Our mission is to inspire inner peace and its expression in the world.

Ever since Kelly Thornton Smith opened the doors for the Center for Living Peace in  Orange County, CA in May 2010, the Center has been encouraging people in the local community to find their inner peace and purpose, discover their own gifts and talents, and share them with the world.

Sakyong picture Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche (left) who coined the term Living Peaceinspired Kelly’s direction.  The Sakyong first described this vision in 2006 when he presented the first Living Peace Award to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya in Colorado. He talked of a way of living that offers a deep transformation of our lives so that we are able to:

  1. be at peace with ourselves
  2. live in peace with each other
  3. dwell in peace with our world.

The Sakyong is the head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and is spiritual director of sakyong and dalai lamaShambhala, a borderless kingdom of meditation practitioners committed to realizing enlightenment and social harmony through daily life. This global community consists of over 150 meditation centers located in North America, South America, Europe and Asia rooted in the principles of courageous rulership based on wisdom and compassion.

The Sakyong is also the lineage holder of Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, which is dedicated to advancing contemplative education and applying that discipline to all aspects of education.

We believe that small acts can have a huge impact. Together we can make Good Happen and inspire a culture of Living Peace by valuing courage, compassion, creativity, and collaboration.

Our vision is to support and develop global citizens through:

  • Inner Work & Development
  • Effective Communication & Bridge Building
  • Safeguarding the Environment
  • Expression Through Arts, Business, Science & Culture

Living Peace

Thumbprints of Kelly Smith and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on the opening of the Center for Living Peace.

This holistic approach to living peace acknowledges that peace can be lived and experienced in all aspects of our daily lives. The work of uncovering peace is not just through conflict resolution and mediation – it is in the way we care for our environment, appreciate arts and culture, and in every word we speak and every action we take. 
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