Events in Detail for Wholistic Peace Institute 2015
Arun Gandhi – Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi Will Speak At January 23RD Peace Luncheon.
Arun Gandhi a frequent guest of the Wholistic Peace Institute (WPI) to Portland will speak on: “Lessons Learned From My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi”; on the WPI’s “Educating for Peace” Program and on Martin Luther King Jr. in honor of his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.
Mahatma Gandhi had good words for many peace activists today who seek only to change the outer world when he said: “Change yourself. You must be the change you want to see in the world. As human beings, our greatness lays not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”
If you change yourself you will change your world.
If you change how you think then you will change how you feel and what actions you take. And so the world around you will change. Not only because you are now viewing your environment through new lenses of thoughts and emotions but also because the change within can allow you to take action in ways you wouldn’t have – or maybe even have thought about – while stuck in your old thought patterns.
The problem with changing your outer world without changing yourself is that you will still be you when you reach that change you have strived for. You will still have your flaws, anger, negativity, self-sabotaging tendencies etc. intact. And so in this new situation you will still not find what you hoped for since your mind is still seeping with that negative stuff. And if you get more without having some insight into and distance from your ego it may grow more powerful. Since your ego loves to divide things, to find enemies and to create separation it may start to try to create even more problems and conflicts in your life and world.” The Wholistic Peace Institute (WPI) Will Award Their “2014 Heart of Gold Peace Prize”.
The Institute’s Heart of Gold 2015 Peace Prize will also be presented during the lunch to: Kathy Larson, Lee Larson, Ray Jubitz for their decades of peace work and humanitarian service both here in Portland and other parts of the world. You might be interested to know that Ray Jubitz once worked in Africa for many years on “Peace through Trade” initiatives for an international NGO and recently started a “War Prevention Initiative” in Portland. Ray many years ago was with Beyond War, a spiritually based peace initiative and he and his wife went and lived in various cities to start Beyond War offices; he too embodied Mahatma Gandhi’s motto: “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
Lee and Kathy Larson were really the most important friends of Dignity Village the homeless camp in Portland.
They have been in private audiences with His Holiness the Dalai Lama many times and that has influenced their compassion and generous hearts. They have always used the motto of Mahatma Gandhi for their work, “You must be the change you want to see in the world”. They have truly embodied this theme.
Saluting Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. – He Taught Us How To Dream A “New Dream”
Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968); an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.
On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. In 1965, he and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) helped to organize the Selma to Montgomery marches and the following year, he took the movement north to Chicago to work on segregated housing. In the final years of his life, King expanded his focus to include poverty and speak against the Vietnam War, alienating many of his liberal allies with a 1967 speech titled "Beyond Vietnam". Many say his speech was prophetic.
Gary Alan Spanovich, Executive Director
Wholistic Peace Institute
Nobel Peace Laureate Program
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