05.01.2014 ►Jaipur ►ICPNA Afternoon & Evening

Posted: 27.02.2014
Updated on: 30.07.2015

Directly after lunch the first plenary session started on “Nonviolence - Perception, Practice and Concept” in the afternoon. All plenary sessions had the same structure. The chairman asked the speakers to deliver their lecture, but to fit it please into the time table. When all lectures of a plenary session had been delivered, the chairman summed them up. All this was supposed to happen in 90 minutes. Time for discussion was not allotted, but questions possible. Three speakers were announced for the first plenary session.

The audience was still more than ready to listen to the first conference speakers. What I spontaneously remembered from the first plenary session was my presence there all the time. This gave me some feelings of regret, as I had hoped for more inspiration seeing the subject. So I took the opportunity for meditation on the theme. Only the contribution of Dr. Cader (Sri Lanka) was in my mind because of his ability to address the audience directly, to get into eye contact with the listeners, and to smile occasionally. Further I was able to reconstruct what had been said with the help of the abstract. According to Dr. Cader nonviolence is a weapon able to defeat even the strongest. But it has to be integrated in one’s own life on the base of honesty and truth. The concept of nonviolence can be found in all religions, and if everybody acts according to the concepts of the own religion, nonviolence will prevail.

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Dr.  Muzzammil Cader in his lecture

All of us would have liked to get more information on how Dr. Cader practices conflict resolution, but due to the tight schedule there was no deepening of the themes intended, neither time for exchanging thoughts. So tea beak was accompanied with the impression that we would have to make use of our ears a lot and to train ourselves in sitting for quite a long time.

During the second plenary session of this afternoon unexpectedly the highlights of the day came up. Dr. Ben-Eli, New York, talked on “Poverty, Environment and Eco-Sustainability of the Future”. In his lecture he reflected upon the universal function of design developed by him in his Sustainability Lab as base of the five core principles as framework for sustainability: the material domain as base of regulation for material and energy flow, the economic domain as guiding principle of definition, creation and managing of wealth, the domain of life for providing the background for adequate behavior in the biosphere, the social domain as background for social interaction and the spiritual domain as identification base for development of a value based universal ethical code corresponding with behaviour. The question why these principles are necessary is answered by Dr. Ben-Eli: If you want to fly, and construct a flying machine to do so, you need to understand the principles of Aerodynamics. If you want to establish sustainability as a state, it too, needs to be based on basic, underlying principles.

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Dr. Michael Ben-Eli

Consequential these reflections were followed by the lecture of Dr. Saifer from the U.S., now teaching in South Korea, on the Green Self. Based on the accomplishments of C.G. Jung he developed the “green” archetype and his shadow. There is a relation between experiencing alienation activated by the conditional impulse to overconsumption and the process of individuation. In the light of the present ecologic crisis this awareness provides a deep understanding of the inner causes, which have led to our highly destructive and unsustainable form of global economics.

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Dr. Jonah Saifer

In the evening the plenary sessions were followed by workshops. Three of them were offered at the same time. On this first evening there were three complexes of subjects: Religious, psycho-biological perspectives on forgiveness, Workshop for children on peace training, Heal ourselves, heal the world, cultural youth exchange as vehicle for peace. We decided to participate in the workshop on forgiveness, essential for leading a peaceful life.

Dr. Suneet Verma, Delhi University, spoke on psycho-biological research on forgiveness. He introduced his audience to the topic by his philosophical reflections on the process of forgiving and its impact on the person practicing it and on her environment. He described the act of forgiving as a process of neither blocking out, nor apologising the slight. It replaces negative emotions released by the slight by positive emotions, thoughts and behavior and at the same time negative judging of the person who gave offense is stopped. Some people are more ready to forgive than others, but in any case forgiving is possible for everybody.

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Samani Charitra Pragya, vice-chancellor of JVBU Ladnun, added aspects of forgiving related to what we are thinking of ourselves and others in view of the present ecological crisis. She proposed that in the name of the people of the earth everybody may take the responsibility for each other and to act environmentally sustainable with regard to Mother Nature. Therefore every individual should try to practice as much Ahimsa as possible in daily life. She referred to the Jain practice of regularly purifying emotions by meditation and recitation of mantras as very effective methods..

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Samani Charitra Pragya

When all met again for dinner, everyone had the impression of a fulfilled day. Small talks were exchanged, and all agreed that the meal was really delicious.

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F. l.: Dr. Thomas Daffern, Graham Peebles, Carla Geerdes, Dr. Muzzammil Cader, Dr. Jonah Saifer, Dr. Deborah Cohen (mit dem Rücken zur Kamera)

PROGRAMME: SUNDAY, 5th January, 2014

14.30 Hrs - 16.00 Hrs 

FIRST PLENARY SESSION 

M. S. (Main Hall) 


THEME: 

Nonviolence - Perception, Practice and Concept 

CHAIR: 

Prof. Dayanand Bhargava (India) 

SPEAKERS:

  1. Dr. Akash Ouchi (Japan)
  2. Dr. Katsuya Kodama (Japan) 
  3. Dr. Muzzammil Cader (Sri Lanka) 

16.00 Hrs - 16.30 Hrs 

TEA BREAK 

 

16.30 Hrs - 18.00 Hrs 

SECOND PLENARY SESSION 

M. S. (Main Hall) 


THEME: 

Poverty, Environment and Eco-Sustainability of the Future 

CHAIR: 

Prof. Ashok Bapna (India) 

SPEAKERS:

  1. Mr. Michael Ben Eli (UK) 
  2. Mr. Jonah R. Saifer (South Korea)


Details:

 

 

Dr. Akash Ouchi

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Dr. Akash Keiji Ouchi is an Indian national hailing from Japan. Since 1975, he has been a part of the Indian community. He did his Bachelor of Architecture from Musashi Institute of Technology, Japan, and completed Master of Rural and Urban Planning from Roorkee University, UP. Later in 1982 he did his PhD from Jawaharl Lal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is the South Asia representative of Soka Gakkai International and is engaged in the cultural and educational exchange between Japan and India. He is vice-chairperson of Bharat Soka Gakkai and is promoting Gandhian values through the method of “Human Revolution”.

 

 

Prof. Dr. Katsuya Kodama

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Former Secretary General of International Peace Research Association; Professor in Peace Research and Sociology, Vice-President, Mie University. Kodama Katsuya was born in Hiroshima in 1959, as the son of the survivor of Hiroshima. His research was on the life history of ‘Atomic Orphans’ in Hiroshima. In his youth. He had been actively involved in the non-violent peace movement in Hiroshima as a leader of the youth. He studied on non-violent peace movements at Lund university, Sweden, and received his PhD in 1990. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1992 and further promoted to Professor in 2004. He is Vice-President of Mie University since 2011. His research theme widely includes; non-violent peace activism, study on Survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, refugee issues, foreign workers, peace-building. He has been proposing “Hiroshima-Nagasaki Process” to abolish nuclear weapons by the power of world citizens. The proposal has been repeatedly advocated and now is becoming a world-wide movement. He is an activist and advocator of non-violent movement for world peace. He is now creating new type of media called UBrainTV. With UBrainTV, new networks of academics, big business, international organizations, civil organizations, banks, etc. are being created.

 

 

Dr. Muzzammil Cader

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Al Haj Muhammed Muzzammil Cader studied Law in Sri Lanka and holds a diploma for studies in Human Relation and International Development at the Canada World University. His doctorate is from the Global University in California related to his studies in the field of Social Development in the USA. He is Head of the Department (Human Rights) - South Asian Academy for Good Governance and is Secretary General of the People’s Assembly of Sri Lanka. Also he performed studies in Non-violence at the Institute of Total Revolution in Gujarat, headed by Narayan Deshai. He has been awarded the title of Desha keerthi (meaning ‘bringing honour to the national’) and other titles of honor in Sri Lanka. Currently he is leading an organisation called Samadana/m (Centre for Promoting Nonviolence, Conflict Resolution and Handling, Peace Building and Human Rights). Samadana/m works to form nonviolent societies all over the country.

First Plenary Session:

Nonviolence, Perception, Practice and Concept

 

Nonviolence is a powerful force. It is more than absence of violence. It is about a lifestyle that makes human live as humans. People perceive nonviolence as passive but it is the weapon that could defeat the strongest. Nonviolence needs to be part of life and practiced. Truth and honesty need to be practiced in full for nonviolence to work. The concept of nonviolence finds its origin in all religions and if one properly follows the teachings of his or her own religion, there is no doubt that nonviolence will predominate.

Workshop:

Interfaith Insights, Interreligious Understanding and Cooperation for a Non Violent Future

 

All religions teach Nonviolence and this is what is seen as common to all religions. It is therefore important for us to look at all religions from a nonviolence perspective. This will lead all of us without any doubt towards good understanding between all religions and faiths. This understanding if properly facilitated will pave the way for cooperation between religions and bring to surface the teachings of nonviolence in all religions. The end result of this would be to lay the foundation for a strong nonviolent future based on interfaith solidarity.

Workshop:

Models of Peaceful Co-Existence and the Vision of a Healthy Society

 

Peaceful co-existence is needed between people of different faiths, ethnic groups, races, classes and any different categories of people in the society. The ideal way to develop peaceful co-existence is to start at the grass-root level with ordinary people. We should organize community based groups that would practice and promote a nonviolent way of living. This should include nonviolent practices, economy, environmental concerns, rights and justice, truth and honesty and handling conflicts at the community level to ensure a win–win solution.

 

 

Dr. Michael Ben-Eli

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Dr. Michael Ben-Eli is founder of the Sustainability Laboratory, established in order to develop and demonstrate breakthrough approaches to sustainability practices, expanding prospects and producing positive, life affirming impacts on people and ecosystems in all parts of the world.

Presentation:

Sustainability by Design

 

Reflections on the cosmic function of “design” and the potentially anti-entropic role of humans will be followed by a review of the five core sustainability principles, a new framework developed by the Sustainability Laboratory. This framework includes a rigorous definition of sustainability and it provides an essential road map for the development of model sustainability practices. The principles are expressed in relation to five domains: the Material domain, which constitutes the basis for regulating the flow of materials and energy that underlie existence; the Economic domain, which provides a guiding framework for defining, creating and managing wealth; the domain of Life, which provides the basis for appropriate behavior in the biosphere; the Social domain, which provides the basis for social interactions; and the Spiritual domain, which identifies the necessary attitudinal value orientation and provides the basis for a universal code of ethics, ultimately cohering the whole.

Workshop:

Project Wadi Attir: Sustainability Principles at Work in the Negev Desert

 

Project Wadi Attir is a groundbreaking initiative of the Bedouin community in the Negev, for establishing a model sustainable agricultural operation. The project was initiated by The Sustainability Laboratory, a US-based non-profit, and the Hura Municipal Council, the governing body of a local Bedouin township. Designed to leverage Bedouin traditional values, aspirations, know-how and experience with modern-day science and cutting edge technologies, Project Wadi Attir showcases implementation of holistic sustainability principles developed by The Lab. It demonstrates an approach to sustainable development in an arid environment, valid and replicable locally as well as in other similar regions around the world. The core of the project includes an organic farming enterprise involving animal husbandry and the production of dairy products; cultivation of medicinal plants and the development of a related line of health products; and the reintroduction of nutritious, indigenous vegetables to common use. At its heart, the project will include a visitor, training and education center, with a focus on ecology, sustainability innovation and entrepreneurship. The project site will be supported by an integrated infrastructure of green technologies including a soil enhancement program; solar energy and bio-gas production; the production of compost from organic waste; advanced irrigation management; and waste water treatment and recycling.

 

 

Mr. Jonah R. Saifer

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Jonah holds a Masters Degree in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is currently an assistant professor of English, Philosophy, and Global Religions at Daegu University in South Korea. His hobbies include traveling, hiking in the mountains, cooking, and composing songs.

Presentation:

The Process of Psychological Growth and Evolution

 

The purpose of this paper is to examine the process of psychological growth and evolution - what C.G. Jung called individuation - in the light of current ecological crises. First, this paper will focus on the relationship between ecological crises and experiences of alienation in the modern world. Next, the ‘Green’ Archetype in mythology, theology, and alchemy will be related to Jungian ideas of shadow integration - the struggle with one’s dark side; the coming to awareness of the inner, personified component of the psyche - what Jung called the anima and animus; and the process of fully becoming oneself - individuation. In the final sections, experiences of heightened spiritual awareness in nature and contact with deeper dimensions of the Self will be correlated to possibilities for healing the earth.
This paper will primarily use a Jungian lens to present a vision of individuation, the development of personality, in the light of eco-psychology, philosophy, and comparative theology.

Keywords: individuation, earth, sustainability, identification, crisis, consciousness.

 

 

Dr. Suneet Verma

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Suneet Varma, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Delhi, Delhi (India). His early work was in the area of Theoretical Psychology/Philosophy of Psychology. His more recent work focuses on Indian perspectives on Psychology - e.g. Yoga Psychology, Sufism, Buddhist Psychology, and their links with Sri Aurobindo's Integral Psychology. Dr. Varma’s current work deals with spirituality and healing.

Presentation:

Psycho-Biological Research on Forgiveness

 

When you forgive someone, you make the choice to give up your desire for revenge and feelings of resentment. You also stop judging the person who caused you the hurt. Instead of revenge, resentment, and judgment, you show generosity, compassion, and kindness. In forgiveness, you don’t forget that the offense occurred nor do you excuse it. You substitute your negative with positive feelings, thoughts, and behavior. Some people are naturally forgiving, both toward others and themselves. It’s easier for them to respond to any specific act of the person who’s committed the offense. Those who don’t have this ability may find it more difficult to grant forgiveness when they’ve hurt or harmed, but it is possible for them to do so, depending on the situation. Recent research on the health benefits of forgiveness shows that people who can make this mental shift may benefit in ways they didn’t anticipate—namely, by living longer. In general, studies show that people who forgive are happier and healthier than those who hold resentments. One study has shown that the positive benefit of forgiveness is similar whether it was based upon religious or secular counseling as opposed to a control group that received no forgiveness counseling.

 

 


 

18.15 Hrs - 19.45 Hrs 

WORKSHOPS 

 

Workshop-1 : 

Presenters: 

Subject : Religious, Psycho-Biological and Social Perspectives on Forgiveness 

  1. Introductory Remarks: Viney Jain, JVBI, Ladnun 
  2. Psycho-Biological Research on Forgiveness: Suneet Verma, DU, Delhi 
  3. Role of Forgiveness in International Relations and Peace: Samani Charitra Pragya, JVBI, Ladnun 
  4. Concept and Practice of Forgiveness in Religious and Cultural Traditions: M D Thomas, New Delhi 
  5. Forgiveness for Social Harmony, Family Welfare and Mental Health: Madhu Jain, Jaipur 

Lecture Room  
(Basement) 

Workshop-2

Presenters: 

Subject : Workshop for Children (Children's Peace Train) 

  1. Dr. Deborah Elizabeth Cohen 
  2. Mr. Jonah R. Saifer 

Lecture Room  
(Basement) 

Workshop-3 :

Presenters: 



Presenters: 

Subject : Healing Ourselves; Healing the World; Youth Cultural Exchange as a Vehicle for Peace 

  • Ms. Susan Seats 

Subject: A beautiful floating island in the universe. 

  1. Mrs.Pamella Pasqualina Geagan
  2. Mr. Maurizio Fabbri Iitaly) 

Lecture Room  
(Basement) 

 

 

 

20.00 Hrs - 21.00 Hrs 

Dinner 

 

 


 

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