ANNUAL PEACE FESTIVAL

“We are all gathered annually to celebrate the Peace Garden’s creation. In the future, the Garden will remain open to all to come to pray with expanded minds. Ultimately our collective hope and prayer is that all sentient beings’ happiness is increased, that their sufferings are reduced, and that all the obstacles are removed and that everyone finds a path towards liberation. So let us all join in this effort!” -Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche

HISTORY

Since 2005, The Ewam Sangha and the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas hosts a Festival of Peace. A FREE event, this special gathering invites thousands of visitors to enjoy a day on the grounds together. People gather to sing, to dance, to share stories, and to pray for peace in our troubled times.

2011

For the 7th Annual Festival of Peace on September 10, 2011, peace lovers engaged in Ewam’s 1st Annual Walk-A-Mile for Peace, a one-mile walk, to raise funds for the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. Families with children of all ages were welcomed. The walk was designed as a Meditative Peace walk. At each quarter mile, walkers were encouraged to pause and reflect at the ¼ mile markers on one of THE FOUR IMMEASURABLES: Compassion, Love, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity. Each participant was given a handout with these traditional Buddhist concepts, which helped everyone turn their minds toward peace through cultivating inner-peace and thereby peace in our world.

Click the links below to view the 2011 Peace Festival as filmed by Ron Scholl and MCAT:

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2012

The 8th Annual festival on September 8 , 2012, began with the 2nd Annual Walk-A-Mile for Peace. Speakers addressed indigenous people and land, the health of the planet, human health and ethics, and how we can create a more peaceful world in turbulent times. Keynote speaker was Simon Ortiz.

Click the links below to view the 2012 Peace Festival as filmed by Ron Scholl and MCAT:

MONTAGE
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The 9th Annual Festival of Peace and 3rd Annual Walk-A-Mile for Peace began with the 3rd Annual Walk-A-Mile for Peace. 2013’s theme was Healing That Which Cannot Be Healed and speakers included Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, Lama Tsomo, Julie Cajune, Terry Tanner, Bonnie Tarsus, Shakti Johnson, and Stephen Small Salmon. Live music performances included Drum Brothers, Joan Zen, Naked Soul, Tara J. King, Ani Tsering Wangmo and Tsering Lodoe.

Click the links below to view the 2013 Peace Festival as filmed by Ron Scholl and MCAT:

PART I
PART II
PART III

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Peace festival friends relax at The Garden during the event.