Harmony with Dieter Schugt
Dieter Schugt is the mayor of The Peace Arch City. He and his wife Barbara are co-directors of the Sawan Kirpal Meditation Center located on ten acres near Birch Bay. The Center now has several houses and a beautiful pond for retreat participants sharing time with our local meditation advocates. Dieter moved here looking to make major personal changes after many years traveling the globe. His last major destination was Saudi Arabia where he experienced first hand vast differences from our culture. Dieter and Barbara have become outspoken world peace champions.
Dieter's family is German and he grew up attending a Presbyterian church. He enrolled in college at Berkeley during the 50's with Norman Cousins as one of his mentors. Over the years he has learned to listen to God while practicing his meditation. The conversations with God have become more meaningful lately since Dieter has learned he has terminal leukemia and is not expected to live past this summer. His chosen treatment has been to only have transfusions to help him feel better. Each of us can infuse our mayor with a sense of hope with our loving prayerful thoughts.
When we reach out and embrace our neighbors we see pictures that enhance everyday life in our own international community.