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Meditations for World Peace, Sept. 26-27 2015


In celebration of the United Nation’s International Day of Peace, the Waterloo Riverview Dharma Centre is hosting a Meditations for World Peace event with the view that cultivating peaceful minds and hearts, through meditation, contributes to peace in the world.

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 Sep 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 over a 24-hour period at the Dharma Centre in uptown Waterloo, and will feature a variety of activities including a mindfulness meditation workshop and a “peace flag” making workshop during the day, and a 12-hour overnight meditation marathon. The daytime activities are offered free of charge and open to anyone who’d like to participate. 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. Registration and pledge forms will be available soon..

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.

Starting Saturday morning, the Dharma Centre will open its doors to the community for an hour-long meditation. Following a breakfast break, the day’s activities continue with a 3 hour Mindfulness Meditation workshop.  

After lunch, 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.  

Following a dinner break, 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 (materials provided).


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.


Also, visit our information table at the Nonviolence Festival's 10th annual Day in the Park event, July 11 at the Victoria Park Island.
For more information about this wonderful event, please visit www.nonviolencefestival.com