Archive for May, 2012


Thursday, May 31st, 2012

May 19th, 2012

The “Seeds for Peace” leadership conference, sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation, took place in New York City on May 19, 2012 to benefit the Vigil for International Peace and Ecology. The Vigil is organized by UN staff member Susana Bastaricca and held annually in Central Park on the weekend of the UN International Day of Peace. Susana, who always invites the World Peace Prayer Society to bring a World Peace Flag Ceremony to be a highlight of the Vigil, asked WPPS to perform the same ceremony at the benefit.

The event included interfaith representatives, discussions on global cooperation, a celebration of the global family, and colorful entertainment by multi-cultural singers and dancers. Deborah Moldow, WPPS UN Representative, led the Flag Ceremony with about 60-70 enthusiastic participants from many countries. Holding the Earth Flag was Native American Chief Standing Bear. After everyone had prayed with great sincerity for peace in all countries, baritone Sam Lackey sang his moving composition, “Thank You for Peace.”

Photo credit: Graeme Carmichael Photograph

Peace Pals International Art Exhibition in Jelenia Gora – POLAND

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

April 2012

We had the pleasure to organize PPIAE in Jelenia Gora city from April 22nd through May 11th, 2012.

Exhibition was organized in Karkonoshe Art Gallery with the support of Jelenia Gora Municipal Office.

In honor and celebration of International Earth Day (April 22nd), keynote speakers, Mrs. Miroslawa Dzika, Vice Mayor of Jelenia Gora and Mr. Pawel Domagala, Director of Education Department in Jelenia Gora Municipal Office, opened the ceremony for the Peace Pals Exhibition.

Participation in the opening ceremony consisted of officers from the Municipal office, school directors, teachers and students.

During the opening ceremony I spoke to the audience about The World Peace Prayer Society’s Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and the Essay Contest offered by the Goi Peace Foundation.

In a central location we presented the Peace Pole which bears the Universal Peace Message, May Peace Prevail On Earth in the following languages: Polish, English, Japanese and German.

During the following days many students and teachers visited the Peace Pals International Art Exhibition.

Jacek Kozlowski

If you are interested in Hosting a Peace Pals International Art Exhibition in your Country/Community – Please visit:

One Life, One Mind, One Spirit on World Shift Day – WorldBeat Cultural Center-San Diego, CA – USA

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

May 20th, 2012

One Life, One Mind, One Spirit on World Shift Day.
A call to unite our hearts as one, in prayer and drumming

World Peace Ceremony with an inauguration of the Peace Pole.

Lead by Joanne Tawfilis – Commissioner, US National Commission to UNESCO

In observance of the Solar Eclipse at 2pm

A Free Community Event
Protect WorldBeat Center with prayers for peace.


Peace Pole in Kathi’s Hippie Haven – USA

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

One of the things I look forward to with my garden is having a place where I can just be in nature and relax away from phones and stress and TV and all those things. Just me and nature and to be at peace. While we were planning our garden one of the things I wanted in it was a Peace Pole.
Our Peace Pole bears the message written in English because we live in America, in Polish because my husband is Polish, in Gaelic because I am Irish, and in Spanish because our son is from Guatemala.

So if you need some time to sit and meditate or to find a bit of inner peace, come pull up a chair or a blanket next to the Buddha statue and look at the Peace Pole and the plants growing and breathe in the fresh air of Spring.
May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Peace Pole in the Dawson College Peace Garden – Montreal – CANADA

Thursday, May 31st, 2012


Please find enclosed some recent pictures of the Dawson Peace Garden.

You will see the Peace Pole solidly fixed in it’s final resting place.

Anastasia’s tree is in full bloom… 😉

Jean Trudel

This Peace Pole was dedicated last year in the Dawson College Peace Garden.
The Dawson College Peace Garden created, honors Anastasia; the student who died in a random shooting five years earlier.

May Peace Prevail in Montreal!
May Peace Prevail on Earth!

Peace Pole sightings – Okinawa, JAPAN to Montgomery, AL- USA

Thursday, May 31st, 2012


Dear Ann Marie,
My husband is in the US Air Force and the first picture attached was taken in 2006 when we were stationed in Okinawa, Japan (the Peace Pole is located at Hedo Point). This is one of my very favorite pictures from the island. Okinawa is such a beautiful place with a brutal history and I loved capturing that message (May Peace Prevail On Earth) on the Peace Pole in both the Japanese and English language!

Much to my surprise, we spotted another Peace Pole this weekend while visiting the church (Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church) where Martin Luther King, Jr. preached in Montgomery, AL. Again, to find such a message at a place where both slaves were sold and where the civil rights movement began is so wonderful! I had no idea this was a world wide project until I found information on a website. I whole heartedly embrace your message and mission.

Thank you for what you do! May Peace Prevail!

Leigh Ann Miller

Community Peace Day Clean up-Amenia, NY-USA

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

April 28th, 2012

Peace is about unity in community to care for our planet, and all the precious elements it contains to sustain life:  water, air, earth and plants!

On Saturday, April 28th, Jim Dugan of the World Peace Prayer Society joined other volunteers with Amenia’s Annual Clean Up Day. The World Peace Sanctuary, home of the World Peace Prayer Society, is located in Wassaic, NY which is a Hamlet of the Town of Amenia. The Sanctuary has participated in many of these local Clean Up Days providing hands on trash removal on local roads and the use of the Sanctuaries heavy duty pick up truck. The use of the truck is instrumental to haul the numerous bags of trash filled by Jim and other volunteers, car tires and odd discarded household items to the Amenia Solid Waste Transfer Station. This year Jim’s right hand man for the day was 12 year old Millerton, NY resident Sevrin Sarachek.

Photo by Libellule Sarachek.

Peace Yoga at The World Peace Sanctuary – Wassaic, New York – SA

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

May 7th, 2012

Hatha Yoga is offered at The World Peace Sanctuary on Monday evenings at 5:30 p.m.

Class began on Monday, May 7th, 2012.

Ann Marie Robustelli, WPPS Executive Assistant, welcomed everyone with a brief explanation regarding the mission of The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS).

The Universal Peace Message and Prayer, “May Peace Prevail On Earth” is the opening statement for each session.

These lovely women are from the surrounding areas: Wingdale, Dover Plains, Amenia and Wassaic, New York. Maria Polhemus, Yoga Instructor (1st on R).

World Peace Day & Buddha’s 2556th Birthday Celebration, Princeton, New Jersey-USA

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

A Samadhi (meditation posture) statue of the Buddha was unveiled on the grounds in September 2009. This Buddha Statue is the largest in the Western hemisphere. Since the unveiling of the statue, the New Jersey Buddhist Vihara & Meditation Center has become a landmark attracting a steady stream of visitors throughout the year.

Buddha Day is celebrated in all Buddhist communities and countries around the world. It honors the three most important events in the life of Buddha: his birth, his enlightenment, and the attainment of Nirvana at his death.

The Buddha Day celebration seeks to unite our community with his message of inner happiness and universal peace.

In collaboration with various local organizations several activities were presented at the World Peace Day & Buddha’s Birthday Celebration, held at the New Jersey Buddhist Vihara & Meditation Center on Sunday, May 6th, 2012. The event included: Walking Meditation, Peace Pole dedication, World Peace Flag Ceremony and Interfaith Peace Prayer.

A special Peace Pole Dedication and World Peace Prayer & Flag Ceremony was presented by Ann Marie Robustelli, Assistant Director at The World Peace Sanctuary.

Ms. Robustelli opened with this prayer from Buddha, “Better than a thousand hollow versus, is one word that brings peace.” “May Peace Prevail On Earth is the Universal Peace Message & Prayer of The World Peace Prayer Society.

Ms. Robustelli gifts desktop Peace Poles to Buddhist Monks

Jim Dugan, Sanctuary Manager at The World Peace Sanctuary presents Certificate to The NJ Buddhist Vihara.

Tulsi R. Maharjan, Ph.D. and President of the Friends of Nepal- NJ- read aloud the Proclamations from Senator Christopher Bateman, Congressman Rush Holt and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula.

Sponsoring Organizations included Friends of Nepal – NJ, Somerset County Cultural Diversity Coalition, Rotary International District 7510, The World Peace Prayer Society, NJ Buddhist Vihara, Franklin Township Interfaith Council and many other local interfaith organizations.

Sundance Montessori School has joined The Peace Pole Project-Folsom, California-USA

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

April 21sth, 2012

Hi Ann Marie (Robustelli),

Sundance Montessori School has finally joined the Peace Pole Project. Since 2007 we have been trying to get a Peace Pole on our campus, with various teachers and faculty involved. But something always got in the way of us ever actually completing the project–until April 21, 2012.

During our Annual Ice Cream Social, we set aside time for our Peace Pole dedication Ceremony. The event brought together current students, as well as alumni students, and drew in a crowd of about 100 people! We chose languages specific to our community: Arabic, Chinese, English, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Spanish, and a special message for our families: May Peace be in our Homes. (Italian was actually chosen to honor Maria Montessori, the Italian physician who pioneered the Montessori method of education).

During the ceremony I spoke about the significance of the Peace Pole honoring the work of Masahisa Goi to spread the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” I also spoke of the founder of our school’s pedagogy, Maria Montessori, and her work to transform society by changing education as a means for peace. For her work in education she was nominated for the nobel peace prize three times (1949-1951).

After the ribbon was cut, one of our teachers led the children to sing “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing,” after which, the children passed out ribbons with the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” that the children had handwritten.

It was a lovely project to take part in because it brought our community together in many ways: parents donated money towards the purchase of the Peace Pole, on a special garden day, three of the fathers of the school dug the hole, poured the cement and leveled the Peace Pole, several businesses in the area donated flowers and other supplies for the dedication ceremony, the children helped write out the messages on the ribbons and they planted all the flowers around the Peace Pole.

We were fortunate to have local community newspaper, ZOOM, cover our event and do a write up in their publication. We also posted the event on our Facebook page.

Our Peace Pole now stands at the very front entrance of our campus, for all passerbys to see. It also greets everyone who comes onto our campus each day. We think it has really transformed our campus, and added an extra touch of tranquility to our school.

We are very honored to be a part of The World Peace Prayer Society and the Peace Pole Project.

Thank you,
Brenda Rios, Director of Admissions
Sundance Montessori School, Inc.
216 Natoma Street Folsom, CA 9563