Creating a Compassionate World : The Power Of ONE


Creating a Compassionate World: The Power of ONE

“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring…”  Dr. M. L. King Jr., 1967

What if WE already have all of the skills necessary to affect meaningful change in a world plagued by greed, hatred, homelessness, war, racism, sexism… ?

What if WE have the tools and resources to empower ourselves and the next generation, employ ourselves, and use the skills that are necessary to mobilize with a diversity of tactics… ?

…. Well, WE DO!


THIS is a call to action towards Creating a Compassionate World:

The Power of One

From September 12-14 Some of the most prominent engaged contemplatives in the West will be gathering in upstate New York and will facilitate discussion and activities around hunger, hatred, homelessness, war, racism, human trafficking….


With Leading Engaged Contemplatives :

Bhikkhu Bodhi ,Roshi Bernie Glassman,Father John Dear,Venerable Pannavati,Bhikkhu Pannadipa, and Venerable Ani Drubgyudma.

Each of these leaders has stood alone to be a voice for change but hearing them share their vision and passion this September will serve as a catalyst for many others to follow their own hearts.  This collaborative retreat will provide opportunities for meditation and deep reflection, dialogue, social engagement training, small group dynamics and networking as tools to encourage, deepen and define the practice of community engagement to take a stand for change.

Through micro-grant opportunities and a limited number of retreat scholarships, participants may set up displays of their current/proposed projects in each of the eight areas of concern identified by the grant committee: youth homelessness, education, social enterprise, human trafficking, peace and reconciliation, ecological sustainability, restorative justice and gender equality – to be awarded at the end of the conference. Our main grant/application  focus will be on those who want to actively engage in social solutions, but don’t know how to begin; socially conscious youth who want to inspire a nation; and passionate activists seeking the balancing qualities and mental ease of contemplative practice… 
Everyone who is interested in local and global social solutions however is encouraged to register to gain the skills in affecting compassionate change!


Friday afternoon and evening: 3-6pm – Checking in at the Garrison Institute
Venerable Dr. Pannavati Bhikkhuni explores how the contemplative life amplifies the activist’s capacity as a catalyst for change.
Participants set up displays of their current/proposed projects in each of the eight areas of spirit-guided socially invested activism focused on in the conference.

Saturday: Roshi Bernie Glassman on using compassionate listening in our activism, followed by small group council sessions to practice the art

Bhikkhu Bodhi on “Pacifists are Not Passive”

Venerable Pannavati Bhikkuni on “Inner Integrity – Knowing Oneself”

Father John Dear on “Overcoming Violence and Injustice with Non-violence”

John Steinbach leads an experience in skill-building using Open Space Technology for grassroots organizing

Venerable Ani Drubdgyuma on “How is Awake Mind Blessing the World Through You?”

Venerable Bhikkhu Pannadipa on “Being Like Water”

A lively concert and sing-along with the Bliss Hippie Band!

Sunday morning: Small group interaction opportunities with the presenters Presentation of mini-grants for participants’ special projects in each of the eight focal areas of the conference.

TO REGISTER contact the Garrison Institute.  Residential registration includes  meals and lodging from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. Saturday-only registration includes Saturday lunch and supper. See NY train schedule for transportation to Garrison, NY. The Institute is 1 mile from the station. Shuttle service is available from the Garrison Institute on weekdays only.

MINI-GRANT OPPORTUNITIES will be provided for selected planned or currently active projects presented by conference participants. Submission of the Interactive Grant Application  will be accepted through September 5, 2014. Questions may be directed to

FUNDING THE CONFERENCE – The Power of One conference is fully self-funded through registrations and donations received, including those provided through our IndieGoGo campaign.  Funds are managed by MyPlace, Inc.the social enterprise developed by Ven. Pannavati and Ven. Pannadipa to enable homeless and disadvantaged youth to build a future for themselves.

Retreat Scholorships- Thanks to the generous support coming through our Indie Go Go campaign we are able to fund four more retreat scholarships. If you cannot pay the full price we are offering the Saturday option at a discounted price of $100. Please send your hardship letter to

LIVE BROADCAST – We are offering a chance for you to see this event LIVE! For the full broadcast of our saturday event $50 can be used to cover expenses in travel, event space, and broadcasting costs. For single events on Saturday $15 per presentation is needed. For tickets to the live event visit

All proceeds donated through our IndieGoGo campaign or directly through this website indicating they are to be used for the Power of One Conference will be used to fund scholarships and mini-grants associated with the conference. All such donations are tax-deductible, as MyPlace, Inc. is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization.

If you cannot personally engage, please consider donating to support community projects.

Support Catalyzing Community Projects HERE – Indie Go Go
egister for this unique event HERE – The Garrison Institute
Tickets for the live broadcast – HERE

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