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Worldwide Simultaneous Prayer for Peace with the Dalai Lama (english)
06 May 2003
Worldwide Simultaneous Prayer or Meditation with the Dalai Lama for Peace and Non-violence in resolving all conflicts
At exactly 4.30am GMT on May 7, 2003, for just 15 minutes, thousands of people round the world will simultaneously use the power of prayer or meditation to advance the possibilities of peace and non-violence in resolving all conflicts.

The Dalai Lama, well-known exponent of non-violence, has designated this period as particularly suitable for such a worldwide event.

He will lead it from where he is teaching a large gathering of Buddhists at Tawang in remote Arunachal Pradesh in north-eastern India.

Peace-lovers, wherever they are, are invited to join in, in groups, or privately in their homes, workplaces or hearts.

The local times of this event will depend on the time zones, and on Daylight Saving adjustments.

The Dalai Lama’s designation of the date and time is in a letter from his Dharamsala (India) office responding to a request some months ago by a Melbourne (Australia) woman, Marianne Baillieu. She has circulated it among peace groups, Buddhist centers, Tibetan support groups and to others on the Internet.

She says this meditation is not just for Tibet, nor meant to be a shot in any political battle. It is simply about using one’s thoughts and emotions to influence the energy of the planet to create peace and help prevent further conflicts.

The Dalai Lama has said that everybody, wherever living, has some potential to create a more peaceful and compassionate world, by creating a more peaceful and compassionate inner world.

Marianne Baillieu is a firm believer in the power of numerous people doing this simultaneously. She says “There is enormous good energy in the unity of many minds focusing at the same time on the possibility of peace”.

So, can this simultaneous 15 minute effort on Wednesday by countless thousands, perhaps millions, round the world, led in spirit by the Dalai Lama, make a difference? Will it give the planet a nudge it needs to tip the long term balance of the 21st Century towards peace rather than war? She believes it can and will.

“Remember” she says “Grains of sand can start an avalanche”.

A website giving local time referenced to GMT is:

For information:
Marianne Baillieu, 28 The Strand, Melbourne, Australia 3016. Tel: +613 93977109.
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