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The Great Middle Way Buddhist Association plants Peace Pole in honor of IDP in Crestone, CO USA

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Jack planting the Peace Pole as the sun shines down on IDP celebration

Jack Salamone, member of the Great Middle Way Buddhist Association, spearheaded the planning and planting of a Peace Pole at what is to be the sight for the Great Middle Way Mountain Hermitage in Crestone, Colorado.

Jack states “Our group is called the Great Middle Way Buddhist Association, We practice in the Great Middle Way tradition of the Jonang Lineage.”

 

from left to right… Colleen, Francis, Wendy, Leticia, Laura, Julie, Paul, Tashi, Kristine (my wife), Jack, Sri, Prema and Dan.

Currently Jack shares he is “helping to raise money to build the The Great Middle Way Mountain Hermitage. This will be a vegan, low cost and multi-sectarian Buddhist center intended to provide a place to practice contemplation and solitude away from large urban centers in a quiet natural setting.”

You can find more about the Great Middle Way Buddhist Association at https://greatmiddleway.wordpress.com/

Mr Salamone and his associates expressed gratitude in being able to work with the World Peace Prayer Society, as he believes,

“We hold the same views regarding the supremacy of peace and non-violence as a non-sectarian approach to living”.

The “mani” stones placed around the base of the pole are inscribed with the
mantra “om mani peme hum” which represents the union of wisdom and compassion.

Peace Pole Planted in Warwick’s Peace Garden,Queensland, Australia

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

On Saturday morning 22 September 2018 people gathered at the Peace Garden in Warwick Queensland, Australia to celebrate the dedication of a Peace Pole

The Baha’i Community of the Southern Downs Region wanted to leave a lasting memento to commemorate the Bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith. The Peace Pole was chosen through The World Peace Prayer Society. “When we started looking in to the Peace Pole Project we found the principles of the Project resonated with the Baha’i teachings of world peace and that the earth has one humanity, one human family.”

The Baha’i Community worked with Friends of the Warwick Peace Garden and the local Southern Downs Regional Council to help see their vision come to light. 

F Lenore Neville, Friends of the Warwick Peace Garden, James Lister MP, Mayor Tracy Dobie, Graeme Eldridge, Baha’i community.

 

“Bahá’ís believe the crucial need facing humanity is to find a unifying vision of the future of society and of the nature and purpose of life. Such a vision unfolds in the writings of Bahá’u’lláh.” per www.bahai.org

The day also celebrated the UN International Day of Peace which was on the 21stSeptember.

Local dignitaries Mr James Lister MP, Member for Southern Downs attended and spoke about peace being more than an end to conflict and the Mayor of Southern Downs Region, Tracy Dobie also spoke, dedicated and unveiled the Peace Pole.

Graeme Eldridge on behalf of the Baha’i community dedicated the Peace Pole with the words of Baha’u’llah inscribed on the pole “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens”.

 

 

Friends at the Peace Pole dedication, including James Lister MP and Mayor Tracy DobieThe feature of the dedication was the saying of the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” by people in eight different languages, – English, Hindi, Spanish, Dutch, Pidgin English (PNG), German, Tagalog (Filipino) and Farsi, highlighting the bringing together of people from different countries.

Afterwards all enjoyed refreshments, and people lingered, discussing the Peace Pole and ongoing plans for the Peace Garden.

News and Photographs credited to Graeme Eldridge

Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Southern Downs Region

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Dugan, of WPPS, gives speech to Connecticut Valley Hospital on The International Day of Peace. Middletown, CT

Friday, September 21st, 2018

Jim Dugan of WPPS, Photo Credit to Jackie Eaton

On September 19th, 2018 Jim Dugan from The World Peace Sanctuary in New York was again the Keynote Speaker during the International Day of Peace (IDP) events at Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH). CVH opened in 1868 as the State’s public hospital for the treatment of persons with mental illness. For the past eight years the Hospital puts on two events to celebrate the International Day of Peace, one in their beautiful multi-religious Chapel and one in the Whiting Forensic Hospital for individuals with mental illness who are in the criminal justice system. Mr. Dugan’s twenty-minute Keynote Address was focused on this year’s IDP theme chosen by the United Nations – “The Right to Peace, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”. Mr. Dugan was joined at the podiums by prominent religious leaders from around the State of Connecticut, staff from the Hospital’s Multi-Cultural Department and the Hospitals CEO Helene Vartelas. Mr. Dugan was very warmly received by patients and Hospital staff alike. The World Peace Prayer Society deeply thanks CVH for its Mission: “To promote recovery through collaborative, compassionate, and culturally competent treatment in a safe and caring environment.” May Peace Prevail on Earth, May Peace Prevail at Connecticut Valley Hospital

Shamanic Plant Medicine Journey- Final Class extended into January 2018 to close 2017 at The World Peace Sanctuary, Wassaic, NY-USA

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Student’s learned the healing properties and how to bring these healing gifts forward into their lives

In the last and final class of the Shamanic Plant Medicine Journey, students learned the physical and energetic healing properties of the garden plant, Comfrey as being a restorative and energetically providing a pathway to renewal.

Students learned how to share the plant’s gifts with others

 

 

The Sacred Heart of Herbalism Level 2 Training at The World Peace Sanctuary, Wassaic, NY-USA

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

July 1st, 2017, was the last day of The Sacred Heart of Herbalism Level 2 Training.

Karine Gordineer of Green Girl Herbs & Healing taught an 8-month long series working with herbalism in the way it was originally taught; infused with the Spirits of the Plants.  Native Peoples believe that to truly possess the healing powers of a plant one must be introduced to the Spirit of that Plant and be honored with its healing gifts.

This 8 month training series included:

  • learning the healing properties of over 100 medicinal plants
  • working with plants for their healing properties
  • herbal remedy making, expert techniques and formulation
  • local plant identification
  • basic botany terminology
  • building your materia medica
  • making an herbarium
  • learning aboutplant energetics
  • herbal gardening and design
  • the sacred plants of power and how to work with them
  • introduction to the Native American Medicine Wheel
  • the shamanic journey and Sacred Dreaming
  • creating a medicine bundle
  • discovering personal plant allies
  • sustainable herbalism
  •  materials to make a year’s worth of remedies
  •  a one-year membership to United Plant Savers*
  • discounts on herbs and healing sessions

At the end of the 8 month series, students had acquired a solid foundation to work with herbs medicinally and are able to make their own herbal remedies in the form of infusions, decoctions, tea blends, oils, salves, flower essences, tinctures, and syrups.

 

May Peace Prevail On Earth for All Life on Earth!

2nd Annual Plant Communication Workshop-hosted by The World Peace Prayer Society at The World Peace Sanctuary, Wassaic, NY – USA

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

June 24 & 25th, 2017 – Karine Gordineer offered an Introduction followed by a 2-day Workshop on Plant Communication at The World Peace Sanctuary.

“Although Healing with Plant Consciousness may seem like a “new” modality, in fact it may be one of the oldest.”  Karine Gordineer — Owner/Founder of Green Girl Herbs and Healing in Hopewell Junction, New York.

This very experiential workshop offered:
Developing sensory awareness of plants

Accessing plant consciousness through the Shamanic Journey

Communication through light, sound, and breath

Entering the Daydream of the Plants

Discovering Your Plant Ally

Green Breath, transformational breath work created by Pam Montgomery

Journeying with the Music of the Plants

 

May Peace Prevail On Earth for All Life on Earth!

 

Remembering the 71st anniversary of Hiroshima Day on August 6th, 2016

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

WPPS members of Hiroshima organized the annual World Peace Flag Ceremony in front of the atomic bomb dome in the heart of the Hiroshima Peace Park on August 6th. 

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WPPS in collaboration with James Twyman of World Peace Pulse hosted a live synchronized global meditation at the exact moment the bomb was dropped 71 years ago along with a musical offering of peace songs by James.

The message and prayer, May Peace Prevail On Earth, authored by Masahisa Goi of Japan rose out of the ashes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as a message of peace, hope and reconciliation.  The peace message has now touched the hearts of men, women and children the world over and continues to awaken the consciousness of the global family.

WPPS in collaboration with James Twyman of World Peace Pulse hosted alive synchronized global meditation at the exact moment the bomb was dropped 71 years ago along with a musical offering of peace songs by James.

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James Twyman with WPPS Exec. Director Fumi Johns Stewart

THE LIVE WEBCAST WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!

Thousands watched the live broadcast to connect their hearts with Hiroshima.

The Hiroshima Buddha in Nara

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Home of the Hiroshima Buddha, Gokurakuji Temple, Nara, Japan

At the same time in Nara, Japan, a World Peace Flag Ceremony was held at the Gokurakuji Buddhist Temple hosted by Chief Priest Tanaka.  The Temple houses the Hiroshima Buddha which went missing during the construction of the Hiroshima Peace Park and made its way miraculously to Gokurakuji Temple.

Peace Pole gifted to President Obama by WPPS Hiroshima Members!

Peace Pole all packaged and ready to go to the White House

Peace Pole all packaged and ready to go to the White House

As the very first sitting President of the United States, President Obama joined atomic bomb survivors and Japanese officials for a memorial ceremony in Hiroshima Peace Park

on May 27th, 2016.  His visit of reconciliation and healing was received with great appreciation and touched the hearts of the citizens of Hiroshima.  In gratitude and in honor of his visit, WPPS members of Hiroshima sent President Obama a Peace Pole. 

Let’s all hope that it will be planted soon in front of the white house!

World Peace & Prayer Day – Prayer Run for World Peace – The World Peace Sanctuary – Wassaic, NY – USA

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

June 17th, 2014

Dr. Chief Arvol Looking Horse

Photo by Doug Anderson

It was an honor to be  in the presence of Dr. Chief Arvol Looking Horse, “Keeper of the Sacred Pipe” Lakota/Sioux Nation and Founding Advisory Board member of The World Peace Prayer Society.  Chief Arvol Looking Horse led the group in a very sacred ( peace pipe- c’anunpa) prayer ceremony offering prayers of gratitude and prayers for healing for Mother Earth and All Life on Earth!

As the youth were preparing to start the run, two red-tailed hawks circled above—an unexplainable sense of “well being”was clearly present among all.

WP&PD Run

Photo by Doug Anderson

WP&Pday runners

Photo by Doug Anderson

30 mile youth led prayer run for World Peace-from The World Peace Sanctuary-Headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society to Bowdoin County Park Wappingers Falls, NY.

WP&PD at WPS

Photo by Doug Anderson

An 8 foot –8 language Peace Pole will be planted honoring “sacred sites” at Bowdoin County Park in celebration of World Peace & Prayer Day, a 4-day event, starting June 19th-June 22nd, 2014.

All Nations-All Faiths-One Prayer—“MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH.”

I-Key Mini Workshop at The World Peace Sanctuary-Wassaic, New York-USA

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Twenty-four people attended this amazing introductory workshop about somatic peace­­mak­ing:  train­ing body, mind and spirit to “do con­flict well.”

Sponsors: Urban Visions, Inc. & The Watershed Center

Hosted by: The World Peace Prayer Society at The World Peace Sanctuary

The 8-hour interactive Mini Workshop was based on the theme “ Art of Peace.”

Participants were shown how to:

* Keep cool under stress

* Move & speak gently

* Respect aggressor

* Receive in harmony

* Transform danger

* Earn respect

Ann Marie Robustelli of WPPS welcomed the guests, by giving an introduction to the mission and work of The World Peace Prayers Society and The Peace Pole Project.  To close the workshop Ann Marie led a World Peace (flag card) Ceremony.

Bill Leicht, (left) facilitator (Urban Visions, Inc) , provides hands-on demonstration

Bill Leicht, (left) facilitator (Urban Visions, Inc) , provides hands-on demonstration

Ann Marie Robustelli of WPPS,  led a World Peace Ceremony joining hearts with participants as the closing to the amazing I-Key workshop

Ann Marie Robustelli of WPPS, led a World Peace Ceremony joining hearts with participants as the closing to the amazing I-Key workshop

MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH!

The September 11th Memorial Peace Pole – USA

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

The September 11th Memorial Peace Pole – USA
2013

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This magnificent aluminum memorial Peace Pole was crafted for those who perished during the attacks of September 11th 2001.   It is 6 sided and nearly 11 feet tall with a total of 12 translations of May Peace Prevail On Earth. Prayers of peace have been collected from people of all faiths all over the world through our website at www.worldpeace.org.  The September 11th Memorial Peace Pole was dedicated in a grand ceremony in 2002 at the World Peace Sanctuary, headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society in upstate New York.

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