in Glasgow, Scotland. The students are from: Afghanistan, Burundi, China, Eritrea, Iran, Kurdistan, Lithuania, Somalia, The Democratic Republic of Congo

Although these students have only been living in the United Kingdom for less than a year, they have been studying hard and their English is very good now. The College has been running a special programme to help the students integrate into this culture.

Staff of the Allanton Sanctuary invited the local high school students to the gathering. They all took part in an activity called, ‘what peace means’ as individuals, in the community, in the world and in the environment. The students from both schools got along quite well. Together they enjoyed working, talking, dancing and having fun. Bonds were made, and ‘facebook’ and ‘twitter’ addresses exchanged.

The visit culminated in a World Peace Flag Ceremony and the students from Anniesland College carried the flag of their own country and sent wish and prayer, May Peace Prevail On Earth to their homeland.

Allanton Sanctuary
Auldgirth, Dumfries DG2 0 RY
Tel No 01387 740 642
The World Peace Prayer Society

LIVE UStream Event: Planting PEACE in the heart of Tokyo, JAPAN

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

May 12th, 2010

A Peace Pole was dedicated at the offices of The Golden Pyramid of Peace in Tokyo, Japan. The Peace Pole Dedication and World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony was hosted in collaboration with The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS), The Tree of Life Foundation and The Golden Pyramid of Peace.

Rabbi Sir Gabriel Cousens M.D., Director of The Tree of Life Foundation, in Patagonia, Arizona, USA, is a long time health and peace advocate. He has been instrumental in planting dozens of Peace Poles in the past few decades to help spread the Universal Peace Message, May Peace Prevail On Earth. Gabriel was in Tokyo for the first time presenting a series of workshops and lectures at The Golden Pyramid of Peace.

Gudni Gudnason, Founder of The Golden Pyramid of Peace, organizes events around the world with a simple vision and message in mind: “Peace worldwide starts from within.” His head office in the heart of Tokyo is the hub for peace workers and like minded individuals who feel a call to be “the change you want to see in the world.”

Rabbi Sir Gabriel Cousens, Gudni Gudnson and Fumi Johns Stewart, Executive Director of WPPS, decided to collaborate on this event to anchor PEACE in the heart of Tokyo by planting a Peace Pole at the offices of The Golden Pyramid of Peace.

After opening remarks by Sir, Cosens and Ms. Stewart, participants gathered around the Peace Pole with focused intention to send prayers for peace to prevail in each of the 192 countries of the world. The World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony is always a heart opening experience for participants. On this day, the vibration was especially heightened, as energies merged with people from around the world joining us in prayers for peace via the internet satelite LIVE UStream broadcast.

At the close of the Ceremony, everyone sang and danced around the Peace Pole. This Peace Pole now joins The Peace Pole Project network, where more than 200,000 Peace Poles are deditated in the spirit of peace worldwide. Final words of gratitude and blessings were offered by Gudni Gudnson and his wife Eiko Gudnson who is the Founder of the Shamballah Tribal Community in Tokyo.

Culture of Peace Awards: Wesak Festival, Mt. Shasta, California, USA

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

May 29th, 2010

From left to right: Jasmuheen, Joanna Cherry, Eric Berglund

The 16th Annual Wesak Festival in Mt. Shasta, California was attended by guests from various regions in USA, The United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Germany. The three day event was blessed with a group of inspiring visionaries, teachers and lecturers who captivated and expanded the hearts of the audience with their wisdom and philosophies of thought and practice.

Left to Right: Jude Unegbu, Fumi Johns-Stewart, WPPS, Executive Director

The World Peace Prayer Society’s (WPPS) Culture of Peace Award is given to individuals who are expanding the consciousness in streamline Society across the globe by instructing alternative and proactive ways of community living by addressing issues regarding human relationships, animal kingdom and the environment.

Meg Blackburn Losey

Ana Holub


During the Wesak Festival, the following presenters were awarded with the WPPS Culture of Peace Award for their contribution to All Life on Earth:

Erik Berglund – international recording artist and lecturer
Joanna Cherry – author and founder of Ascension Mastery International
Jasmuheen – author of 33 books and founder of the Self Empowerment Academy and the Embassy of Peace
Ana Holub – Author, forgiveness counselor, mediator and peace educator
Jude Netugbu – Healing Administrator at the Aetherius Society
Meg Blackburn – Author of the international bestseller, The Children of Now
Pepper Lewis – Author of Gaia speaks series
Dawn Fazende – Producer of Wesak and Editor of Mount Shasta Magazine

To read more about these outstanding speakers please visit www.wesak.org

PEACE PALS INTERNATIONAL ART AT DOVER PLAINS LIBRARY, NY, USA

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

JUNE 1ST, 2010

Susan E. Totter, Library Director

The Dover Plains Library was founded in 1904 and has the special feature of the Gail O’Brien Memorial Garden. The Peace Pals Art Exhibition has been added to the variety of children programs offered at the Kids Port section of the Library.

Ann Marie Robustelli
Executive Assistant & Community Relations
At The World Peace Sanctuary
www.worldpeace.org

Polo de Paz Volcán Lanín , Junin de los Andes, ARGENTINA AND CHILE

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

May-2010

In the past there was great conflict between the two countries’ native people, the Mapuches.
This Peace Pole was planted at the foot of Volcán Lanín in Junin de los Andes, on the border of Chile and Argentina.
The Peace Pole was re-planted in May-2010; it had fallen from a snow storm.

Lanín is an ice-clad, cone-shaped stratovolcano on the border of Argentina and Chile. It forms part of two national parks: Lanín in Argentina and Villarrica in Chile. Although the date of its last eruption is not known, it is estimated to have occurred within the last 10,000 years.

Que La Paz Prevalezca En La Tierra! May Peace Prevail On Earth! Photographs submitted by, Elena Becu, Peace Representative in Argentina

Peace Representative New: MPPOE takes the cake…SANTA CRUZ TO AFGHANISTAN

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

May 31st, 2010

WOW! This is beautiful. How cool to open this on Memorial Day. I am thinking about the Soldiers everywhere who serve to preserve their nation’s sovereignty –
May Peace Prevail On Earth!

A dear friend of Renee Marie, WPPS Peace Representative, saw this displayed in a window of a Thai restaurant in Santa Cruz. she, wrote, \

Renee Marie, WPPS Peace Representative
Commander, CO C (MED)
Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan

Peace Pole in Corrientes, ARGENTINA

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Discovered April-2010

I discovered this Peace Pole when on tour with my theater group. It is across the street from the hotel were were staying.
Corrientes is one of the 17 Provinces in Argentina. Its not a very touristy place.

We don’t know who planted it. Pretty amazing!

Mare Cazau – Olivos