Archive for the ‘Community Event’ Category

A vigil held at The World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, NY was an urgent “call to peace” for the victims of the Orlando, Florida shooting. USA

Monday, June 27th, 2016

On Friday, June 18, 2016, staff of The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS), along with concerned and caring community members, gathered in honor of each person who surrendered their life during the Orlando mass shooting, leaving behind loved ones and a nation in mourning.

The name and age of each of the 49 victims was announced and repeated together in unison as we made our way up the Peace Path, pausing at each Peace Pole, sending heartfelt wishes to each of the 193 UN members states.

The group closed each statement by announcing the universal peace message, “May Peace Prevail On Earth.”

Orlando Peace Walk at WPS

We thank each and every person for joining us.

May Peace Prevail in the USA!

May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Staff at The World Peace Sanctuary
headquarters of WPPS

Laguna Hills California Peace Pole Project, Laguna Hills California-USA

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

We held our Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony at Laguna Hills High School on 9-11-15 which was filmed and shown at the school on the International Day of Peace (September 21st).

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The Laguna Hills High School PTSA sponsored the Peace Pole Project which was dedicated to promote peace, tolerance and inclusion. Students celebrated with Peace essays and song.

The PTSA members believe strongly in the value of diversity and hope this to be a visible sign and reminder to everyone in our school community that peace at Laguna Hills High School is the focus.

Thanks, this was a great success.
Susan Collins

Austrian region requests a Peace Pole planting for peace festival–Waldhausen, AUSTRIA

Monday, May 9th, 2016

September 4th 2016

Every three years, the Austrian Society  “Waldrose“ gives an award to individuals or organisations in Europe working for peace.

The next Award Ceremony will be held on September 4th in Waldhausen, Upper Austria.

To prepare for the event, the Austrian Society sent a circular to all schools in the region proposing that teachers and pupils plant a Peace Pole on the school property prior to September 4th.

Click the following link to view the circular:

One of the Society members, a headmaster,  already planted a Peace Pole on his school campus and offers advice & help in a circular.

The Waldrose Society also suggests that the schools hold peace prayers in various languages and with various religions.

At the Peace Festival in September, the schools will give a short presentation on how they organized their school peace event.

The World Peace Prayer Society-Europe Office now sends out various translations of MPPOE both on a Peace Pole signs or per email.

Dagmar Berkenberg
Europe Office


Earth Day & ASPCA “save a horse day” Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony-Dover Plains, NY-USA

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

April 23, 2016

Ann Marie Robustelli, from The World Peace Sanctuary, was invited to present a World Peace Flag Ceremony in honor of ASPCA “save a horse day” held at the Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue Farm.

LOHRF horse and flags


LOHRF Horse and Flags 2

A Peace Pole re-dedication ceremony was also part of the Earth Day’s weekend celebration.

Earth Day–Promoting Peace with Peace Poles and Press in Dutchess County- New York-USA

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016


Greetings of Joy and Peace To All!

Earth Day was a special, unique Peace Pole moment with 5 Peace Poles.

Doug Martin Peace Pole on Hudson River newspaperarticleRS

Four of the Five  Peace Poles were dedicated at Arlington High School in Poughkeepsie, NY and one Peace Pole was planted at Pete & Toshi Seeger Waterfront Park in Beacon New York.





Wishing you all our “2020 Vision” for the Hudson Valley. Enjoy this beautiful Spring and let us all move slowly forward in bringing Peace to the Planet which is our life both within and without.

All the best,
Doug Martin Sturomski


Girl Scouts Celebrate World Thinking Day with a World Peace Flag Ceremony, Poughkeepsie, New York – USA

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

On Sunday February 21st, 2016 the “Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson” came together at the Galleria Mall Center Court in Poughkeepsie, NY, USA to celebrate the 90th anniversary of “World Thinking Day”

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This year World Thinking Day celebrates the Connections with oneself, ones friends and ones world. The Scout Troops made exhibits on a country they chose to learn about for this year’s celebration.

In addition to all the exhibits there was the Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson Competitive Singing Group: The Dotted Half Notes, Irish Step Dancing by Siobann Moore School of Dance and Sahana Natesan danced a traditional Indian dance in full traditional wear.



Amelia Roger, the organizer of the event said “The highlight of the afternoon was the World Peace Flag Ceremony presented by Jim Dugan of the World Peace Prayer Society in Wassaic. He brought a full set of flags, one for each Member Country of the United Nations. Each girl had the opportunity to honor the flag of the country they carried as well as joining the whole group in asking that May Peace Prevail in that country then May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

WPFC Galleria Mall 2_21_16 Yelling MPPoE

The relationship between Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson and the World Peace Prayer Society has been ongoing for many years now and has been truly beneficial for both organizations.


May Peace Prevail On Earth!
Submitted by:
Jim Dugan & Amelia Roger

Peace Pole Planted in Community Park in Lalitpur, Kathmandu –NEPAL

Monday, April 25th, 2016

March 26-April 8, 2016

I, Mitsuru Ooba, visited Nepal, March 26-April 8, 2016 with Japanese Esperantists to attend a Nepali Esperanto Congress in Kathmandu.

When Mr. & Mrs. Thapa found out I would be visiting Nepal, they asked me to bring a Peace Pole for Mr. Smeet Lama and a second, identical, Peace Pole as well. So, with the help of Professor Emeritus Dr. Isao Minowa, Mr. Parbat Thapa & Mrs. Deepa Thapa, and their friend Mr. Smeet Lama, I prepared two large Peace Poles as gifts.

Mr. Smeet Lama, Mr. & Mrs. Thapa and Mr. Mitsuru Ooba

Mr. Smeet Lama, Mr. & Mrs. Thapa and Mr. Mitsuru Ooba

On our second day in Kathmandu, Mr. & Mrs. Thapa and Mr. Smeet Lama came to our hotel to receive the Peace Poles.

Peace Pole traveling by scooter

Peace Pole traveling by scooter

It was my first meeting with Mr. Smeet Lama. But I had heard that he wanted very eagerly to have it, because he had seen a Peace Pole with the universal message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” standing in the garden of Mr. & Mrs. Thapas’ house and he wanted to plant one in his own community.

Mr. & Mrs. Thapa are good friends of Mr. Tomoyoshi Kurata, a Japanese teacher & Mrs. Masae Hatakeyama (a supporting member of Goi Peace Foundation).  And Mrs. Deepa Thapa has participated SOPP on May in Fuji Sanctuary for a few times.

I also prepared two small Peace Poles (40 cm height) in Japanese, English, and Nepali (on two sides) for the Nepal Esperanto Association and for Mr. & Mrs. Thapa.

Mr. & Mrs. Thapas and the small Peace Pole made for them

Mr. & Mrs. Thapas and the small Peace Pole made for them

The Chairperson of the Nepal Esperanto Association receiving a small Peace Pole on behalf of the organization

The Chairperson of the Nepal Esperanto Association receiving a small Peace Pole on behalf of the organization

So, I gifted one to the Chairperson of the association along with 100 origami peace dolls with stickers that read Paco disvastiĝu sur la tero, which is Esperanto translation for May Peace Prevail on Earth. The peace dolls were prepared by Ms.Chikage Nakanami of the Goi Peace foundation.

About a week after my return to Japan, I received an e-mail with beautiful photographs of the Peace Pole planting ceremony of Mr. Smeet Lama that occurred on March 12, 2016.

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Message from Smeet Lama
“Hello, my name is Smeet Lama. About the Peace Pole…we planted it in our small community park here in Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal. I somehow got a chance to meet Mr. Mitsuru Ooba who is supporting member of this GOI PEACE FOUNDATION. He gave me this Peace Pole …which I planted in our park. With almost 300 people we made this programme a big success. I had read about this peace movement … and I’m much happy to be a small part of it.”

I was very pleased that he organized such a big ceremony with 300 guests of his society and I was so impressed with the numerous stones with beautiful words on them under the Peace Pole. Seeing these photographs, there was no doubt that he strongly embraced the peace activity of the Peace Pole planting.

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I enjoyed Nepal tour with 15 of Esperantists by mini-bus and drew many quick portraits with peace messages and gifted them to people I met along the way. I visited places of earthquake damage such as a Hindu temple and a private house in the city, and a beautiful place of Himalaya ranges.

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May Peace Prevail On Earth!
Mitsuru Ooba




Nearly 1000  gathered “United Against Hate-United For Peace”  Sacramento, California-USA

Monday, February 29th, 2016

December 19th, 2015

In front of the California State Capitol building, nearly 1000 people gathered from different religious and ethnic backgrounds to express  solidarity, to both condemn the terror attacks in San Bernardino (and Paris), and to also unite against all kinds of intolerance, especially increased targeting of the Muslim community at home and abroad.


Major Reneé Marie, U.S. Army Reserve Officer and Volunteer Representative of The World Peace Prayer Society, Sacramento, CA shared the Peace Pole for this event.


The Peace Pole Garden Project
(on Facebook)

World Synchronized Meditation- James Twyman – WPPS Peace Pole- SYRIA

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

February 1st, 2016


James Twyman Logo

World Synchronized Meditation
Thank you for being part of history

James Twyman w Peace Pole

The Rainbow, the Battle and the Wolves

Today millions of people joined together to claim the reality of peace for all those suffering in Syria, especially the children. Three amazing things happened that I want to share with you, miracles that show us the power of our shared, focused energy and prayers.

The Rainbow

As we drove to the overlook, someone on the bus said “Look at the sky.” We looked out the window and saw a brilliant rainbow that completely circled the sun. It felt like a sign of what was to come. In an hour millions of people would join us energetically, sending their light into the situation in Syria, without judgment. The rainbow meant we were not alone.

The Battle

Hours before we arrived a battle raged just beneath where we stood. Bombs exploded and guns fired at the bottom of the hill just beyond the security fence. It seemed that we were up against more than we anticipated, but then something incredible happened. It was as if the war stopped while we joined together as one. The battle simply ceased, and remained that way through the entire meditation.

The Wolves

Over 100 people from many spiritual paths sat in silence as we were joined by you and so many others. We held that space for 15 minutes, and when I looked at the clock to end the silence, before I said a word, the sound of a single wolf howling just below us echoed through the air, then more until there were dozens of wolves that howled for exactly one minute, and then stopped. It was one of the most incredible things we ever heard.

James Twyman Speaking

This is just the beginning…

In two days we will send out an email with the next step, one that will continue this incredible momentum. My goal is to gather 100,000 people into this tribe that will be ready at a moment’s notice to share their prayers of peace when a world crisis arises. Stay tuned. The fun, and the miracles, have just begun.

One Final Note

I want to thank a group of 11 individuals that showed tremendous courage, and without whom none of this would have happened. As you know, I invited a small group to join me on this adventure, becoming our “on the ground Light Team.” They were spectacular. I wish I had thanked them much more before now, but I want them to know how happy I was to have them with me. They are examples for us all.

James Twyman
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Lindsey Barnhart’s Project, Girl Scout Gold Award and Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-USA

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

November 22, 2015

My dedication Ceremony for my Peace Pole was a major component of my larger project, a peace garden at the Mt. Lebanon Public Library.


My dedication Ceremony was held on November 22, 2015. It was the official opening of the garden space I created for my  Girl Scout Gold Award. The garden space is located off the library’s parking lot just above the library’s courtyard. I am so proud to have been able  to plant my Peace Pole at the public library. I spoke to the audience about the garden, about planting peace and also letting peace prevail on earth.

Lindsey Barnhart
Mt. Lebanon Public Library, 16 Castle Shannon Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA.