Monday, May 15, 2017

Symphony of Peace Prayers Today in Japan

Public domain photo by Petr Kratochvil

Set in the foothills of majestic Mount Fuji in Japan, Fuji Sanctuary is the birthplace and global home of the Symphony of Peace Prayers (SOPP).

The 13th annual Symphony of Peace Prayers will be celebrated at Fuji Sanctuary on May 14, 2017.

Watch the SOPP online!
This year’s ceremony will once again be broadcast live online, beginning at 10 am Japan time (click here for local time).

Each year since the ceremony began in 2005, as many as 10,000 participants, including distinguished spiritual leaders and many guests of honor, have gathered in Fuji Sanctuary’s outdoor Prayer Field to pray together for the peace and happiness of humanity, to celebrate harmony among religions and cultures, and to urge a transformation in human consciousness.

Prayer leaders at Fuji Sanctuary, 2017:

  • Fr. Rocco Viviano (Catholicism)
  • Dr. Shlomo Alom (Judaism)
  • Imam Muhammed Rasit Alas (Islam)
  • Mr. Yuko Chiba (Shintoism)
  • Mr. Zengi Tanaka (Buddhism)
  • Ms. Deepti Diwakar (Hinduism)
This year, a new international symposium on the Fuji Declaration will be held prior to the SOPP, with the theme of “Restoring balance between the divine feminine and divine masculine”.

Past ceremonies have also included a Global Peace Meditation, a musical performance, and/or a reading of a poem. In recent years, participants have been invited to join in reciting the following poem:

Creation of the Universe

When we quiet our mind and pray,
we feel the prayerful life of all living things.
Our prayers become the energy of love and healing,
embracing the Earth, humanity,
and all living things, and bringing all back to life.
The creation of a new planet Earth begins.
Even when human beings forget to pray,
the earth, the seas, the mountains, and all living things
go on praying for the time when humanity will awaken.
When we quiet our mind and pray,
we feel the prayerful life of all living things.
Our prayers become light,
illuminating the divinity in each and every human being.
At that time, the Earth, humanity,
all life and all living things become one,
and a new symphony of life resonates with the Universe.

To close the ceremony, the national flag bearers once again spread throughout the Prayer Field, filling the sanctuary and the hearts of participants with vibrations of peace, harmony, and oneness.

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