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Great Leap presents To All Relations '99 in response to the global call of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Join Nobuko Miyamoto and Great Leap in To All Relations, a day-long event that brings people of diverse communities together to create a sacred space for the purpose of inspiring peace, understanding and harmony as we welcome the new millennium. To All Relations is a translation of the Lakota sacred greeting, Mitakuye Oyasin a salutation to all living things.

This event, part of the World Festival of Sacred Music, takes place on Saturday, October 9, 1999 at Senshin Buddhist Temple, 1311 W. 37th Place, Los Angeles, from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. It kicks off nine days of festivities as part of a citywide celebration being organized by the World Festival of Sacred Music-the Americas.

Our day begins with a Sunrise Yoga Sadhana and Tai Chi. Mid-morning, there will be an "opening invocation" from a gathering of spiritual elders representing different religions, regions and cultures. Led by Wallace Black Elk of the Lakota Nation, Geshe Gyeltsen Rimpoche of Thubten Dahargye, the Rev. Masao Kodani of Senshin Buddhist Temple, and Krishna Kaur of Sikh Dharma, the topics will include the importance of sacred space and sacred music within their respective communities. See Morning Sadhana Photos.

"Creating Sacred Spaces" workshops for the entire family will invite people to participate in making the space for the evening's Sacred Music Circle as well as learning to create sacred space in their own lives. Creating Sacred Spaces Photos. Afternoon workshops include: Creating a sand mandala, painting "Peace Flags," discussions in Feng Shui, learning "The Healing Dance," taiko drumming, flower arranging, and many other ideas on creating our own sacred spaces. See Music and Dance Workshops.

Following dinner, the "Gathering of Spiritual Elders" will discuss the fruits of the day's work in creating sacred spaces and share their respective traditions to deepen understanding of the musical expressions that will follow.

The day culminates with the "Sacred Music Circle," a concert presenting performances by Wallace Black Elk with Sundance Drummers and Singers, Nedra Wheeler fusing jazz and Black spirituals; Sangay Bum, Tibetan musician; Haqqika Linda Bridges leading the Healing Dance; and singer Nobuko. This sacred music circle brings together the ancient and contemporary – to share their unique vibrations as well as explore the place of harmonic convergence.

Dedicate a day in your life to set the tone for the new millennium!

This project is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, Kaiser Permanente, the Aaroe Associates Charitable Foundation, Aihara Insurance Agency, California Bank and Trust, Hitachi Ltd., Grancell, Lebovitz, Stander, Marx and Barnes, Meissner Manufacturing Co., Inc.

This presentation is an official event of the World Festival of Sacred Music - the Americas, an intercultural, interfaith celebration, taking place in Southern California from October 9th to October 17th, 1999. For information call the festival hotline: (310) 208-2784 or visit the website at http://www.wfsm.org/americas.

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