Archive for March, 2014

Peace Pole Presented to Founders of Tibetan Home of Hope – Nyack NY

Monday, March 31st, 2014

On March 29th Deborah Moldow, WPPS Representative to the United Nations, presented a Peace Pole to Tashi Dolma and Tashi Rabten, founders of the Tibetan Home of Hope for abandoned children in Amdo, Tibet. The Tibetan Home of Hope (http://www.tibetanhomeofhope.org/) is unique in that it not only shelters the children and assures their education, but it also teaches them their Tibetan culture. Deborah spoke about how this beautiful culture based on wisdom and compassion – which was instrumental in setting her on her spiritual path – is so needed for today’s emerging culture of peace.

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The Tibetan Home of Hope had already purchased a full-sized Peace Pole to grace their base in Valley Cottage, NY. The Peace Pole shared the stage with young people who were given certificates for their acts of compassion by Tashi Dolma and Tashi Rabten, along with comedian Johnny Lambert, The Roues Brothers band and singer Mark Farre.

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The occasion was a beautiful event at the Nyack Center in Nyack, NY that raised money to sponsor the children and to build them a playing field at the home. The hall was filled with loving, conscious supporters who very much appreciated the Peace Pole and Tashi Dolma received the honor with great emotion.

May Peace Prevail in Tibet!

Pete Seeger Peace Pole Dedication, March 15th, 2014, Newburgh, New York

Monday, March 24th, 2014

On a cold and windy Ides of March on the banks of the Hudson River we gathered to remember peace activist and folk musician Pete Seeger. Pete Seeger spent his life speaking out for environmental causes, disarmament, civil rights and created the awareness and action that took a contaminated Hudson River and brought it back to become one of the cleanest major rivers in America.

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Pete was a longtime friend of The World Peace Prayer Society and was known to regularly stake ground with a group of fellow activists along Route 9 in Fishkill, NY. Holding signs and banners, Pete and his friends would bring attention to the worlds injustices to the drivers who passed by and Pete would always have a Peace Pole out there with them.

We have been fortunate to have had Pete lend his time and talents to our work over the years and we will be forever in his debt. Not just in his debt for his help in our mission to share the message of May Peace Prevail on Earth, but in his debt for the example he set for us all on this planet.

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Photo by: Dan Olson of Olson Antiques

When we gathered on March 15th we were there to dedicate a Peace Pole in Pete and his wife Toshi’s honor along with Hudson Valley residents, Reverend Sylvester McClearn who was a civil rights leader and Earth Day Founder John McConnell, who all passed away within the last year.

Jim Dugan from The World Peace Prayer Society led a World Peace Flag Ceremony as flags were held by members of Rotary International, The Salvation Army, local peace activists and members of the community. Jim also addressed the crowd about Pete Seeger and his work towards a more peaceful and cleaner planet. Jim spoke of how Pete’s work resonated and was aligned with the mission of The World Peace Prayer Society and the power of the spoken word as a tool for positive change.

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Photo by: Dan Olson of Olson Antiques

Douglas Martin of the Peace Bell Foundation led us with help of a half dozen volunteers in several beautiful peace songs with the music created only with hand held bells. We all ended the day by singing the civil rights anthem “If I Had a Hammer” that was written by Pete and Lee Hays back in 1949 and is known by almost every American and people around the world.

On behalf of the global staff of The World Peace Prayer Society, we deeply thank Pete Seeger for his lifelong work to create a better society and environment for each and every one of us and we shall all treasure the gifts he left us.

May Peace Prevail On Earth!

If you have news to share or have seen a Peace Pole during your travels or in your community, please send your stories and photos to: annmarie@worldpeace.org

World Peace Flag Ceremony Highlight of UN Workshop on “The Spiritual Empowerment of Women & Girls”

Monday, March 17th, 2014

March 10th,

The Won Buddhism International UN and Interfaith office organized a beautiful workshop on March 10th on “The Spiritual Empowerment of Women & Girls” as a side event to the 58th annual Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. The World Peace Prayer Society was a co-sponsor, along with the Temple of Understanding, United Religions Initiative and the International Federation of Women in Legal Careers.

There were presentations by:

·      Ven. Chung Ohun Lee, Ph.D., Won Buddhism International

·      H.H. Amma Sri Karunamayi, SMVA Trust

·      Sande Hart, URI North America and the Compassion Games

·      Consolée Nishimwe, author of “Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Pain, Resilience and Hope”

·      Rev. Deborah Moldow, The World Peace Prayer Society

·      Monica Willard, Moderator, United Religions Initiative

The panel was tremendously inspiring, starting with two beloved spiritual leaders. Ven. Chung Ohun Lee spoke of the importance of educating girls, which Amma Sri Karunamayi affirmed with a slide show of her generous work in India providing education, housing and clean water to so many in need. Sande Hart outlined the exciting, new paradigm quest for “Survival of the Kindest” across America and the world. Consolée Nishimwe told of the tremendous faith that brought her through the darkest of night, moving everyone to tears.

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Deborah Moldow thanked everyone present for their personal contribution to the culture of peace that is emerging, empowering women and girls across the globe, as well as encouraging men to recognize the feminine side of their nature. She led a World Peace Flag Ceremony where everyone raised laminated flags representing every country of the world. Countries needing special prayers were acknowledged, and then all the flags were raised at once, and all joined in praying, “May Peace Prevail on Earth!” Monica Willard closed the program by suggesting hugs all around.

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Water Blessing Marks Anniversary of Japanese Tsunami

Friday, March 14th, 2014

March 9, 2014

Sunday, March 9 marked the Third Annual Commemoration of the ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima. The Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition, along with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Riverkeeper, Sierra Club and other coalition members observed this event and stood in solidarity with the people of Japan whose lives have been disrupted forever as their homes and land have been turned into an exclusion zone.

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Jun San Yasuda, a Buddhist nun from the Grafton Peace Pagoda, led a Peace Walk to the Peekskill Riverfront Green by the icy Hudson River. WPPS UN Representative, Rev. Deborah Moldow, along with other local members of the clergy, was invited to address the crowd that gathered there for a ceremony for the Blessing of the River and the Waters of the World. Deborah thanked everyone for holding the light of the new consciousness, bringing forth the wisdom of indigenous traditions and ancient religions that teach us to live in harmony with nature. She led everyone in repeating three times, “May Peace Prevail Upon the Waters. May Peace Prevail on Earth!”

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Handmade Desktop Peace Poles for Gifts – Japan

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

WPPS Japan office received  handmade desktop Peace Poles from Member’s,  Mr & Mrs. Kazuhiko Kojima in Kyoto.

The beautiful desktop Peace Poles are wrapped delicately with Kyoto paper and made into Peace Pole with small stickers.  They offered WPPS the Desktop Peace Poles to give them as gifts.  Mr. and Mrs. Kojima wanted to do something for world peace and their choice was using Kyoto paper as strong points of local Kyoto.

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They enjoy making desktop Peace Poles.  Mr. & Mrs. Kojima would be very happy if these Peace Poles go to different places in the world with goodwill of the people. WPPS Japan office is sharing the mini peace poles with the other international WPPS offices.

Peace Pole Planting – Pfullendorf – Germany

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

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A Peace Pole was planted on the 1st Advent in Pfullendorf, Germany.  It is located outside of a society house which helps people who struggle with finding work due to age, lack of education, lack of self confidence, etc.

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A little Bird studies the languages of the Peace Pole.

The local carpenter of the village donated the Peace Pole.