The Peace Foundation and the Romero Community of Adelaide conducted a Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial in the Peace Park, War Memorial Drive, Adelaide, on Hiroshima Day 2022. Religions for Peace Chair / President, Multifaith Assoc. South Australia Philippa Rowland participated and led two prayers at this event.
When Graham Smith died, family and friends were invited to make a donation to start The Graham F Smith Peace Trust, instead of sending flowers. From its humble beginnings of providing an annual $500 Peace Award grant, the Peace Foundation has grown and now gives an annual $10,000 Peace Award grant as well as other minor grants and awards throughout the year.
Held on the anniversary of the World War II atomic bombing of Hiroshima (6 August), our annual commemoration remembers the devastation and horror wrought upon Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Peace Foundation partners with the Romero Community to honour the victims and call for global prohibition of nuclear weapons. The Memorial Service takes place at 8 am in the Peace Park, War Memorial Drive, opposite Memorial Hospital – all are welcome.
United Religions Initiative’s Universal Prayer for Peace
Adapted from the Hindu Upanishads, translated by Satish Kumar, a Jain Monk.
Lead me from death to life,
from falsehood to truth;
lead me from despair to hope,
from fear to trust;
lead me from hate to love,
from war to peace.
Let peace fill our heart,
our world, our universe.
Each day at noon, people of all faiths and none use this ‘Universal Prayer for Peace’. – a wave of prayer and hope rippling around the globe. May Peace Prevail on Earth!
Shantideva – a Bodhisattva Prayer for Humanity on Hiroshima Day 2022:
Written by Shantideva, a Buddhist monk of the Mahayana tradition who lived around 700 AD a devoted practitioner who wrote the Bodhicaryavatara or Bodhisattva Way of Life. His Holiness the Dalai Lama recites this prayer every morning.
Bodhisattva Prayer for Humanity
“May I be a guard for those who need protection
A guide for those on the path
A boat, a raft, a bridge for those who wish to cross the flood
May I be a lamp in the darkness
A resting place for the weary
A healing medicine for all who are sick
A vase of plenty, a tree of miracles
And for the boundless multitudes of living beings
May I bring sustenance and awakening
Enduring like the earth and sky
Until all beings are freed from sorrow
And all are awakened.”
We are all here together. We are alive thanks to our ancestors and the existence of the people, plants, animals, and life in our environment, Breathing In we each show appreciation for our life in this world. Now, Breath Out and be still for a brief moment.
Download these prayers in PDF format
Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons / UNESCO / Giovanni Boccardi, Wikimedia Commons / Netherzone