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The United Nations has adopted September 21st as an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence. On September 23, 2009, His Holiness the Dalai Lama received the International Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. During his two day visit he gave a public talk on "Developing Peace and Harmony."

At that time the founder of Pema Karpo Meditation Center, Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche, made a commitment to honor the visit of His Holiness by creating an annual festival of peace and harmony. The purpose of the Memphis Days of Peace & Harmony is to strengthen these two qualities within individuals, families, and societies.

Declaring September 21-23 Memphis Peace & Harmony Days

Proclamation by City of Memphis Mayor A. C. Wharton, Jr.

Proclamation by Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr.

Proclamation by 9th District Congressman Steve Cohen

2017 Peace and Harmony Retreat

Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche will lead all 3 sessions


7-8:30 PM

The Sound of Peace - Meditation with Music and Mantra
Short Opening Talk by Rinpoche


5-7 PM

 Peace is the Absence of Violence

5-6 PM Peace on the Streets - Nonviolence Memphis Vigil with banners at the corner of Ral-Mill and Yale. We are joining with members of other local organizations who will be standing on corners around Memphis to remind drivers of the possibility of a nonviolent Memphis.

6-7 Meditating with the Blue Turtle – a sensory enhanced meditation experience
Music, ocean sounds, and shifting lights used to create a relaxing and peaceful environment


7 -10ish PM

Heightened Five Senses Party
A Party Mix of Ancient Wisdom Techniques with Modern Stuff
Includes: Music, Conversation, Discussion, Snacks and Fizzy H2O. Could be time and space for some yoga and mindful dancing too.  Rinpoche will lead the heightening senses section and discussion.



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