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Conference Design Completed

February 14, 2007

The conference program design is completed now, and there is no opportunity to add to it. If you want to showcase your group, consider registering for a table at the Peace Fair, for just $25, and attending the conference. Details of the Peace Fair are in the conference Program

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Building a Culture of Peace

Santa Fe, New Mexico – May 16 & 17, 2007

Welcome!

Join our plenary speakers, Arun Gandhi and Nobel Peace Laureates Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Jody Williams, and H.H. the Dalai Lama (by video) in a 2-day inquiry on how we can build a culture of peace in our society.

– register now, for early bird discounts, concessions, accommodation details and information on the “Peace Fair”.

– get the Conference Program

– Accommodation
Some rooms are available at the conference headquarters, Hilton Santa Fe, at a special conference rate of $139 (plus taxes). When you register we will send more details on how to get that rate.
We have also secured a special rate at the Sage Inn Call 866-433-0335 for the World Peace Conference price of $59 (plus tax), including breakfast.
Accommodation is also available at the Santa Fe International Youth Hostel
For full information on Santa Fe’s many interesting hotels, motels, and inns contact the Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-777-2489 or 505-955-6200 (www.santafe.org)

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The Events

Tibetan Monks Offer Program of Sacred Music and Sacred Dance to Introduce World Peace Conference

Mystical Arts of Tibet Performance:
Wednesday, May 17th, James A. Little Theater
Santa Fe, 7:00 p.m., $20.00
Contact: Ymelda De Vargas (505) 827-7340

The fabulous multiphonic singers of Tibet’s Drepung Loseling Monastery, who travel around the country to promote peace, will perform “Sacred Music and Sacred Dance” on Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the James A. Little Theater to benefit the World Peace Conference that will be held here in the fall. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door or at the Ark Bookstore.

State Senator Shannon Robinson of Albuquerque will introduce the monks and announce the World Peace Conference, sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Tourism, to be held in the fall at the Capital in Santa Fe. The theme for the Conference is Giving Peace a New Face. The three-day event will explore the many facets of peace and will introduce the concepts of building environmentally sound, sustainable, peace-based economies. Nobel Peace Laureates and other dignitaries from around the world will be in attendance at the conference. The program will be announced at the concert.

The Sacred Music Sacred Dance tour is sponsored by Richard Gere Productions, Inc. and Drepung Loseling Institute, the North American Seat of the Drepung Loseling Monastery, with the blessings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The tour has three basic purposes: to make a contribution to world healing and peace movements; to generate a greater awareness of the endangered Tibetan civilization; and to raise support for the refugee community in India.

The Drepung Loseling monks wear magnificent costumes and play traditional Tibetan instruments while performing ancient temple music and dance. They perform pieces believed to generate energies conducive to world healing. Their performance, which includes multiphonic singing chant masters, transcends time and place through rituals, joyous and hauntingly beautiful. Multiphonic singing requires the monks to simultaneously intone three notes of a chord. The Drepung Loseling monks are particularly renowned for this unique singing. They also utilize traditional instruments such as 10-feet long dungchen trumpets, drums, bells, cymbals and gyaling horns. Rich brocade costumes and masked dances, such as the Dance of the Sacred Snow Lion, add to the exotic splendor.

Drepung Loseling Monastery was established near Lhasa, Tibet in 1416 in order to preserve and transmit the ancient Buddhist arts and sciences. It had four departments, of which Loseling, or “The Hermitage of the Radiant Mind,” was the largest. Shortly after the Chinese communist invasion of Tibet in 1959, Drepung Loseling was closed. Most of its monks were either killed or put in concentration camps. Some managed to escape and re-establish the monastery in India, where they work to preserve Drepung Loseling’s ancient heritage by preserving the traditional training program. News of Loseling’s existence has spread through Central Asia, and over the years many more young spiritual aspirants have fled Chinese-occupied Tibet and sought entrance into the monastery. The number of monks presently in residence at the re-established Drepung Loseling has increased to more than 2,500. The monks are touring America to raise money for their monastery in exile.

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World Peace Conference 2006 Santa Fe, New Mexico

Giving Peace a New Face

On September 22nd, 23rd and 24th, participants, speakers, artists and musicians from all over the world representing many cultures, religions and political ideologies will come together in Santa Fe for the 2006 World Peace Conference. The theme for the Conference is Giving Peace a New Face. The three-day event will explore the many facets of peace and will introduce the concepts of building environmentally sound, sustainable, peace-based economies.

This conference will begin to define and shape the face of a peace-based economy. Through the exploration of an Economy of Peace, defense-based economic structures can be examined, and the true long-term cost of war can be investigated. The model of scarcity and the issue of centralized versus localized economies will be addressed. Practical ways to move forward with new approaches to building a sustainable economy will be explored, and incentives within the economy to promote and support peace. Conference topics will also address new paradigms for reconciliation and ways for creating cultural understanding.

Creating the New Face of Peace

The theme for post-conference activities is Creating the New Face of Peace. The Conference design will provide participants with the information and structure necessary to become active and involved in post-conference communication with one another as we all work towards Creating the New Face of Peace. Participants will leave the conference with a deeper insight and understanding of the concept of a peace-based economy. Participants will also be given the opportunity to establish a network of other interested partners who will provide support as we create this concept into reality and bring peace and prosperity to our own lives, our families and our communities.

Conference location

The 2006 World Peace Conference will take place in the Chambers of the House of Representatives at the New Mexico State Capitol Building located at the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe. Overflow attendance will be placed in the Senate Chambers and at various locations throughout the downtown Santa Fe area where video feeds will broadcast the proceedings.

Audience: Will include world leaders, educators, youth, activists, grassroots NGO’s, environmentalists, sustainability designers, and governmental, business and religious leaders.

A variety of Santa Fe lodging can be found here.

Conference prelude: Celebrating International Day of Peace

As a prelude to the 2006 World Peace Conference, an Interfaith Candlelight Vigil has been scheduled for September 21st on the historic Santa Fe Plaza. All faiths and their desire for peace will be honored and acknowledged. The Interfaith Candlelight Vigil will begin at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to participate in this special event. (For more on the United Nations resolution, declaring September 21 of each year as a day to encourage worldwide observances of peace and non-violence.
See www.worldpeace.org

Conference activities

Additional Conference activities include various youth presentations, a sponsorship dinner and a Friday evening concert featuring musical performers representing the international and local New Mexico music scenes.

Check out Globalquerque!, the weeklong celebration and festival, with educational workshops, community outreach events, foreign films, a global village and the best in world music.

We will be posting a schedule of events and speakers as details are finalized, so we invite you to visit our web site often to view new developments and for conference registration information.

Become a World Peace Conference sponsor

We invite businesses and individuals to participate as sponsors of the 2006 World Peace Conference.

Committees are forming

Conference committees are forming and volunteers are invited to join us as we make our contribution towards bringing peace to the world. Click here for information on how you can volunteer to assist with the production of the 2006 World Peace Conference.

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