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Meditations for World Peace, Sept. 26-27 2015


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IN celebration of the United Nation’s International Day of Peace, the Waterloo Riverview Dharma Centre is hosting Meditations for World Peace - a 24-hour event featuring a variety of activities that aim to cultivate peace. Meditations for World Peace is being organized with the view that every human being has a fundamental nature of peace and compassion which can be cultivated through meditation, allowing  one to work with others to bring about  the best in human society.

The Dharma Centre is presenting this event as part of the Non-Violence Festival’s International Days of Peace and Violence. Starting with International Day of Peace (Sept. 21) and continuing through to International Day of Nonviolence (Oct. 2), events are planned throughout Kitchener-Waterloo. The opening event is a Human Peace Sign on Sept. 21, taking place at Waterloo Town Square. Other activities held throughout this time are presented by a variety of community groups. They include demonstrations, workshops, game nights and entertainment.

The WRDC event will be held at the Dharma Centre in uptown Waterloo, and will feature a variety of activities including a Morning Meditation, a Mindfulness Meditation Workshop and a “Peace Flag” making workshop during the day, followed by a 12-hour overnight Meditation Marathon. The daytime activities are offered free of charge, and all members of the community are invited to participate in any or all of the activities offered by the Dharma Centre throughout the 24-hour Meditations for World Peace event.

Morning Meditation
Saturday morning at 7 a.m., the Dharma Centre will open its doors to the community for an hour-long silent meditation. All are welcome. Meditation experience recommended.

Mindfulness Meditation Workshop

The Mindfulness Meditation Workshop will be offered from 9 a.m.-noon. Mindfulness meditation is a practice that teaches us how to find peace of mind and ease of being amidst the stresses and challenges of everyday life. This three-hour workshop will provide an introduction to basic mindfulness methods to reduce stress, quiet the mind, and develop the ability to be present and at ease with life as it unfolds in each moment of experience, free from the reactivity that causes suffering for ourselves and others; cultivating a sense of inner peace, understanding and loving connection that benefits ourselves and the world around  us.  

Peace Flag workshop
From 2-4 p.m., we’ll unleash our creative juices during a “Peace Flag” making workshop. Participants will be provided with the materials to create their own flags, similar to the prayer flags of Tibet. Participants will decorate the flags, and write their own messages of peace. This event is suitable for children and adults.  Materials provided.

Meditation Marathon
The 12-hour Meditation Marathon will get underway at 7 p.m. It may sound a bit daunting, but as well as sitting meditation, the event will include walking meditation, Qi-Gong (moving meditation), and some fun art meditation in the form of T-shirt decorating. Snacks and refreshments will be provided every few hours.

The overnight meditation marathon is a fund raiser for the Dharma Centre, which is a registered charitable non-profit organization. Proceeds will support the Centre’s core offerings and other initiatives that make the benefits of meditation accessible to more people such as a program tuition generosity policy, retreat scholarships and community programs. Participants will acquire pledges to participate in the 12-hour event. 
Download a pledge form here.

Schedule of Events:

Saturday, Sept. 26 to Sunday, Sept. 27:

7 a.m.- 8 a.m.         Morning Meditation

8 a.m.-9 a.m.          Breakfast Break*

9 a.m.-noon             Mindfulness Meditation Workshop

Noon-2 p.m.            Lunch Break*

2-4 p.m.                   Peace Flag Making workshop (inspired by Tibetan prayer flags)

4-7 p.m.                   Dinner Break*

7 p.m.-7 a.m.           Meditation Marathon

*Meals not provided, however snack and refreshments will be provided throughout the overnight Meditation Marathon.


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For more information about the Days of Peace & Nonviolence festival, please visit www.nonviolencefestival.com