A Message from Michael Beckwith
SNV Founding Chairperson
"With the dawning of a new year, our global family has entered a new frontier of individual and global transformation. The founders and leaders of A Season for Nonviolence offer a 16 year legacy promoting a collective voice for world peace, affecting the way millions of individuals practice the principles of peace in their daily lives. Because peace-building depends upon those of us who are willing to go to the edge of the possible, to pave the way into a new evolutionary era, I urge you — my worldwide brothers and sisters — to consider how your individual contribution can seed the evolution of a global culture of peace through your participation in the Season for Nonviolence this year."
Daily Affirmations • Quotations • Practices • Reflections
The Season for Nonviolence's foundational program, 64 Ways in 64 Days offers many ways for individuals to practice nonviolence throughout the Season. Here you can find materials for teens, children, group activites, public service announcements, formatted booklets, and a mandala meditation tool.
Sunday Service and Study Programs
Programs and SNV web materials found here are free to everyone. PLEASE LET US KNOW if you plan to lead, or be involved in a course so we can keep up with your progress and notify you of updates.
Our “Study Network” by Teleconference (no fee)
Practice principles of building global community at the same time you are learning! PLEASE LET US KNOW if you plan to lead or be involved in a course so we can offer the opportunity to network by teleconference with other groups and individuals taking the course around the world.
More about the Dalai Lama's participation
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, added his name to the Season for Non Violence in 2013. Read more.
Book Study • Key Concepts • Discussion Questions • Practice Exercises
• 9 Weeks or Sessions
Based on the revolutionary book by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, this self-organizing group course adapted, from a study guide created by the Dalai Lama Foundation, is perfect for church or community groups of any size. In each session, participants will review two chapters from, Ethics for the New Millennium as the starting point for an in-depth exploration of ethics in our own lives and how these can be applied to transformation in our communities.
RECORDINGS FROM SPECIAL TELECONFERENCE, MARCH 29, 2013: "Beyond Religion: Ethics for a New Millennium and Our Future Vision" with the Dalai Lama Foundation and Association for Global New Thought. This participatory event featured the Dalai Lama Foundation's President, Tenzin Tethong; Board Chair, Tony, Hoeber; and Executive Director, Darlene Markovich. The panel set a foundation for what we mean by "secular ethics" in a new millennium, why the Tibetan culture and wisdom of His Holiness the Dalai Lama are key to this work on a universal level, and what the vision is of the Dalai Lama Foundation in cultivating partnerships with organizations and individuals. LISTEN TO RECORDING:
RECORDINGS FROM SECOND TELECONFERENCE, APRIL 30, 2013: "Educating the Heart Through Training the Mind" moderated by the Dalai Lama Foundation's President, Tenzin Tethong and featuring Joseph Bobrow: Zen master and founder of Deep Streams Institute in San Francisco, and Nipun Mehta: founder of ServiceSpace.org, an incubator of projects that works at the intersection of volunteerism, technology and gift-economy.
Minister/Speaker Talk Content Outlines• Weekly Lessons • Working Group Study Guides • 7 Weeks
This program is based on Lynne McTaggart's new book, The Bond, and focuses on the essential bond that unites us all as a means of strengthening our communities and helping us evolve to become a powerful change agents for local and global unity.
Study Guide • Practices • Weekly Minister Lessons, Affirmation Cards, and Church Bulletin • 7 Weeks
This program is based on a book by Phil Cousineau called Beyond Forgiveness: Reflections on Atonement. The course is dedicated to demonstrating that atonement can be the missing key to long-lasting reconciliation in both personal relationships and on the collective level.
THE THEME for last year's annual Season for Nonviolence event at the United Nations was "Global Peace Through Social Media". The Association for Global New Thought invites peace-builders from all over the world to contribute video messages sharing how they are making nonviolence a part of their lives. Students and youth groups, individuals, church and community groups are invited to create short, simple videos to energize this messaging campaign.