Welcome to AHIMSA Berkeley
Our name evokes the deep principles of ahimsa, to which we are dedicated – ahimsa is the Sanskrit word for nonviolence – the human capacity for peace. AHIMSA is a non-profit, nonsectarian foundation, drawing on both Eastern and Western faith traditions, and founded in 1993 to mark the Centennial of the Chicago Parliament of Religions. Our central activity is to encourage dialogues and public forums on issues which bridge spirituality and science and society. Our mission is to serve the advancement of peace by exploring how religion, science, and social action impact our awareness, to seek pathways for understanding, and to encourage every individual to seek and find his or her own truth and wisdom. The acronym AHIMSA stands for, "Agency for Human Interconnectedness through Manifestation of Spiritual Awareness." ALL OUR ACTIVITIES ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
August - September 2013
AUGUST -- Remembrance of the Atomic Bombing of Japan
bombing of Hiroshima - August 6, 1945
bombing of Nagasaki - August 9, 1945
For local, Remembrance events go to Connections, below.
SEPTEMBER - The United Nations Day of Peace
September 21, 2013
Co-sponsored UN Event, September 8, Berkeley CA. See below and Events
''My 40-kilogram body was blown 7 meters by the blast, and I was knocked out. When I came to, it was pitch black and utterly silent. In that soundless world, I thought I was the only one left. I was naked except for some rags around my hips. The skin on my left arm had peeled off in 5-centimeter strips that were all curled up. My right arm was sort of whitish. Putting my hands to my face, I found my right cheek quite rough while my left cheek was all slimy.''
''Suddenly, I heard lots of voices crying and screaming, 'Help!' 'Mommy, help!' Turning to a voice nearby I said, 'I'll help you.' I tried to move in that direction but my body was so heavy. I did manage to move enough to save one young child, but with no skin on my hands, I was unable to help any more...'I'm really sorry'...''
-- a women who was sixteen at the time of the blast
The Consequent of Utility
in burning field, flowers scream.
in burning air, clouds scream.
in burning tree, I am impaled
the wind holds me, the wind that boils as the sun
through skin, it strips away
through eyes, they melt onto my cheeks
through nostrils, my lungs becoming blood
through ears, piercing them cook them
through mouth, death enters the seventh cave
O Mother, your tears are boundless as your love
-- from "Crying Ashes" (3rd movement) - nw
Behold, it comes in might,
The power that is not power,
The light that is in darkness,
The shade in dazzling light.
It is joy that never spoke,
And grief unfelt, profound,
Immortal life unlived,
Eternal death unmourned.
It is not joy nor sorrow,
But that which is between,
It is not night nor morrow,
But that which joins them in.
-- Swami Vivekananda
September 2013 UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE:
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982. In 2001, the General Assembly by unanimous vote established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
Local program dedicated to the UN International Day of Peace
Peace Forum 2013: Paths to Peace: Building -- Compassion and Commitment for Transformation
Sunday September 8, 1:15pm - 6 pm
Pacific School of Religion (1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA)
Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian on Compassion is the Key to Peace
Professor David McGaffey on Swords into Plowshares, Enemies into Friends
sponsored by: Geeta Society, Bay Area Family Church, Women's Federation for World Peace
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
PLEASE JOIN US!
For more details go to Events page.
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** NEW 2013 : The talks from our March 24, 2013 panel discussion on Unity in Diversity: To Cure a Culture of Violence are now available --- go to Events page. This was a special discussion on cultural violence and responses to it, in the light of the Vedantic philosophy as brought to the West by SWAMI VIVEKANANDA (1863 - 1902). The event was held in commemoration of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birthday, and AHIMSA's 20th anniversary.
** Ruth Richard's talk on Age of Empathy? : New Views on Health, Human Nature and Relational Creativity (presented May 17, 2011) is now available on line at:
For more on the original talk go to Events).
** Mitch Hall's talk on Childhood Roots of Empathy, Peace, and Nonviolence (presented December 7, 2010) is now available on line at:
The slide show from Mitch’s wonderful empathy presentation is also available in several versions, PowerPoint, pdf and as image files. see
http://cultureofempathy.com/Projects/Interviews/2010-12-08-AHIMSA/index.htm and as updated on Slideshows page at http://breathepeacefully.com/
For more on the original talk go to Events).
** A special resource is being built by Edwin Rutsch: The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy, which is a portal for resources and information about the values of empathy and compassion. See Links and go to http://CultureOfEmpathy.com for Mitch Hall's talk and much much more, including Portal to empathy articles @ Empathy Cafe Magazine
** Report on Networking Workshop, September 2009 (Go to Links, Networking Workshop)
** Video: Huston Smith at AHIMSA Networking Workshop (Go to Networking Workshop)
** Audio:Talks from our 2008 conference on "The Power of Nonviolent Language and Action". Go to Ahimsa Voices
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* The Metta Center for Nonviolence Education Announces:
Gandhi and the Gita-Uncovering the Soul of Selfless Action We are called to service. We long for effective action. When: December 6-8, 2013 Where: The gorgeous and healing Mt. Madonna Retreat Center, Watsonville, California PLEASE REGISTER. The topic: In this retreat we will call upon a potent legacy of selfless action that models a way to work effectively without burnout, empowering each of us to find our calling and make our best contribution to our families,
www.mettacenter.org / firstname.lastname@example.org
Box 98 | Petaluma, CA 94953 US
REMEMBRANCE: OTHER BAY AREA EVENTS
The Northern California Regional Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace Remembrance, Forgiveness & Healing Events
August 3rd to August 12th * San Francisco Bay Area & All CA Phone Conference, Please join us for the Japanese Lantern Ceremony (08/03/13) in Berkeley, International Forgiveness Day in San Rafael (08/04/13), Banning the Bomb (08/06/13) in Livermore, and our all CA phone conference call on 'Healing 4 Our Families & Our Nation: Start the Healing & Stop the Killing' with guest speaker Mattie Scott (08/12/13) .
info at www.ThePeaceAlliance.org
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» Ahimsa Voices
What is our deep hunger? How is ahimsa rooted in spiritual attitudes and practice? How is ahimsa manifest in everyday life? Stories, audio talks, past journals.
Announcements and current events, including conferences and speakers.
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