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Kardelen

"The questions in the program help me to think about myself, and how do I really behave. It is so easy for people to say “I think that I’m good”. But when I asked myself I started to analyze myself, I become more tolerant."

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Helen

"I mean even though I’m 33 and I should know how to act, there are just situations that you go through, like being abroad you deal with new people and new cultures. With the 42-day program it was good that they were repeating certain things, so one thing that was important was talking with nice speech, complimenting people, being polite. And that’s hard to do when you’re in a competitive environment in academics, or in a workplace, so it’s a good reminder."

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Yana

"I am very grateful that Peace Revolution is out there, that it gathers people together and offers them a chance to change their lives and to take their own journey."

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Tissione

"I liked the idea of being more conscious when you are cleaning and eating because usually I would just rush when I eat and clean and not do it properly."

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Maria Sonia

"This retreat is an amazing experience for me. It is interesting how people from different cultures, backgrounds, religions and beliefs can share and have the same objective which is to develop our inner peace here."

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Ewelina

"I think the retreat was one of the best experiences of my life, I really had a great time here and I really enjoyed the meditation but most importantly I think is the connection with other people. It was just amazing for me to meet all these people, from so many countries and we are all so different we all have different backgrounds, different cultures we have different languages but here we are kind of all the same and everyone was so kind and so warm and you could feel this joy this happiness all the time around you."

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Anca

"I think that ego takes a lot of space in our life and our relationships also; when you kind of reduce the space that the ego gets from your life, you can have a clearer mind, a stiller mind. Because all the thoughts, all the pressure that you had, that are flowing from your ego, are no longer there."

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Natália

"I have this feeling of a very white soft space that I am in, like clouds, making me feel very light and even though I am focused and centered at the same time I am so comfortable over there that I can only see light and brightness in that place."

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Mwenya

"When we were cleaning the leaves from the path for me that was very relevant because , you’re faced with challenges in life. The first thing you do is you look at the problems, you look at that road and you just see those leaves, and what was very interesting for me, is if you focus too far ahead, I think you get too overwhelmed. But if you just focus on what you are doing to clean it up, one at a time and you look back and you can see how much you have done. So, for me in terms of the way I approach life, I think I get overwhelmed about what I have to do, hence the stress, but I think my biggest lesson is if you just do what you have to, over time you will see the results"

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Carmen

My experience of being volunteer at Peace Revolution was absolutely awesome: I grew a lot as a person, I understood and learned more about myself and about the sense of life in those two months living in Thailand, than in four years traveling and living in some European countries. In Peace Revolution, I met wonderful people who will be always in my heart. I learned about Buddhist philosophy that changed my life positively and above all, I learned how to meditate, to centered and control my mind. My job was to make promotion (both virtually and on live) for the events of Peace Revolution and Dhammakaya Foundation; also I taught Spanish to the staff. It was a unique experience in my life, that at some other point I would like to repeat it, because it really was well and worth it.

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Jazgul

"There are lots of benefits: one of them taught me to enjoy the present because at that moment I was experiencing a fast life-style and I was very concentrated on my future."

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Jose Ignacio

"I felt the whole world inside me, embracing every person in my center"

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Magda

"It was really nice to do it with my friends you know in an environment that was very nice in a way that you can feel your energy of all those people who close their eyes and decide to go deeper into themselves but you are still together."

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Behaylu

"I got a lot of things like basic meditation skills, self-development and discipline in myself. Especially the five acts of discipline which potentially transformed my life. Before I had no time for myself, I didn't meditate but when I started the 42 day self-development program I started to give myself at least 30 min a day for myself, my interaction with people has developed and I now have smooth interactions with people."

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Elina

"One good thing for me was to learning about the importance to honour my parents – I love them, but sometimes I don’t respect them as much as I should. It was good to remind myself to honour them whatever they are, no matter if sometimes they have different thinking to mine."

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Joana Andreia

"First of all I´m much calmer, that is, I can, when I´m stressed I can stop, close my eyes for one or two minutes, center my mind and just breath in and breath out and I just can stay calm, for me that is already a great goal that I´ve achieved. Yes, I think that I think more about everything that I do, I´m more mindful, about what I eat, about how I spend my time, now I think that I really was spending much time with useless things probably because I think I have more time now, even back home in these last few weeks I could manage my time much better."

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Lorena

"I realized that by living a simple and mindful life it allows you to enjoy more all the time. I am more confident with myself, I am more organized and I am more kind with other people and I smile more."

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Santosh

"Through PIPO, I have learned about inner peace, my actions, my habits slowly have been changing towards peaceful actions and I am sure that I can influence people around to act for a better future. If we do good, we'll be able to influence others, so we can create positive change."

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Suha

"Truly, I want everyone to have meditation, to close their eyes. Because when I tried meditation, inner peace and inner balance, I felt that I wanted to create an interest in the community and the people around me. Having meditation as a tool to achieve stillness, if you are able to comprehend it, it will make you see things differently."

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Lamrot

"I was feeling very content; more than happiness and it is growing everyday. One day I was giving love and kindness for one being and on that session I was on my island; I found someone from who I was expecting that he hurt me very much and I was able to forgive him in a very sincere way. I was not thinking about him and I was able to forgive him. It helped me very much to spread loving kindness that day and the experience was very amazing."