A Season for Nonviolence, January 30 – April 4, is a national 64-day educational, media, and grassroots campaign dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and our communities. Inspired by the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this international event honors their vision for an empowered, nonviolent world.
We learn to practice nonviolence one step at a time, one choice at a time, one day at a time. Through our daily nonviolent choices and action, the noble and courageous spirit within each of us expresses itself as the skills, wisdom and character of a nonviolent human being. This is how we each, in our own way, move the world in a direction of peace.
There are tools and resources that you can choose from to practice peace and nonviolence in your daily life — daily or weekly, for individuals and group settings, for adults and children and teens alike: Daily Comprehensive Reflections, Daily Commitments to Live By, 52 Weekly Practices, A Peace Mandala Tool, and more.
Ethics for the New Millennium is addressed to a general audience. It presents a moral framework based on universal rather than religious principles. It rests on the observation that those whose conduct is ethically positive are happier and more satisfied and the belief that much of the unhappiness we humans endure is actually of our own making. Its ultimate goal is happiness for every individual, irrespective of religious belief.
Though the Dalai Lama is himself a practicing Buddhist, his approach to life and the moral compass that guides him can be of use to each and every one of us – Muslim, Christian, Jew, Buddhist or atheist – in our quest to lead a happier, more fulfilling life.
According to the Dalai Lama our survival has depended and will continue to depend on our basic goodness as human beings. In the past, the respect people had for their religion helped maintain ethical practice through a majority following one religion or another. Today, with the growing secularization and globalization of society, we must find a way that transcends religion to establish consensus as to what constitutes positive and negative conduct, what is right and wrong and what is appropriate and inappropriate.
The Bond focuses on the essential bond that unites us all as a means of strengthening our communities and helping us evolve to become a powerful change agents for local and global unity.
The program highlights the power of the ‘superordinate’ goal – a common overarching goal and purpose larger than ourselves – to enhance cooperation, rebuild our neighborhoods and recreate cohesion in and among local and international communities.
Participants will learn to move past the competitive and individualistic mindset that too often forms the undercurrent of modern life, and to foster, instead, humanity’s deep-seated impulses toward wholeness, cooperation, fairness, generosity, mutual support and community.
The program aims to train participants to see the world from a more holistic perspective, to enjoy more cooperative relationships – even across the deepest divides – to develop more united social groups, and to learn to use group support as a powerful local and global agent of change.
A seven-week study series created for the 14th Annual Season for Nonviolence dedicated to demonstrating that atonement can be the missing key to long-lasting reconciliation in both personal relationships and on the collective level. When linked with the practice of forgiveness, atonement is a powerful tool to ensure that both parties in a conflict—the victim and the perpetrator alike—are healed, transformed, and honored. In this way, the private and public disputes that trouble our relationships and lives can be mended and true healing can take place. When we learn to move beyond the punitive model of justice toward a more holistic and restorative model, atonement is a powerful tool and an agent for long-lasting healing.
This is based on the upcoming book by Phil Cousineau called Beyond Forgiveness: Reflections on Atonement, featuring contributions from high-profile spiritual leaders, counselors and activists including Michael Bernard Beckwith, Huston Smith, Jacob Needleman, Arun Gandhi, Azim N. Khamisa, James O’Dea, Diane Hennacy Powell, and more.
This study series will not only be inspiring but spiritually transformative to all those who have wondered how visionaries such as Mohandas Gandhi, Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King, Jr., were able to link forgiveness with atonement to bring about nonviolent peace and reconciliation. By contemplating their beliefs and practices, and sharing our own stories, we can open our hearts and together create a more just world.
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