Archive for September, 2008

Professor Ervin László attends Peace Pole Planting on July 19, 2008

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Student Tamás Sleiner of the University of Pécs, Hungary, was one of the organizers of the 12th International Culture Week in Pécs in July 2008, A youth festival, which has been growing each year. Mr. Sleiner inspired by the peace message May Peace Prevail On Earth took the initiative to suggest a Peace Pole planting at the University during the festival.

Special guest at the festival this year was Hungarian Professor Erwin Laszlo. The professor gave his keynote speech of the conference at the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Pécs. In his holistic approach he touched upon the various elements of the complex issue of “planetary consciousness” which is the fundamental understanding of our world that serves as an incentive to take personal and local actions for a more sustainable way of life.

Mr. Laszlo is the founder of the Club of Budapest, supporter of The World Peace Prayer Society and author of countless books such as “You Can Change the World” which features an article of The World Peace Prayer Society Chairperson, Masami Saionji.

British Ethologist and UN Messenger for Peace, Jane Goodall, sent a video message to the conference participants.

MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH!

Cynthia’s Kindergarten Peace Pole Planting – Sandpoint, Idaho USA-August 11, 2008

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

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Submitted by Keiko Lewis – May Peace Prevail On Earth

Dear Peace Friends,
I would like to share the lovely Peace Pole planting ceremony at Cynthia’s Kindergarten which was held on August 11, 2008.

The ceremony began with the native Indian flute music played by Eloiwa.

The children shared their images, words & artworks – called “What Does Peace Look Like?” They are magnificent…they talked about sharing and taking care of everyone & nature. A boy said, “I will convince the president to stop the wars. I would say, talk to them and please stop fighting!”

The children sang beautiful songs with Cynthia then a Peace Pole, inscribed with the message May Peace Prevail On Earth inscribed in English, Japanese, French and Navajo, was planted at the front garden. They made beautiful stepping stones that surrounded the Peace Pole.

Sending you Infinite Love and Gratitude from Sandpoint, Idaho.

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The Philosopher Saint Shree Dnyaneshwara-World Peace Prize 2008-August 1, 2008

Thursday, September 25th, 2008
Mr. Hiroo Saionji and Mrs. Masami Saionji, President and Chairperson of The World Peace Prayer Society and The Goi Peace Foundation were awarded the Philosopher Saint Shree Dnyaneshwara World Peace Prize 2008 from the World Peace Center in Pune, India on August 1, 2008.

At Ground Zero-August 11, 2008

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Submitted by Renee Marie, Peace Representative of The World Peace Prayer Society.

Some of you know that I happened to make it to Ground Zero (World Trade Center site) on August 11, 2008 to visualize and pray for World Peace.

 

It must have been by divine plan that the right security superintendent, Pio Monsini, saw me (I was in my Army Duty Uniform for travel). He escorted me inside the perimeter security fencing. It must have been divine intention that I had the Desk Top Peace Pole, bearing the message May Peace Prevail On Earth wrapped in my brown Army Towel, sticking through the backpack I carried.

It was also divine intention that the Director of Capital Programs Development for Port Authority NJ/NY, Steven Slate, also came into the area around 6:30 pm and asked if I wanted to view the Family Memorial Trailer. He explained that this memorial trailer will become part of a permanent museum on these hallowed grounds. He shared plans for all of the work that was being done in the site. I told him about A Call To Peace, a world peace gathering on AUG 9th,  held at The World Peace Sanctuary in Amenia, NY and about the Peace Pole Project (like the one I had in the side pocket of my back pack). He asked, “Do you want to leave it here.” My first feelings were of possession and pride in owning this special Peace Pole, gifted to each of us by Fumi Johns-Stewart and the WPPS staff. This quickly gave way to understanding that this all happened as it was supposed to happen and this Peace Pole was supposed to be HERE! Now the Peace Message and Prayer, May Peace Prevail On Earth is with the World Family of hope in this hallowed place.

 

May we each enjoy little ways of gifting and opportunities to listen to what feels like Divine Callings and may we give-in to them as co-creators of all that is GOOD in our hearts! Please share the World Peace Message and Prayer wherever you can ~ the domino effect is powerful!

May Peace Prevail On Earth.

“Chalk it Up 4 Peace” —MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH!-September 1, 2008

Thursday, September 25th, 2008
News from WPPS Peace Representative, Reneé Marie – USA.
In Midtown, Sacramento, CA a benefit event was held for the local children’s art programs. Sponsors purchase sidewalk squares at various rates. Community space is available for all “others.”
I found out about it last minute so I went down and did a May Peace Prevail On Earth picture.
This might be something that can be done in other cities with a good sidewalk / park area!


Peace Pole planted at the Grotto-August 31, 2008

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Sunday, August 31, 2008

 

The Grotto community was first formed when permission was granted by the Order to commence the Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother back in 1923.  Fr. Ambrose Mayer, OSM, had purchased the property from the Union Pacific Railroad, and with the title came the impetus for starting his dream project.  Father Mayer had promised God that if his mother recovered from serious illness following the birth of a young daughter, he, young Ambrose, would do something great for the Church when he grew up.  His mother did recover and over the years the promise was not forgotten.  Ambrose grew up, became a Servite priest, and kept looking for the opportunity to fulfill his promise.  The purchase of the property on skidmore Street in Portland Oregon was just the beginning. The Grotto is now the location of a Servite monastery and chapel.  The Grotto itself is a shrine carved out of the rock cliff.  The beautiful Peace Pole, shown in the photograph, guards the entrance to the Peace Garden.

Yokosuka Navy Sullivans School-May-2008

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Submitted by Masayo Shibamoto, Peace Rep.

This year in May, we also joined the school festival, MINE festival, of Yokosuka Navy Sullivans School.

We had 5 times of WPPCs. Each time, we have welcome a class of pupils of that school.
We enjoyed a short flag ceremony with them. They were given little dolls with the message of “May Peace Prevail on Earth”. They seemed to enjoy the flags of all countries.


With infinite love and peace,
Masayo

A CALL TO PEACE – at THE WORLD PEACE SANTUARY-August 9, 2008

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Our annual “A Call to Peace” festival was held at the World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, New York  on August 9th, 2008 to spread the message, “May Peace Prevail On Earth.”

 

This year, the annual program also marked the 20th Anniversary of the World Peace Prayer Society.

The ceremony included many speakers with a variety of musical accompaniment, to include Taiko drumming by Keizo Aoi and musical interlude by Chris Ruhe and the Howland Wolves.

Keizo Aoi performing Taiko drumming.

The power of the prayer May Peace Prevail On Earth resounded throughout the day’s flag ceremonies and events.

Grandmother Silver Star of the Cherokee Nation and the Lakota-Sioux Nation presided over the Native American Indian Blessing ceremony. During the segment, each of the Native American Indian Nations was named and honored with the audience echoing each name.

Grandmother Silver Star begins Native American blessing.

Grandmother Silver Star begins Native American blessing.

Grandmother Silver Star leads the Native American prayer.

Grandmother Silver Star leads the Native American prayer.

“A sincere prayer is more powerful than the atomic bomb,” said Fidel Moreno, a Native American Indian from Mexico during his closing moment on stage.

Fidel Moreno gives a touching speech.

Fidel Moreno gives a touching speech.

Ann Linden of the Amenia Historical Society, who was asked to be a guest speaker, spoke about the history of The World Peace Sanctuary’s property in Wassaic. Linden began with the Native American Indians who founded the land looking for the spring on the other side of the forest.

Mrs. Saionji, Ann Linden and Mr. Saionji.

Mrs. Saionji, Ann Linden and Mr. Saionji.

“The water always ran pure and always flowing. It is a symbol of our wish forever,” said Linden adding that the wish for peace is pure and continually flowing. “The spring keeps flowing and prayers keep flowing and this land becomes a sacred place.”

A Japanese cultural center, crafts for children and the peaceful grounds of the sanctuary were also there to explore for those who attended.

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Peace at the Japanese Cultural Center.

Peace at the Japanese Cultural Center.

Peace Pals International had many crafts for children of all ages.

Peace Pals International had many crafts for children of all ages.

Chess GrandMaster Al Lawrence played a chess simul throughout the day.

Chess GrandMaster Al Lawrence played a chess simul throughout the day.

Community members joined in a colorful flag procession for each State in the USA to include its territories. In closing, Nathan Mandracchia sang a solo rendition of “America the Beautiful.”

Participants in the United States Flag Ceremony.

Participants in the United States Flag Ceremony.

Keizo Aoi, Deborah Moldow and Tonia Shoumatoff participate in the United States of America Flag Ceremony.

Keizo Aoi, Deborah Moldow and Tonia Shoumatoff participate in the United States of America Flag Ceremony.

Later in the afternoon, flag bearers from the community gathered together in a colorful procession as they waved 192 nation flags, Fumi Johns Stewart, led the prayer, May Peace Prevail On Earth followed by the name of each nation throughout the world.  The song A Call To Peace accompanied this very special flag ceremony, which was written and played by local pianist, Chris Farrell.

The World Peace Prayer Flag Ceremony.

The World Peace Prayer Flag Ceremony.

Some special features of the festival this year included the attendance of the leadership of the WPPS from Japan. Chairperson, Masami Saionji, President, Hiroo Saionji and Vice President, Rika Saionji participated in the day’s events.

The Saionji's pray during The World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony.

The Saionji's pray during The World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony.

They also helped in anchoring a recycled Peace Pole (material used from milk and water jugs, detergent bottles, and other similar house hold items) that serves as a time capsule to be unearthed in 2058. During the day, messages and mementos were offered by members of the community and placed inside. The Recycled Peace Pole, an exclusive prototype of The World Peace Prayer Society, has officially joined the network of tens of thousands of Peace Poles planted in every country throughout the world!

The Saionji's, special guests and visitors show support during the Time Capsule planting.

The Saionji's, special guests and visitors show support during the Time Capsule planting.

All guests were invited to put a message or memento into the Time Capsule.

All guests were invited to put a message or memento into the Time Capsule.

Time Capsule Finale - a beautiful way to end a beautiful day!

Time Capsule Finale - a beautiful way to end a beautiful day!

An Equinox Ceremony and Peace Pole Dedication on September 22, 2008

Friday, September 19th, 2008

The response and support for The Peace Pole Project has been gratifying.  Thank you to all who’ve written and who felt called to contribute to this visible commemorative anchoring of the Prism of Light.  Five Peace Poles are being made now by the World Peace Prayer Society at The World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, NY.  The design of the Prism stone marker has been approved and is now in the hands of the stone-mason.

The Peace Ceremony slated for the Autumnal Equinox on September 21 continues to unfold.  It will include many leaders in the community but the primary focus will be the participation of the beautiful children among us.  Please mark your calendars for Sept. 21st.  And remember, contributions are still being accepted to help pay for the Peace Poles and the stone marker.


The following day, on Monday, September 22, an Equinox ceremony and Peace Pole dedication will be led by Reverend Zan Butterfly Deerwoman at 11:44 a.m. at Warm Mineral Springs. The time 11:44 a.m. was chosen by Rev. Zan as it’s the exact peak moment of the Equinox and it also represents a master numerological vibration.  You might recall that The Springs was the southernmost anchor point of the Prism of
Light.

September 11 Memorial, 7th Anniversary-September 11,2008

Friday, September 12th, 2008
The World Peace Prayer Society and its members aligned prayers with thousands of fellow citizens throughout the United States during the memorial service at ground zero. Prayers for a world without violence, prayers for those who lost their lives, the families they left behind and the many who still suffer from the devastation.