By Alexa Berlow
East West Books in Seattle hosted a global healing meditation and peace ceremony, “May the 4th Be With You.” The gathering was intended to introduce prayer and meditation methods from various cultural and spiritual traditions and practices, to cultivate personal and spiritual well-being, global peace, and healing.
The evening included a sound healing concert followed by a panel presentation of meditations and mantras from different cultural traditions represented in the Seattle area. Venerable Lama Kelsang Dukpa, representing Sakya Monastery, led the ‘Buddhist Compassion and Mantra Prayer,’ evoking the calm, even tone of concentration and emptiness inherent of the sacred phrase Om Mani Padme Hung.
Others in attendance included Murali Venkatrao, Ananda Center, Rabbi Ted Falcon, Bet Alef Meditation Synagogue, Imam Jamal Rahman, Interfaith Community Sanctuary, and Susan Dean, Underhill House. SoundStation performed the sound healing concert.
The event concluded with a candle offering and prayer for world peace. It was an evening filled with much peace, unity, and joy.