for World Peace, Sept. 26-27 2015
celebration of the United
Nation’s International Day of
Peace, the Waterloo Riverview Dharma Centre is hosting Meditations
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
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.
International Day of Peace (Sept. 21) and continuing through to
Day of Nonviolence (Oct. 2), events are planned throughout
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
community groups. They include demonstrations, workshops, game nights
The WRDC event will be held at the
Dharma Centre in uptown Waterloo, and will feature a variety of
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
activities are offered free of charge, and all members of the community
invited to participate in
any or all of the activities offered by the Dharma Centre throughout
24-hour Meditations for World Peace
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
ease with life as it unfolds in each moment of experience, free
from the reactivity that causes suffering for ourselves and
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.
will decorate the flags, and write their own messages of peace. This
suitable for children and adults. Materials
The 12-hour Meditation
will get underway at 7 p.m. It may sound a bit daunting, but as well as
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
Centre, which is a registered charitable non-profit organization.
support the Centre’s core offerings and other initiatives that
benefits of meditation accessible to more people such as a program
generosity policy, retreat scholarships and community programs.
will acquire pledges to participate in the 12-hour event. Download a pledge form here.
Saturday, Sept. 26 to Sunday, Sept. 27:
7 a.m.- 8 a.m.
8 a.m.-9 a.m.
Peace Flag Making
workshop (inspired by Tibetan
7 p.m.-7 a.m.
however snack and refreshments will be provided throughout the
more information about the Days of Peace & Nonviolence festival,
please visit www.nonviolencefestival.com