Nonviolent Communications (NVC) conference call

Dear friends,

Our next monthly Nonviolent Communications (NVC) conference call to support you in your communication challenges (inner and outer) is TONIGHT Thursday, September 25, 2008. The call will be facilitated by Miki Kashtan.

Time: 6:00 p.m. pacific, 9:00 eastern.

Call in number: (712) 432-1601

Access code: 470821#.

Please note: These 90-minute calls are recorded for inclusion on our website, and for use in training tools created by Miki Kashtan.

Tonight, we will explore nonpartisanship and communicating during this election.

The call will ask you to announce yourself. PLEASE IGNORE THIS REQUEST if it might interrupt a conversation in progress.

These calls offer a powerful opportunity to explore how to have the most rich and meaningful connections with others in your life and work for the Department of Peace campaign. On these calls, you will have the opportunity


– Increase your general effectiveness in communicating in this campaign and in your life.

– Learn to deal better with conflict as it arises.

– Explore how to have the richest and most meaningful connections you can as you educate others about our work.

These calls are most effective and useful when we work with a few individuals on real live issues. Here are some things to think about to help you discover the most valuable topics for you to bring up for


1. To whom do you want to learn to express yourself with more clarity and authenticity? What’s the situation?

2. Who do you have trouble responding to with compassion? What’s the situation? (Might be issues dealing with your congressional offices).

3. Do you have anyone you struggle with who you would be willing to join you in receiving support during the call? Please contact us immediately, so we can talk before the call.

I highly suggest you check it out, and invite others in your district to do so. If you have never participated in an NVC call before and would like to learn more, please click on the NVC call link on our home page, or paste the following URL into your browser: Whatever your previous experience, we welcome you to join us.

Thank you for your love and service to the Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence, and for your commitment to truly be the change we are calling for. I trust you will enjoy the call.

In gratitude,


Wendy Greene

Managing Director

The Peace Alliance


Fancy Dress Swin Against Poverty at the World Festival of Sacred Music

What: Fancy Dress Swin Against Poverty at the World Festival of
Sacred Music
Where: End of Ocean Park Ave, Santa Monica
When: 28 Oct, 2:00 PM

Event Description:
The World Festival of Sacred Music is in LA once again, and ONE is
jumping in on the action! Join us as we campaign with ONE Santa
Monica and get sign-ups, play at the beach, and of course, have a
Fancy Dress Swim Against Poverty!

All volunteers receive a ONE Vote 08 Shirt and a ONE band! We will
provide fancy dresses for brave swimmers. 😉

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact ONE Santa
Monica Leader Herley Jim at
To RSVP on the main site, click here:

See you there!

Betsy Avila
The ONE Campaign
SoCal Field Organizer
AIM: dblacc101

Harvest of Peace

Harvest of Peace

Childcare will be available!

September 21, 2008
Sunday 9:00AM – 1:00PM

Suggested Donation: $15.00

Please join us for this year’s Harvest of Peace celebration at the Shambhala Meditation Center in Eagle Rock. The Sakyong will be delivering his address in the morning and afterwards the SMCLA Directors will be sharing the vision for how we can purchase our very own building in two years! While it is traditional on Harvest of Peace to do local fundraising, this year we plan to make it a special occasion with a raffle, auction, children’s activities and a first rate catered lunch. Several sangha members have donated wonderful items including calligraphies, thangkas, rupas, photos and more.

We will offer free childcare so that parents can be as involved as they wish. Please feel free to bring you children!

The approximate schedule is as follows:


Light breakfast, ticket sales, sitting meditation


Address by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Khandro Tseyang


Presentation of new building plan by SMCLA directors, raffle, auction


Catered luncheon

When we say “harvest of peace” here, it is peace within ourselves. We feel like we belong, we feel like we actually want to participate in the community. That sense of peace in us is what is going to make a big difference. Not meditative stabilization and peace, we’re not particularly talking about that. But a sense of harmony. If we feel a sense of harmony with ourselves and the community, it’s going to naturally express itself. I feel that that is going to be one of the important binding factors.

—Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Harvest of Peace address, 1999

Everyone is welcome. As we need an accurate count for luncheon, please take a moment to register for the event.

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International Day of Peace is Sunday Sept 21st.

International Day of Peace  is Sunday Sept 21st.

What is Peace Day? How did it get started? Watch the video at the above link to find out.

Then come join us!Celebrate peace this weekend!
In celebration of the International Day of Peace, the Peace Alliance is sponsoring Peace Walks all over the country.

There are two Peace Walks in the LA area this weekend, one on Saturday morning in Los Angeles starting at Leimert Park at 9:00 am, and one on Sunday morning starting at the Santa Monica Pier North parking lot at 9:00 am, in conjunction with Heartwalker ( — so please come and join us, and walk for peace!

The 3rd Annual Crenshaw District Peace Walk
Come Join Us: Location: Leimert Park – Crenshaw Blvd. & Vernon Ave. L.A., CA 90008 (4300 Block of Crenshaw)
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2008
Time: 9:00 A.M Registration and the Walk Starts at 10 AM – approx ending time is 12:30PM
We will be walking on the sidewalk starting at Crenshaw Blvd. & Vernon Ave. down Crenshaw Blvd. to Rodeo Rd. & Crenshaw Blvd and back to Leimert Park.
(Wear Comfortable Shoes)
Peace Out – Love In, LOCAL CONTACT: Mr. Mel. Taylor (323)286-5502 Email:

Sunday, September 21, 2008 (International Day of Peace!)
Walk Start Location: Santa Monica Pier parking lot.
Time: 9:00 am to 12:01 (a minute of silence for peace will be held at 12:00 noon)
The Walk for Peace is from the Santa Monica Pier to Venice and return. This walk is coordinated in solidarity with the Heartwalker peace project (
For flyers / details, contact: Sherri Jaye,, 310.625.9658

Hope to see you there!
Terry and Tory

Peace Partnership International

Dear Friends,

Jeffrey WeisbergOne of the greatest privileges of being an active Peace Partnership International board member is to roll up our sleeves and jump into the activities of Peacebuilding. My wife and I have served on the boards of The Peace Alliance – which is our close partner in our efforts to create a Culture of Peace and also the U.S. working group associated with the Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace – as well as that of Peace Partnership International. We are also active in our local peace group, raising awareness through community outreach, networking, and sponsoring events that highlight the Peacebuilding Community.

As Peace Partnership International continues to lead in Peacebuilding efforts ranging from establishing the National Peace Academy to promoting structures in government internationally, we strive to model ways of changing the paradigm of aggressive reaction to one of deeper listening, understanding, and solution-based responses that are necessary in building bridges of peace.

One of the greatest challenges in our daily lives is how do we make the time to commit our resources of wisdom, expertise, money, and passion to "Being the Change" we want to see in this world. Having so many choices is a wonderful thing, yet we must also dig deeper in order to reach the "good stuff."

As we align our sights and efforts in the direction of Peace, I know that the results will continue to impact our lives, our communities, and the future of our world. Thank you for joining in this most exquisite opportunity in generating what is possible.

Blessings to you,


Jeffrey Weisberg

Board Member and Executive Committee

National Peace Academy Update

Since the April 2008 National Peace Academy Vision Meeting in Cleveland, we have been delighted with the overwhelmingly positive response to our National Peace Academy initiative. We have made great strides in putting an infrastructure in place for the design process and have set a date for the Global Stakeholder Summit, a critical stage in the design process. And our first two National Peace Academy Founders Circle members have stepped forward with pledges of $25,000 each! Learn more!

Profile of Peace: Elise Boulding

Elise BouldingMary Lee Morrison, Founding Director of Pax Educare, Inc., offers this Profile of Peace. Both Mary Lee Morrison and Elise Boulding are on the Advisory Board for the National Peace Academy.

"Elise Boulding has been called the 'matriarch' of the twentieth century peace research movement. Boulding, sociologist emeritus from Dartmouth College, is noted for her scholarly accomplishments in three key academic areas of study – peace, women, and futures. She was in 'on the ground floor' of each of these emerging disciplines and eventually played pivotal leadership roles within each." Read the full profile here.

Business Partner: Cascadia Peace Development Fund

Cascadia Peace Development FundPeace Partnership International has signed a memorandum of understanding to serve as fiscal sponsor for Cascadia Peace Development Fund, a for-profit enterprise working to promote "practical peacebuilding." Cascadia supports a variety of peacebuilding program types. Opportunities include investment in or grants to programs impacting international relations, conflict risk areas, peacekeeping, prisons, schools, public information, and family and community health. These may involve conferences and symposia; school and university curricula; e-learning programs, documentary film and television programming; certification programs for policy professionals; research in partnership with groups such as the World Health Organization; publication of books and professional articles; audio programming; and resource center (including web) development. Read more here.

News from the Global Alliance: The Canada Campaign

Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of PeacePeace Partnership International is a founding member of the Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace and works in strategic partnership with the Global Alliance and national campaigns around the world, including The Peace Alliance and the grassroots campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace.

We will spotlight in each issue of this newsletter one of the national campaigns associated with the Global Alliance. The spotlight this month is on the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative. Saul Arbess reports:

Campaign to Establish a Canadian Department of Peace"The Canadian Department of Peace Initiative now has the support, through its member organizations, of nearly a million Canadians from a total population of 32 million. We are approaching the critical mass we need to make a department of peace irresistible to politicians. Canada is in the midst of a federal election, and we are working hard to have our proposal become part of the national dialogue on the way forward for Canada. Our goal is to reinvigorate Canada's role as a middle power pursuing a course of conflict transformation by peaceful means working with other middle powers as a counterpoint to the influence of the great powers. As the country that first proposed UN peacekeeping and whose Prime Minister won the Nobel Peace Prize for that work, we want to build on that peacebuilding example."


ONE | Music Builds

Music Builds Tour

The ONE Campaign is excited to announce its sponsorship of the ONE Music Builds Tour, featuring Third Day, Switchfoot, Robert Randolph and the Family Band and Jars of Clay. The tour will kick off in Detroit on August 21st and wrap-up in Denver on October 12 and include 23 stops around the country. The tour will feature video presentations from the ONE Campaign as well as two booths for concert-goers to learn more about how they can be involved in the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease around the world.

Buy tickets for a show near you today!

You can also register to volunteer with ONE members at a concert, as they work to recruit new ONE members.

ONE | Music Builds.

H.E. the 12th Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche-A Public Talk

H.E. the 12th Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche

a Public Talk

September 26, 2008
Friday, 7:30PM

Suggested Donation: $20

As long as (mind) is not recognized, the wheel of existence turns,
When this is understood, the state of Buddha is nothing other than that.
There is nothing that can be described as either existing or not existing
May the nature of reality, the true nature of the Buddha mind, be recognized.

We are proud to host His Eminence the 12th Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche. At the invitation of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, His Eminence will be teaching on Shamatha and Vipashyana meditation.

Rinpoche’s fluent English and wonderful sense of humor make the Dharma fresh and immediate.

All are welcome

His Eminence Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche was recognized and enthroned as the reincarnation of Zurmang Gharwang by the 16th Karmapa. He has studied under the guidance of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa and other great masters such as Kalu Rinpoche, Tulku Urgyen, and Jamgon Kongtrül Rinpoche. He directs and supports two monastic institutions, one in Tibet and the other in Sikkim, India, and has taught internationally since 1987. His Eminence is a master in the Zurmang (Surmang) Karma Kagyü lineage, with which the Shambhala community shares a close connection. The current and previous Gharwang Rinpoches have been instrumental in preserving and promoting the lineage of the Zurmang Kagyü in Tibet and around the world.

For a more detailed bio please see and select “12th.”

For more info on Surmang (Zurmang) and the Gharwang’s relationship to the Trungpas, see

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