Featured Blog Posts – March 2009 Archive (15)

Saltwater Buddha Film

Added by Jaimal Yogis on March 30, 2009 at 7:00am — 20 Comments

A Respectful Rebel in an Orthodox Land

Meteora Monastery

Sitting in a cave in Meteora Greece, a few days after Fierce Light has screened at the Thessaloniki Film Festival. A soft rain has driven me off the purple, yellow white flower speckled mountain trail. Like Mount Athos, Meteora is a land of towering ancient greek orthodox monasteries. Unlike Athos, women are allowed here, and there is even a convent, named St. Stefanos.

Although I am not a Christian (I was raised a Baha'i, used to call myself a sufi buddhist… Continue

Added by Velcrow Ripper on March 27, 2009 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

A Pilgrims Progress


Thessaloniki, Greece

Today I introduced Fierce Light at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, here in Greece. I recounted my last visit to this lovely sea side city, back in 1999, when I was shooting Scared Sacred, the film about my journey to the ground zero’s of the world, searching for stories of transformation in the face of crisis. At the time I was facing my own crisis. First my girlfriend at the time decided to leave the project, and… Continue

Added by Velcrow Ripper on March 22, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

'Our World' Photo exhibit brings awareness and enlightenment to viewers around the world.

'Our World' Photo Exhibit.

Designed by Bobbi Miller Moro

Women Without Borders US

'Our World' Photo exhibit brings awareness and enlightenment to viewers around the world.

I discovered in doing this project that we have nothing to complain about in the developed countries we live in.

We live like kings, we are like kings complaining we want a better kingdom. We do not walk around concerned

that… Continue

Added by Bobbi Miller-Moro on March 20, 2009 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

Can Sufism Counter the Taleban?

Sufis by Velcrow Ripper


By Barbara Plett

BBC News, Lahore

It's one o'clock in the morning and the night is pounding with

hypnotic rhythms, the air thick with the smoke of incense.

I'm squeezed into a corner of the upper courtyard at the shrine of

Baba Shah Jamal in Lahore, famous for its Thursday night drumming


It's packed with young men, swaying to the… Continue

Added by Velcrow Ripper on March 16, 2009 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

The Gift of Acknowledgement


One of the simplest, most powerful things we can do in our everyday human interactions, is to acknowledge another person. To see them, to give them the gift of empowerment. Costs you nothing, but can be absolutely transformative for that person. It's the stellar opposite of that old stand by - judgement, criticism, disapproval. A spiritual activist looks for ways to encourage, to cajole the best of another, to add fuel to their spark, to light their fire by truly seeing… Continue

Added by Velcrow Ripper on March 16, 2009 at 2:23am — No Comments

Compassion on Two Legs


Spring 2000, Pak Mun Dam, Thailand

I'm at a protest camp in Thailand, on the Mun River, trying to shut down the world banked funded Pak Mun Dam project, which has been devastating communities and eco systems. My Filipino friend Cray and I are having a beer with a couple of hard nosed activists from the anti-fascist squatter scenes of Berlin. Cray let it slip that he is an unapologetic Roman Catholic, like many Filipinos, and it turns out the squatter guy… Continue

Added by Velcrow Ripper on March 12, 2009 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

25 Chronological Things About Me

On the 10th of January, I accepted David Califa's invitation to join iPeace's admin team. A few weeks ago, David asked us admins to participate in the "25 Things About Me" meme so that he could use the texts to introduce the team to the members of the network.

Knowing my skills with the hyperlinked fabric that makes the web, David suggested that I do a multimedia things. So… Continue

Added by Christopher Stewart on March 11, 2009 at 6:30am — 18 Comments

GUILT: An Exploration

My new book came out this week - it feels quite strange having it 'out there' at last, as this one feels particularly personal, having more creative and personal material in it. Looking forward to hearing how people receive it...

This book is a journey; an exploration into those areas of life which both fascinate and repel us. Through the weaving together of an account of a group of… Continue

Added by caroline brazier on March 9, 2009 at 10:57pm — No Comments

Leave Me Alone (Don't Ever!)

I once had a friend who was in a relationship crisis, and he was completely distraught. His life had been dedicated to spiritual practice, and increasingly, to teaching meditation and spiritual thought. He said to me, with a look of confusion, "I can go into deep Samadhi (Samadhi is a high state of meditative awareness) in meditation, but I can't figure out relationships."

I've experienced the same struggle in my own life, and I have a feeling we're not alone. But increasingly, I am… Continue

Added by Velcrow Ripper on March 9, 2009 at 5:14am — 3 Comments

Feminism, friendship and spirituality

March 8 is International Women’s Day but in Toronto, we celebrate IWD on the Saturday closest to March 8 I usually do I went to the rally and march that has been held every year since 1975.

On March 8. I had lunch with my friend Velcrow on Toronto Island, where he lives. I’ve been having some trouble healing from a leg injury that is causing me a lot of pain. I’ve been to the chiropractor, who made it worse, the massage therapist and the Chinese doctor who make it better for a day or… Continue

Added by Judy Rebick on March 9, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

My new book Transforming Power

Last night I got a box full of books from Penguin. It's hard to explain what an incredible moment it is to see a book you have written in its final form. Transforming Power: From the personal to the political is my fourth book. It explores new paths to social and political change in the Americas and Europe. In the book I argue that to meet the challenges of the crisis faced by the planet and its… Continue

Added by Judy Rebick on March 5, 2009 at 4:31pm — 3 Comments

Peace Preschool!

Dear Parents and Friends of the Jerusalem International YMCA Peace Preschool!

We are proud to launch our new website!! It's still being worked on but we'd like you to have a look and give us feedback.


We're particularly interested in finding out things you like about the site, things you don't like, things that don't work properly for you and things you'd like to see that aren't there.

While the site is… Continue

Added by Adena on March 5, 2009 at 10:22am — No Comments


Here's a short film I did based around an interview with a Hiroshima Survivor. It was part of a series of short films that later became part of my featured documentary, Scared Sacred.

By the way folks, you can help spread these videos by rating them high and reposting your comments on you… Continue

Added by Velcrow Ripper on March 3, 2009 at 9:30pm — 30 Comments

Noa and Mira Awad - Musical Show of Unity Upsets Many in Israel

Originally published in the New York Times


Published: February 24, 2009

TEL AVIV — Achinoam Nini, a singer and peace activist, has long stirred controversy here. Known abroad by her stage name, Noa, she has recorded with Arab artists, refused to perform in the occupied West Bank, condemned Israeli settlements there and had concerts canceled because of bomb threats from the extreme… Continue

Added by David Califa on March 3, 2009 at 9:09am — 38 Comments

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