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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

2016 Peace and Harmony Retreat

Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche will lead all 3 sessions


10 AM-12 PM

Riwo Sangchöd - This is a purification practice in Tibetan with English translation. You may bring items to pass through the smoke to purify and to raise energy.


7-8:30 PM

 Loving-Kindness and Compassion Practices for the World - Practices to strengthen the soul of human beings which is loving-kindness and compassion


5-6 PM

7-8:30 PM

Nonviolence Memphis Vigil with banners at the SE corner of Ral-Mill and Yale. Join with other local organizations who will be standing on other corners around Memphis to remind drivers of the possibility of a nonviolent Memphis.

 Meditation for World Peace - As a group we will hold the aspiration and belief that world peace is possible.

Sunday - Sept 18

3-5 PM

Nonviolence Memphis Interfaith Peace Vigil at The National Civil Rights Museum's Plaza with Speakers, Readings, Music and Song. Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche will be a speaker. 

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