Following the kind support of donors and attendees of the Peace Partners Gala Benefit in October, through which over £20,000.00 has been raised, and with additional pledges still expected, you might like to hear below about some of the inspiring developments that have been taking place in the UK and around the world.
Max (the books editor) has updated us on Prem Rawat`s new book, ‘Splitting the Arrow’, it was released last month to widespread acclaim and has sold more than 15,000 copies in Japan since publication. Thanks to a local initiative ‘Splitting the Arrow’ is now available in every prison, and other major institutions in Japan.
Five major media articles have been released about the book and it is expected that the combined readership of these articles is likely to exceed two and a half million people.
The ‘Kifubon project’ allows people to purchase books and the publisher then distributes them to prisons, orphanages and various institutions around Japan. This project has been warmly welcomed by the Japanese public and the media. At least 5 major articles about the book will be coming out in the next 2 months. The total outreach of all those articles will be a combined 2 and a half million readers, with more in the pipeline.
At one prison, the warden and the guards have all read the book that was donated. The warden was so impressed, that he wants all of the 900 inmates to have a chance to read it. He ordered 50 copies just for their facility. The books are being used in reading circles, in which inmates take turns reading aloud and sharing their feelings.
The Kifubon book donation project is now taking its first steps outside of Japan. An educational institute in Cambodia is being sent 100 books through the project. If you would like to support the project and share the understanding, you’re welcome to join in. And for those of you who want to donate 60 or more books to the project, there are some copies of the signed leather-backed books still available.
The publisher’s website now has a new credit card payment option and more shipping options.
Getting this book to be a best-seller is a long term project and one that will simultaneously introduce Prem’s message to millions of new people around the world.
If you would like to get involved and support this project please feel welcome to do so at whatever level is comfortable for you. If you simply want to relax and enjoy witnessing the beauty of what’s unfolding through this project, that’s fine too.
Whatever you choose, I hope you’ll let me keep you in touch as this project grows around the world.
Thank you again, and best wishes,
Interest in the Peace Education Programme (PEP) is growing steadily in the UK and, if you wish to get involved, support is available on the TPRF website. Here too, you can check under “PEP Programs” to see where courses are taking place, such as the one at Thameside Prison.
In this category B establishment, with over 1000 male inmates, the fifth consecutive PEP is currently being facilitated and the team has expanded to 19 volunteers to accommodate growing interest. It is hoped that there will be four PEP sessions a week there from January 2016.
One of the prisoners was deeply touched by the session on “Choice” and inspired to write this poem, which he gave permission to be freely shared.
Building on seeds sown at Prem Rawat`s address at the Houses of Parliament last year, discussions are underway with a number of veterans aftercare associations with a view to offering PEP for Veterans next year in Bath and the South West.
November 27th marks the fourth anniversary of the Pledge to Peace declaration, marking a new culture of peace through practical measures to help people enjoy their lives in dignity, peace and prosperity. A growing network of private sector, voluntary and public organisations have taken up the challenge to put the pledge into practice. You can read more about the Pledge to Peace here...
For your information there are still a few copies of the ‘Breath Book’ available to purchase. This stunning limited edition, featuring Prem Rawat`s words presented by some of the world's finest calligraphers, can be ordered here….
Thank you again for your invaluable support.
Juli Hammersley, Mary Dalgleish & Dorri Jones
On behalf of the Peace Partners Team