Peacebuilding

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A Contemplation on Resilience in Ukraine

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"...if we block the tears, if we stay tightfisted, we deny power that is given to us through them."

Gender and Peace | Thoughts on the Russian War in Ukraine

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Research shows that societies which are more gender equal also are more peaceful. A modern military that is gender-balanced could result in greater commitment to ethics, values and keeping the peace.

Civility and its Discontents

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Dialogue across the political divide often replicates the Eurocentric cycle of harm and revenge, but it doesn’t have to.

Vision for a City of Hope Near Auschwitz

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It embraces peace that goes beyond the mere absence of conflict and war, to bring about a change of heart that embraces our common humanity. Peace in this sense is a dynamic concept that facilitates the full development of the human potential.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s Code of Global Ethics

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At the turning of the Millennium, the United Nations chose Thich Nhat Hanh's code of global ethics, the Five Mindfulness Trainings, as the foundation for a non-sectarian ethical path for humanity.

Inner Work Makes Our Outer Work Massively More Effective

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If you are already on the path of your own inner work, you will know how a regular practice of self-reflection can be incredibly useful—not just to you, but to the communities around you, as well as to the wider world. 

A Vision for the World

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The gift hidden in our unprecedented world crisis is an equally unprecedented opportunity. My vision of the world? My hope for the future? This topic sounds a bit big. Allow me to start small—say, with crows. They are my special friends.

Caring for the Soul of Humanity

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I was 25 years old when I witnessed human misery for the first time. It was 2008, and I had moved to a remote city in the underprivileged state of Maranhão, in Northeast Brazil. Despite moving with the illusion of building a new life, the harsh realities of extreme poverty and structural violence expanded my worldview in ways I couldn’t imagine.

Sacred Diplomacy in the Emerging Ecozoic Era

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International diplomats are worn out from the toxic politics, overriding militarism, and positional bargaining for land, money, and power that define present negotiations.

Statement on the Unique Challenge of Nuclear Weapons

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"The destructive capacity of nuclear weapons is beyond imagination, poisoning the Earth forever. These horrific devices place before us every day the decision whether we will be the last human generation. The power to unleash this destruction is in the hands of a small number of people. No one should be holding such power over the very creation, which we regard as a sacred gift for all today and for future generations."