Saturday, March 22, 2014

Buddhist Festival in the Park

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Schedule Item
What needs doing
March 23
2 pm to 4 pm
Planning meeting.
Sckavone’s Restaurant
4100 SE Division St
Find the theme. We also want to get started on activitiesrelated to theme, possiblespeakers, etc. Also,fundraising and vendors.Committees formed such as for children’s activities. 
April 27
Time To Be Determined
Planning MeetingLocation TBD
Schedule solidified, reports from committees and on funds. Begin assigning volunteers to positions and loaners of equipment.
(May 15)
Paperwork and fees due to the City of Portland for the park rental.
It has been signed by fire, police, and health departments, and turned in and paid. Permit fees $1030. Total costs will be about $1800. We have almost $500 carried over from last year.
June 1
Planning Meeting
Location TBD
Volunteer roles are assigned. Equipment to be borrowed are assigned.
June 14
Festival in the Park
Colonel Summers Park
People learn about and celebrate Buddhism.
?June 29
Debrief Meeting
?Thai BBQ
Share kudos and improvements, sign thank you cards, celebrate.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Peace Vigil on the Bridges

From Living Earth:

In 2005, Living Earth sponsored a peace vigil on Portland’s bridges. More than 2,000 people responded in a moving display of a community commitment to peace.
For this Sept. 11 vigil, we have only a few days to get the word out. Please help! As the president beats the drums for war, let’s gather on the bridge for peace.
Wednesday, September 11
6 pm until twilight

Hawthorne Bridge (or any bridge)
North or south, east, west, or middle.

Bring a candle. Bring a sign. 
Bring a friend. Bring your heart.
Come stand for truth, for a world where wisdom, dignity, justice, and peace are prevailing values.  Where children, families, elders, and the planet are cherished and cared for. Where war, aggression, and oppression are memories of a dark bygone age.
However terrible conditions in Syria may be at the moment, this call to war is cynical. The deplorable use of chemical weapons there is unfortunately not an anomaly. The US itself has used similar weapons of mass destruction with devastating effects on civilian populations – specifically, chemical agents in Vietnam and depleted uranium in Iraq. We are on the wrong side of the “bright red line” ourselves.
Nothing about an aerial assault on Damascus will ease the terror, anguish, suffering and dying in Syria. The fierce instability there ensures that, even if our motives and record were pristine, at best a US attack would inconvenience and incense the Assad regime. At worst, it would produce countless innocent victims and turn even more of the world against us.
War is war is war, and pretending to a high moral position cannot change that.  This is not Europe in 1938 and we must find a strong, effective, and constructive way to respond to the misery in Syria.
Please join us Wednesday evening to bear witness to our own dignity and sanity, and to bear witness to compassion, justice, and peace.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Work That Reconnects

Tuesday, August 6
5:30 to 7:30 pm
Workshop on Active Hope

The Work That Reconnects (WTR) is a practice in four movements: Gratitude, Sharing our Deep Feelings, Seeing with New Eyes, and Going Forth. WTR was founded by Joanna Macy a Buddhist eco-philosopher, and author of: Coming Back to Life (with Molly Young Brown) and Active Hope (with Chris Johnstone), and additional titles. More information can be found at and Work That Reconnects.

From Head, Heart, Hands, Spirit

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Buddhist Festival Debrief Meeting

Enjoyed the festival? Have feedback, ideas? Join us for a debrief meeting and signing of thank you cards.

Sunday, June 30
1 pm