Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Declaration of Interdependence

13th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park

All are welcome, it's free!
June 4, 2016 CE
11 am to 4:30 pm
Portland, Oregon, United States of America
Earth, Milky Way Galaxy, the Universe

 We declare Interdependence in this moment and in all moments that have been and will be. 

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for peoples to remember no one is independent no matter the social and political ties which connect us one being to another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the interdependent and equal station through which the Laws of Nature and Karma entitle us to Awaken to our Essential Interdependent Nature, a decent respect for the opinions of all sentient beings requires that we should declare the causes which impel us to commit to and protect our Interdependence.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all beings share this physical realm and no one being could live and pursue liberty and happiness without many others, that all we each do has effects, and we must seek to hold ourselves and our governments accountable for those actions doing harm to each other and our land, air, and water. 

We recognize we share a collective history which has lacked wisdom and has done harm to our land, air, water, to ourselves and to each other, and to the flora and fauna upon which we depend to survive. That it is the Right of Peoples to speak Truth and effect change in their societies to reflect true Understanding and Compassion, such that their societies’ principles shall effect the opportunity for Safety and Happiness of all beings. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that sentient beings are more  disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. We recognize it is in our best interest and our responsibility to protect and nurture, without hatred, our whole earth habitat and all our relations. Current affairs propel us to speak and act frankly and non-violently to protect our Interdependence.

We Interdependent humans remind ourselves of our beginningless greed, anger, and delusion. We have appealed to our native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our interconnections. we want our governments to heed the voice of justice and of consanguinity.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the Earth, assembled at the Thirteenth Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park, do, in the Name, and by Authority of good People of Self-Reflection, solemnly publish and declare, that we are global citizens, and of Right ought to be Liberated and Interdependent. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of our inherent capability to Awaken, we pledge to each other to...

Our schedule will include a Dharma talk, discussion panel, workshops, and activities for children, as in previous years. Details TBD.

Friday, January 08, 2016

Engaged Buddhism: Opportunities

As an Engaged Buddhist concerned for social justice, what would you like to do in the coming year? Come brainstorm, hear some suggestions, and plan our next steps.

Facilitated by Jill Severson.

Saturday, January 23, 2016, 2 - 4 p.m.
Hollywood Library Meeting Room

If you Facebook, please sign up here:

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Streamers red and gold against a hot blue sky
beside dry evergreens in a world changing.
Thirteen fragile, strong bodies, young visionaries
hang off the bridge with faux-Gothic green arches
saying, “Save the Arctic,” saying we can stop this,
saying it is possible to change the course of one ship
with imagination, planning, hard work. If this is possible,
then what else may come? 

May they be safe. We bow in gratitude,
 hands in lotus position
over hearts full of admiration.  
Audacious, their belief in possibility. Stoic,
their friends’ endurance on the bridge.
We bow, we bow to them. 
We bow again and again. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Nipponzan Miyohoji Walks for Peace in Portland

Today! BPF of Portland provided the lunch for this group of marchers for peace and justice.

Thanks to Malcolm Chaddock and Sarah Hobbs, both of Veterans for Peace, for their kind and efficient organizing.

These two women had last seen each other in 1986, at a march organized by Nipponzan Miyohagi Buddhists. Today, one of them, on her way to work on her bicycle, spotted the other at the assembly spot, at the Japanese-American Plaza.

More pictures of the morning activity. There was also a convening at Peace Memorial Park at an AME Church in the NE, and a potluck dinner at Wilshire United Methodist Native American Fellowship, near Wilshire Park. Try 3917 NE Shaver at 6 p.m., and if you don't find the group, look in nearby Wilshire Park.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Photos from 2015 Buddhist Festival

More photos of the Buddhist Festival are here: Photos by Jan van Raay

Festival debrief meeting
Sunday, June 28, 2015
2 pm
3720 SE 34th Ave.

Please come if you have ideas or feedback about the festival!

We'll fill out thank you cards along with getting a start thinking about next year's festival. Enji would love to have someone apprentice with her as lead coordinator next year.