Saturday, June 28, 2008

Buddhas on Bikes

Buddhas On Bikes
a PedalPalooza event
Saturday, June 28
10 am to 2 pm

On this beginner-friendly (for Buddhists and cyclists) ride, we'll learn why inner SE is called the "Buddhist Ghetto," and see what Willamette Week calls "Portland's Best Buddha."
We'll meet at Dharma Rain Zen Center, do a quick meet and greet, possibly with a short meditation. Then we'll do a pretty mellow ride visiting about a dozen local temples. (Which is only a hinting at the number of Buddhist groups in town, but also a do-able bike loop.)
Midway, we'll stop at Van Hanh Restaurant for wonderful vegan food served by Buddhist nuns. Ideally, we should end up at the Multnomah County Bike Fair at Col. Summers park (not far from Dharma Rain) shortly after the fair begins at 2pm or so.
Here is a map of the ride. (This is a work in progress, it may be not all the stops will occur.)
  • A: Dharma Rain Zen Center
  • C: Chua Linh Son
  • D: Van Hanh Restaurant
  • E: Bodhi Tree Center
  • F: Oregon Buddhist Temple
  • G: Portland Buddhist Priory
  • H: Mahasiddha Buddhist Center
  • I: Maitripa Institute
  • J: Portland Shambhala Center
  • K: Nichiren Buddhist Temple
  • L: Miao Fa Chan Temple
  • M: Colonel Summers Park, and MCBF
Bring $$ for lunch and optional donations.
This will be our BPF Portland Gathering for the month.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Gay Pride Parade

Portland Gay Pride Parade
Sunday, June 15
11 am
Parade route map found here.

The Portland Chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship will be marching in Portland's Gay Pride Parade this year. Many faith congregations join the parade, proudly displaying their welcome of all GBLTQs in their places of worship.
In 2007, the only Buddhist congregation represented was SGI-USA. BPF Portland would like to increase that number, so we are joining the parade. We invite any Buddhist communities to join us behind our banner, and any Buddhist or Buddhist-friendly individuals may join us as well.
Please bring your own hand-lettered signs with your Buddhist temple's names, or with Buddhist sayings such as
  • May all beings be happy.
  • Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is healed ~Buddha
  • The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe. ~Joanna Macy
  • To find a buddha, all you have to do is see your nature. Your nature is the buddha. ~Bodhidharma
Any who join us, please be aware of the parade rules.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

5th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park

Harmony in the Park

Saturday, June 7, 2008
12 pm to 4:30 pm

Children's Pavilion
spiritual science projects
cooperative contests
craft activities
meditative activities

chants/ mantras
daily practice

Teaching Pavilion
keynote speaker
panel discussion


Teaching Pavilion
  • 11 am: Food served to monastics
  • 12 noon: Opening Ceremony
  • 12:15 pm: Keynote speaker: Larry Christensen, Zen Center of Portland
  • 1 pm: Workshops: 1. meditation and chant by several Asian groups 2. chant by Oregon Buddhist Temple 3. starting a daily practice
  • 2 pm: Main Ceremony
  • 3 pm: Panel Discussion: Kyogen Carlson, Dharma Rain Zen Center; Jacqueline Mandell, Samden Ling; Rev. Gregory Gibbs, Oregon Buddhist Temple, Jampel Gyatsho (Clark Hansen), Portland Yeshe Nyingpo
  • 4 pm: Thai Association of Oregon: Thai Classical Dance
  • 4:30 pm: Closing Dedication

Children's Pavilion

  • 12:15 pm to 4:30 pm: Ongoing activities: rock polishing; story times; coloring; crafts
  • 12 noon: Opening Ceremony
  • 12:15 pm: Relay Races and Cooperative Contests
  • 1:00 pm: Workshops: Chanting "Om Mani Padme Hum" with Dion; meditation, chanting with Adhi; craft project
  • 2:00 pm: Main Ceremony
  • 3:00 pm: Spiritual Experiments
  • 4:00 pm: Thai dancers; Closing Ceremony

Participating Groups:

(most of these groups will have tables at the festival)
Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Portland (main sponsor)
Northwest Dharma Association
Portland Yeshe Nyingpo
Oregon Buddhist Temple
Maitripa Institute
Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition

Dharma Rain Zen Center
Awaken Portland
Mercy and Wisdom Healing Center
Zen Center of Portland
Samden Ling
Miao Fa Chan Temple
Kagyu Changchub Chuling
Nichiren Buddhist Temple of Portland
Zen Community of Oregon
Portland Dzogchen Practice Group
Diamond Way, Portland
NW Portland Ministries
Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka
Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
Skillful Meditation Project Portland


Food Court sponsored by BPF Portland

Donations of food, supplies, and labor by these establishments:

Thai Orchid, Chai Yo, Mai Thai, Lemon Leaf, Som Tum Thai, Sivalaya, PeemKaew Thai, Bangkok Palace, Rama Thai, Arawan, Thai Lotus, Aroy Thai, D&N , Authentic Thai Cuisine, Baan Thai, Vege Thai, Sawasdee Thai, Pok Pok, Appethaizing, E-San Thai, Nichiren Buddhist Temple

Buddhist Items

Samden Ling: Tibetan Rugs
Tibet A Gift: assortment, Tibetan prayer flags, imports
The Foundation Store: assortment, books, meditation and altar supplies
Miao Fa Chan Temple: assortment, books, altar supplies, imports
BPF Portland: assortment
The Monkey and the Rat: assortment, imports

Flier full page, color

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Buttons for Burma

Buttons for Burma
Sunday, June 1
2:00 to 4:30 pm
Belmont Library

Make buttons, bookmarks and other simple art or craft items for BPF to sell at the Buddhist Festival in the Park. Proceeds from these particular items will be given to aid organizations for Burmese cyclone victims.

Bring your favorite materials to make bookmarks, cards, or small artwork so BPF can sell these at the festival. While we are only allowed to sell items at the festival, and cannot accept donations, we are certainly willing to sell them at a high mark-up. ;-)

BPF will provide the materials to make buttons and small mirrors, but if you have an image you're fond of that is 2 1/4 inches in diameter (with 1/4 inch border) we can cut it and use it to make buttons. Lightweight paper only.