Pilgrimage For Active Peace

The following article is from the Autumn, 1989 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

Tai Situ Rinpoche, one of Tibet's most revered lamas, is bringing his Pilgrimage for Active Peacea four-month-long trek for justice, harmony and peaceto the Bay Area, the only North American stop on a remarkable six-stop journey around the world.

The Pilgrimage's San Francisco visit, scheduled for October 10-15, will be enhanced by the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who has accepted the Tai Situpa's invitation to join the Pilgrimage in Bodh Gaya, San Francisco and New Delhi.

Activities planned for this unprecedented Bay Area day of peace include a Commonwealth luncheon speech by the Dalai Lama entitled Peace through Economic Progress (which will be broadcast live on KQED radio at 1 PM); an interfaith prayer service with the Bay Area's leading religious figures at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral; and an inspirational weekend atop Mount Shasta to include a traditional Tibetan environmental peace ceremony.

The Pilgrimage for Active Peace began on Sept. 3, 1989, when the Dalai Lama, the Tai Situpa and his disciples gathered at Bodh Gaya, India, site of the Buddha's enlightenment. Before arriving in San Francisco, they will travel to the historic Camaldoli Monastery in the mountains of Italy to meet with Christian monks and examine the relationship between internal peace and the pursuit of active peace. They will continue on to Dumfreisshire, Scotland, where Nobel Laureates will join the Pilgrimage at the largest Buddhist temple in Europe to discuss how current technology can be applied to peace efforts.

The Pilgrimage's San Francisco stay will be followed by a stop in New Delhi, India, where the Tai Situpa, accompanied by the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa and the heads of the 10 major religions of India, will lead a public padyatra, or walk for peace culminating in prayers at Raj Ghat, sacred site of Gandhi's cremation. They then will travel to Taiwan where tens of thousands of people will join the heads of the four sects of Tibetan Buddhism and an entourage of Mahayana monks to dedicate themselves in prayers for peace; and, on the final leg of this maiden peace mission, to Kathmandu, where the people of Nepal will join the Pilgrimage in carrying a torch from Lumbini, birthplace of Buddha, to a high spot at the northern end of the Kathmandu valley where an eternal flame for peace will be lit in full sight of the Himalayan range and Mount Everest.

For more information on the San Francisco events planned for the visit of the Pilgrimage for Active Peace, the public is invited to contact Maitreya Institute at 415-781-5590 or 392-4080.

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