'Wishes for the World'
'Wishes for the World'
'Wishes for the World'

In August 2015, some families of the Tara Redwood School, the pilot school for Creating Compassionate Cultures, gathered to make "Wishes for the World".  

Families joined together in the Wish-Fulfilling Temple up on the hill at Land of Medicine Buddha to make light, incense, and flower offerings. The impetus behind the gathering was the death of a local child, and Creating Compassionate Cultures responded by organising this event to aid in healing the community. Pam Cayton, founder of Creating Compassionate Cultures, wanted to "change the conversation from sadness and suffering to one of love and peace." To start, Pam led us in a short meditation on the 7 qualities of a peace hero. Following the meditation, participants lit tea lights and incense, and finally gathered outside to co-create a flower mandala. Each person shared a wish for the world before placing a flower in the mandala. A few of the wishes made were "may all beings have adequate healthcare", "may all beings have a home", "may all beings feel safe", and one of our youngest participants wished all beings to have "cozy". The event was a success for those who attended and for the local community. The following day the mandala was carefully dissolved and given back to the earth.