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    Posted May 15, 2009 by
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    Remembering the fallen

    Memorial Day 2009 Lantern Floating - Mortal "enemies" forge Parth to Peace

     

    Memorial Day 2009 - Mortal "enemies" choose Path to Peace - 25,000 people gather for ceremony

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 14, 2009

     

    On Memorial Day this year (May 25, 2009)  mortal enemies from both sides of the Middle-East conflict will travel halfway around the world to take part in three healing and historic events...

     

    On this day, the Shinnyo-en Foundation, as part of its "Six Billion Paths to Peace" initiative, will host an important news event… the SIX BILLION PATHS TO PEACE: “Reflection and Dialogue.”

     

    At the same time, the 10th Anniversary celebration of the visually spectacular LANTERN FLOATING ceremony will be hosted by its sister foundation, the Na Lei Aloha Foundation, and Shinnyo-en, to honor those who have died in wars – without distinction between friend and foe.  It is a vision of a global future that connects Asia, America, and the Middle East in an expression of peace and harmony.

     

    PHOTO #1

     

    The next day, the Shinnyo-en Foundation is co-sponsoring a third important event, in partnership with the Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue co-founded by Len & Libby Traubman, entitled CHANGING LIVES IN THE HOLY LAND: "Stories of loss, vision, and hope".

     

    As part of its “Six Billion Paths to Peace” initiative, the Shinnyo-en Foundation has invited people from both sides of the Middle-East conflict who are traveling halfway around the world to take part in these three healing and historic events…

     

    DETAILS – WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE?  (3 historic news events!)

     

    EVENT #1: LANTERN FLOATING - Memorial Day 2009
    WHAT:  A visually stunning (a cameraman's dream!) event as 25,000 people of all faiths gather to commemorate those who died in wars, and float little boats with prayer lanterns into the sea at sunset.  It is an emotional experience you will never forget.
    WHO:  The event is hosted for people of all faiths by a Buddhist archbishop, her Holiness Keishu Shinso Ito, of Shinnyo-en, the only major world religion which has a WOMAN as its spiritual leader.  This is the same Buddhist group that built a MOSQUE for Muslims in Pakistan, following a devastating earthquake.
    WHEN: Monday, May 25
    6.30 p.m. at Magic Island
    WHERE: Ala Moana Beach Park, Honolulu, Hawaii
    LINK: http://www.lanternfloatinghawaii.com/

     

    PHOTO #2

     

    View a slideshow of Lantern Floating
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/37175635@N08/show/

     

    Watch MOVIE of Lantern Floating
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_bq9LF0jAg

     

    DOWNLOAD A NEWS RELEASE WITH PHOTOS OF LANTERN FLOATING AT:
    http://traubman.igc.org/2009LanternFloating.pdf

     

    EVENT #2: SIX BILLION PATHS TO PEACE: “REFLECTION AND DIALOGUE”
    WHAT:  Mortal "enemies" gather to create a Path to Peace.  They will attend Lantern Floating, and then get together to share stories of loss, vision, and hope.  (Note: All participants will be available to the news media for interviews.)
    WHEN: May 26, 2009
    WHERE: Honolulu, Hawaii
    WHO: Huda Abu Arquob (Palestinian Muslim), Ilana Meallem (Israeli), Mohammed Issa Abufayyad (Palestinian Muslim), and Elad Vazana (Israeli), Len & Libby Traubman, Dr. Reuven Gal, David Eisner, Michelle Nunn (daughter of U.S. Senator Sam Nunn), Reverend Mark Farr, Henry Lozano, Harumitsu Inouye, Ed.D of the Shinnyo-en Foundation.
    DOWNLOAD A NEWS RELEASE WITH PHOTOS AND BIOS OF PARTICIPANTS AT:
    http://traubman.igc.org/2009LanternFloating.pdf
    LINK: http://www.sef.org/sixbillionpaths.html

     

    EVENT #3: CHANGING LIVES IN THE HOLY LAND: “Stories of loss, vision, and hope”
    WHAT:  A grassroots gathering of people from the Middle-East conflict (location: a High School in San Francisco) who share stories of loss, vision, and hope for a better future.
    WHEN: May 27, 2009
    7:00 - Exhibits & Refreshments
    7:30-9:30 - Palestinian & Israeli stories
    WHERE: St. Ignatius High School Commons, San Francisco
    WHO: Hosted by Len & Libby Traubman, known for their sustained Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue, face-to-face grassroots meetings held since 1992 with a new quality of listening among Muslim, Jewish, Christian and other adults and youth.  In 1982 they also helped launch Beyond War, now Foundation for Global Community.  Libby & Len are respected for their guiding hand in the creation of the Palestinian-Jewish Family Peacemakers Camp.  They live in San Mateo, California.
    LINK: http://traubman.igc.org/changenight.htm

     

    DOWNLOAD A NEWS RELEASE WITH PHOTOS AND BIOS OF PARTICIPANTS AT:
    http://traubman.igc.org/2009LanternFloating.pdf

     

    MORE DETAILS...

     

    LANTERN FLOATING
    *  On Memorial Day, more than 25,000 people of all faiths will gather on Ala Moana beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, within a stone’s throw of the USS Arizona Memorial, to honor their ancestors, victims of natural disasters, and also those who have died in wars – without distinction between friend and foe – and to offer spiritual consolation.

     

    *  Dramatic and visually spectacular (a news cameraman’s dream), Lantern Floating is an emotional experience, as people of all faiths and from all corners of the Earth gather together.  They wrap prayers of all faiths around candles, and at sunset, float them out to sea in small boats.  It is a vision of a global future that connects Asia, America, and the Middle East in an expression of peace and harmony.

     

    *  The Shinnyo-en Buddhist order is the only major world religion which has a woman, her Holiness Keishu Shinso Ito, as its spiritual leader.

     

    *  Following a devastating earthquake in Pakistan, Shinnyo-en built a mosque – a place for spiritual refuge – for the people.  That’s right: a Muslim temple.  A Buddhist order building a mosque for Muslims?  Why not?  We believe that: “Kindness has no borders. It has nothing to do with your faith, the color of your skin, or what country you come from.  Kindness is about creating human happiness and harmony.”

     

    "An enemy is one whose story we have not heard."  Len Traubman, co-sponsor of the CHANGING LIVES IN THE HOLY LAND event.

     

    SIX BILLION PATHS TO PEACE: “REFLECTION AND DIALOGUE”
    This is more than just a story of hope.  It is the story of a NEW BREED… a story of people living in the midst of war who reject all the forces around them pulling them back into conflict… heroes like Huda Abu Arquob, Ilana Meallem, Mohammed Issa Abufayyad, and Elad Vazana.  In the countries where they live, they would not be admired for choosing a Path to Peace.  They could be called TRAITORS and possibly risk their lives... at best they would be called "naive."  All of them have lost friends and family members.  They are exemplars of courage, lights that shine in the darkness, people who reject violence and refuse to be enemies.  Instead, they’ve chosen their Paths to Peace: engaging each other and creating a new future.  They are a NEW BREED of human being, a new DNA at the spiritual level… living in the midst of war, and yet choosing to live “beyond war.”  They walk a path between two worlds: an old world that is dying but not quite dead, and a new world that is conceived but not quite born.  We celebrate these dynamic peacemakers.

     

    CHANGING LIVES IN THE HOLY LAND: "STORIES OF LOSS, VISION, AND HOPE"
    A third important public event takes place on Wednesday, May 27 in San Francisco, where the Palestinian and Israeli participants of the Peace Dialogue are featured in CHANGING LIVES IN THE HOLY LAND: Stories of loss, vision, and hope.  This event, co-sponsored by the Shinnyo-en Foundation, is inspired by the extraordinarily successful method of sharing stories and listening to each other, pioneered by Len & Libby Traubman in their Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogues where participants discover that “an enemy is one whose story we have not heard.”  Since 1992, this grassroots peace movement has held many hundreds of living room and public peace dialogues that change people and relationships.  Participants include citizens on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian relationship who decide to live “a life beyond war.”

     

    MEDIA CONTACT: (for LANTERN FLOATING and SIX BILLION PATHS TO PEACE: “REFLECTION AND DIALOGUE”)
    Eric Kasum
    (714) 261-0660
    erickasum@gmail.com

     

    MEDIA CONTACT: (for CHANGING LIVES IN THE HOLY LAND: "STORIES OF LOSS, VISION, AND HOPE")
    Libby Traubman - LTraubman@earthlink.net or (650) 574-8303 or (650) 200-8913
    Nahida Salem - SettyNahida@gmail.com or (650) 921-3225

     

    DOWNLOAD A NEWS RELEASE WITH PHOTOS AND BIOS OF PARTICIPANTS AT:
    http://traubman.igc.org/2009LanternFloating.pdf

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