For the whole story about my experiences in the Hopi land in 1976-77, why I went there and how those experiences set the course of my life since then, see:
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Land and Life -- The Traditional Viewpoint from the Hopi Nation
Issue number 10 --- January-February 1977
East and West, Shall They Ever Meet?
About two years ago, in September 1974, his Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa of the Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism, arrived in America bringing the Spiritual Message which he embodies.
Since his arrival, his Holiness has been touring the United States, performing what is known as "the Black Hat Ceremony," a Sacred Ritual in which, as the embodiment of AVALOKITESVARA ("the Pure Spirit of Compassion"), he Blesses "all Sentient Beings" and offers them "Refuge."
"Taking Refuge" means accepting "Initiation" into the practice of "Devotion" or dedicating one's self completely to Benefit "all Sentient Beings." The participants are asked to "let go" of "attachments" to ideas or objects which affirm our sense of "personal existence" for the purpose of "personal profits," material or spiritual gains, in this World or Beyond.
Bringing this message of Universal Peace, he arrived to the Sacred Spiritual Center of this Western Hemisphere, "the heart of the world," Hopiland. It rained. So, nature seemed to welcome this Holy Man from Tibet.
Due to his visit to the "Cultural Center," where he was welcomed by 'local chiefs' or 'Tribal Council Members', his Holiness was kept from visiting the Traditional Religious leaders of the hopi People. However, recently, on behalf of the Tibetan visitors, Gomang Khem Rinpoche met with the Traditional Hopi Religious Leaders in the KIVA, where they exchanged Symbols and Language. Similarities were evident.
From East and West, voices expressed Messages of Peace and Well Being to all "Sentient Beings," or as Hopi say, "the Great Spirit said not to take from the Earth, not to destroy Living Things. The Great Spirit said that Man was to live in Harmony and to maintain a Good Clean Land for all Children to come, the future generations. The Land is our Mother, a Living Person who produces Food and gives Birth to other Living Things. You cannot deny anyone from sharing it. We pray for all Living Things to go on. You should not divide others or ourselves. All Living Things go together."
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Techqua Ikachi, "land and life" is published in the traditional village of Hotevilla in the Hopi Independent Nation. It represents the viewpoint of the village leaders, including David Monongye, Jack Pongyayesva, Paul Sewamanewa, Dan Evehanema, Amos Howesa, and Lewis Naha. Articles from other villages and indigenous nations throughout the continent and the world will gladly be considered. Questions and comments are welcome.
The shield symbol means: "Together with all nations we protect both land and life, and hold the world in balance."
[Hopi symbol shown, the quadrisected circle with a circle in each quadrant, the shield of the War Leader Kachina]
This publication is made possible through voluntary contributions. There is no regular subscription rate. Contributions and requests for future issues may be sent to Techqua Ikachi, Box 174, Hotevilla, Arizona, 86030
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About His Holiness Karmapa of Tibetan Buddhism
Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, Inc.
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Japanese Buddhist leader Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji speaks about the 21st Century Nuclear Age Buddhist Peace Prophecy of the Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo, in an evening with Hopi Grandfather David Monongye, June 1982
Thomas Banyacya Memorial Hopi Networking Group
Nipponzan Myohoji, Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji
Hopi Star Project is for construction of 100 World Peace of Mind Centers around the globe and conducting various events and walks for global peace now. Join with others to network for this project's success, at:
Thomas Banyacya and the Hopi Declaration of Peace
September 1977 Hopi Star Project Brochure, 4sheets, 16pp, Paradise Psibernetics reports, schedules, summary of 1976-77 Hopi prophecy fulfillment observances, key background info
David Monongye lived to over 100 years of age and came to the 1977 Rainbow Gathering when he delivered the Hopi Message and Blessing for Peace to the July 4th Rainbow Family Tribal Council Circle. He was one of the traditional elders and religious leaders of the traditional Hopi Independent Nation's village of Hotevilla formed 100 years ago in September of 1906 when the founders migrated from Old Oraibi Village feeling their traditional way of life was being threatened there by modernization and corruption of traditional Hopi ways. Monongye was one of the elders who together with outside help published many issues of a traditional Hopi newspaper called Techqua Ikachi (Land and Life) that is online now for the historical record with the traditional religious leaders' messages and position statements, at:
United Nations Second Special Session on Disarmament 1978 Guruji Fujii's Longest Walk Messages, published July 15, 1978, To the Chiefs of the Six Nations, to The Hopi Kikmongwis, Letter Addressed to Mr. Dennis Banks, address By Dennis Banks, Hopi Misunderstanding Fruitfully Resolved, Longest Walk General Meeting
Pilgrimage, TV Series: Tools for Utopian Activist From Disney to Discovision Who is this man and why is he saying these things? Santa Barbara News and Review, Thursday, January 4, 1979
1982 Flyer text, proposing 1983 Return to Tukunavi, The Great Planetary Peace Pilgrimage, April 4, 1983 to May 17, 1983, A World Peace March, from Santa Barbara, California, to the Black Mesa, Arizona; For the direct cause of true peace, harmony among all life, and free natural abundance as paradise on Earth: The Tetronic Age Begins