June 18, 2016 10:45 am – 9:30 pm Guru Ram Das Puri, New Mexico
A Day of Music, Dance and Prayer—International Peace Prayer Day is a gathering on the sacred land of Guru Ram Das Puri where we can express our gratitude and hope for the future through yoga, meditation, chanting, and the Sacred Healing Walk. This is a potent time to offer your prayers for the peace, healing, and unity of all humanity, to bless and honor this sacred land, and—for those participating in the Summer Solstice Sadhana, to set ourselves to go through the transformative Solstice journey. All are welcome to attend this free event.
2016 Peace Prayer Day Program
This year during the International Peace Prayer Day at Summer Solstice, we are focusing on the idea of Revolutionary Love. We invite you to join us on this land charged with ancient prayers to create revolutionary change in your own heart and on this planet; a change where love is the default, compassion the standard, and peace the only way.
Together we will take the sacred healing walk, a spiritual pilgrimage into the center of your destiny, raise our spirits by chanting with the light-magnifying music of Aykanna, and awaken to our soul's call for Revolutionary Love with peace activist Valarie Kaur. There will be a global meditation for peace, runners carrying the light back to us again, a joyous Bhangra celebration, and a children's program for the littlest peacemakers.
Everyone is welcome on this free day, and if you decide to join us for the Summer Solstice experience, International Peace Prayer Day can serve as a heart-opening catalyst that launches your spirit into the stratosphere of your own potential. It is time for humanity to live in Revolutionary Love, to awaken to the urgent call of this age to bring peace into the hearts of every man, woman, and child, and to be the peace we wish to see in the world. We need you there. Your soul needs you there. Please join us.
Peace Activist Valarie Kaur on "Revolutionary Love"
Valarie Kaur is a leading voice for social justice in America who presents "revolutionary love" as a political and moral force that can dismantle injustice. As a lawyer, filmmaker, activist, entrepreneur, and Sikh thought leader, she has made award-winning films and led nationalcampaigns to advance progressive issues: racism and profiling, gun violence, immigration detention, LGBTQ equality, and hate crimes against Muslims and Sikhs. Valarie is a regular television commentator on MSNBC and opinion contributor to CNN, NPR, PBS, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times. She has also addressed audiences at theWhite House, Pentagon, and the Parliament of the World's Religions. Valarie has degrees from Stanford, Harvard, and Yale. Be inspired into creating Revolutionary Love in your communities after this powerful keynote address!
The Sacred Healing Walk
Every year we hold a meditation for healing ourselves and our world by walking the spiral Peace Prayer Path at Guru Ram Das Puri. Come be a part of this solstice ritual at the Annual International Peace Prayer Day.
Yogi Bhajan's Vision of Peace
Yogi Bhajan inspired people to lead healthy, happy, and holy lives. A master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan was committed to helping create a loving world. The founding of International Peace Prayer Day--joining people of all faiths to pray for and celebrate peace—is one of his many legacies to humanity.
"Most beloved of God are those who are peace, at peace, share peace, and bring peace to all." ~ Yogi Bhajan
International Peace Prayer Day History
Since 1986 musicians, entertainers, peace activists, public servants, and interfaith leaders have gathered together to celebrate International Peace Prayer Day. Come and experience the ceremony of the Sacred Healing Walk, live devotional music and dance from around the globe, the power of voices uplifted in prayer, and the sharing of joy and laughter in community.
What to Bring
- Sheepskins or mats for sitting
- A water bottle (fresh and pure water is available on-site)
- Reusable plates, eating utensils, and cloth napkins (in support of our Mother Earth, we do not provide disposable dinnerware/paper products)
- Head covering (hat, scarf, etc.)
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Closed toe shoes for varied high desert terrain
- Three offerings to leave at each Altar during the Sacred Healing Walk
Peace Flame Runners
Every year International Peace Prayer Day runners carry a flame lit in the Santuario De Chamayo to the Jemez Mountains site of International Peace Prayer Day at Guru Ram Das Puri. Be part of this uplifting event, as a Peace Flame Runner or part of the Support Team. Or join the Global Community at Guru Ram Das Puri to welcome the runners and the Peace Flame. Contact Dham Khalsa May we “keep the flame alive” in our hearts. It represents the love of God within us which people of God are called to share with one another and with all of Mother Earth's creatures.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Peace Flame Run:
Is this a race? No, this is not a race; it is a group torch run to promote world peace.
How long is the run? It is 20 miles long.
Do I have to run the whole 20 miles? No, we have a support van that follows us the whole way, which you may ride whenever you please.
How fast is the pace? We generally run a pace of 10-12 min/mile
What has the weather been like in the past? The weather can range from the mid to upper 90’s, with wind and dust. In the last 10 years of this run, it has only rained once.
Can I walk the course? No, because this is such a small event, it is considered a group run.
What kind of support is provided at this event? The following items will be kept in the support van for the participant; water, Gatorade, cola, bananas, oranges, Fig Newtons, first-aid, and sunscreen.
How long does the run take? It usually takes 5-6 hours total. This includes stopping for hydration breaks.
Are showers available at the finish? Yes, there are showers at the finish; only cold water is available.
Is the course difficult? The general consensus is that this particular 20 miles is as difficult as doing a complete marathon.
Is this a timed event? No, this is a group run.
Is there an entry fee? No there is no entry fee. This is a non-profit event.
Do all entrants receive an event T-shirt? Yes, there will be event T-shirts available to all the participants.
How do I register for this event? Contact the event organizer at [email protected]
Will food be available at the finish? Yes, there will be a free meal at the finish.
Where and when will we meet for this event? Contact the event organizer for directions, times, and shuttle possibilities.