What is a Peace Mala?
A Peace Mala is a symbolic double rainbow bracelet that promotes friendship, respect, and peace between people of all cultures, lifestyles, faiths, beliefs, and none.
Peace Mala focuses on the Golden Rule: "Treat others as you would wish them to treat you". Its intention is to educate and remind everyone that this rule is recognised by many scholars, teachers and philosophers.
Each coloured bead represents a spiritual path.
The central bead represents the wearer who may or may not have a spiritual path. The central bead also represents the whole cosmos, emphasising the interconnectedness of everyone and everything.
Running through the Peace Mala is a simple thread which holds all the rainbow beads together. This may be called the Golden Thread of Spirituality which connects us all through the love in our hearts - acknowledging the Golden Rule and our spiritual unity opens up the pathway to peace.
The first and final knots holding the double rainbow together embody lessons about empowerment and responsibility. The final ‘toggle’ bead represents unity, harmony and peace.
Peace Mala cuts through every type of prejudice and celebrates what makes us different from each other. Wearing a Peace Mala is a promise to help create a more compassionate world.
Using Peace Mala Educationally
- Education for global citizenship through the promotion of understanding, respect, friendship and peace between all communities, cultures and enlightened compassionate faiths.
- Supporting human rights, tackling bullying and all forms of prejudice.
- Raising awareness of issues of global interdependence and encouraging active compassion by learners that will lead to positive changes locally and globally.
Peace Mala encourages everyone to learn that diversity is to be celebrated and without fear. Bridges of peace can be built between faith communities and diverse cultures when people are prepared to listen to each other. Our world will be a better place when we learn to keep the Golden Rule that all faiths and spiritual paths share.
The importance of making a Peace Mala from a kit
Part of the process of discovering the vision and message of the Peace Mala is the actual task of making it and then wearing it. As the Peace Mala bracelet is made with the tying of the first and final knot, and the threading of 16 symbolic beads, one discovers, learns and remembers. The final single clear bead is used as a oggel to bring the Peace Mala around the wearer's wrist. This represents Unity, Harmony and Peace.
For children, the bracelet and its coloured beads appeal in a visual and tactile way. This is especially important for children who may have learning difficulties, but it is equally important for children and adults of all abilities.
All of our Peace Mala kits and bracelets are handmade. The beads we use are High Quality Preciosa Czech glass. No other materials are used for our beads. The design of the Peace Mala bracelet is copyright, and has been in use since its conception in the aftermath of 9/11 in November 2001.
After receiving the Prince’s Trust Millennium Award, the Peace Mala project was officially launched to the world with Archbishop Rowan Williams at the UNA Temple of Peace Cardiff in November 2002.
Peace Mala Accreditation
Peace Mala is totally inclusive in its approach. With Peace Mala Accreditation everyone is encouraged to engage in exciting activities which remind us that we are all inter-connected and need each other.
It is important for young people to learn that the diversity of the human race should be celebrated and not feared.
More information about our accreditation process is available here or from the Accreditation section in the navigation menu at the top of the page.
Making and wearing the Peace Mala will give youngsters an opportunity to take part in this wonderful project for world peace.
It will also introduce young people to our plural community of diverse cultures and faiths.
Young people can learn that communities filled with colour and difference, make life more interesting and exciting.
Information on how to purchase our educational materials is available here or from the Accreditation section in the navigation menu at the top of the page.
Help our Symbolic Doves of Peace Travel the World
Please consider becoming a sponsor and guardian of one of our fourteen little symbolic doves of peace.
As our doves travel the world, we hope that those who receive them will raise awareness of the work of Peace Mala with schools, youth groups and community groups in their area and with people they meet. Schools and groups who engage with our project for world peace can become Peace Mala Accredited and join our growing global community. The travels of our doves are being tracked on our interactive world map. Photos of our doves 'in situ' are being posted by supporters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Your financial support and friendship will also help the future of our charity become more financially secure into the future.
Let us all be instruments of Peace, Hope and Healing. Together we can make a difference.
Learn about this wonderful project here or from the Awareness Raising section in the navigation menu at the top of the page.
Founder of the Award Winning Peace Mala project for World Peace
Pam Evans MBE is the founder of the Peace Mala. She is an honours graduate of the University of Wales and is an experienced teacher of World Faiths. Pam worked for over twenty years as Head of Department of Religious Studies in a Carmarthenshire school in West Wales.
Pam is committed to inter-faith dialogue for peace. She sees this as a vital process in the current world climate of fear and misunderstanding. Her creation of the Peace Mala was certainly born out of the 9/11 disaster but was also influenced by personal experience and witness of intolerance and prejudice.
In 2019, Pam received the MBE from Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II for services to the promotion of peace and interfaith understanding.
An interview with the founder of Peace Mala
This interview was recorded by Fr Tim Ardouin (Archbishop of Wales Officer for Interfaith Dialogue) in the Peace Garden at Peace Mala HQ in Morriston, on a windy Autumn morning in October 2017.
Pam Evans, leader and founder of Peace Mala, speaks from the heart about the struggle for peace and the calling to all humanity, whatever faith or non faith a person feels affiliated to, to walk the earth with respect for one another and with gentleness, compassion, kindness and love. Love is what the cosmos is about and all authentic faith meets and transmits this. Organized religion must remember this and teach it. The calling of faith communities is to bring people to experience what is Real.
Peace Mala is a world-wide organization and it has been endorsed by Archbishops, the Dalai Lama, Pope Francis and many more.
Peace Mala is a non-political organisation. We do not support any party, movement or belief system over any other. Our aim is to contribute to education for global citizenship, by promoting respect, understanding and peace between communities, cultures and enlightened compassionate faiths.
Peace Mala supports Human Rights, confronts bullying and all forms of prejudice. Our compassionate wish is for people, animals and the environment to be at peace.
Anyone may wear a Peace Mala. If members of political parties, religious groups or peace movements choose to wear Peace Mala bracelets, this does not mean that Peace Mala endorses their cause. Peace Mala stands for total compassion for all without exception, and does not take sides with anyone against anyone else.