Saturday, May 16, 2009

Touching the Earth

Touching the Earth
Buddhist Festival in the Park 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009
11 am to 4:30 pm

Children's Pavilion

spiritual science projects
cooperative contests
stories and drama
community craft project
meditative activities
drinks and snacks

chants/ mantras
daily practice

Teaching Pavilion
keynote speaker
panel discussion


(subject to change)

Teaching Pavilion

  • 11 am: Tabling by participating groups, food vendors, Buddhist goods vendors: available through the day
  • 12 noon: Opening Ceremony
  • 12:15 pm: Keynote speaker: Michael Conklin, Kagyu Changchub Chuling
  • 1 pm: Workshops
  • 2 pm: Singing of Dharma School songs
  • 3 pm: Panel Discussion: Jim Blumenthal, Maitripa Institute; David Kakumyo Lowe, Dharma Rain Zen Center; Jason Litts, Nichiren Shu Temple
  • 4 pm: Yasuko Fields, Koto Player, and friends
  • 4:20 pm: Closing Dedication

Children's Pavilion

  • 12:15 pm to 4:30 pm: Ongoing activities: story times; coloring; community craft project
  • 12 noon: Opening Ceremony
  • 2 pm: Singing of Dharma School Songs

Participating Groups:

(most of these groups will have tables at the festival)
Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Portland (main sponsor)
Portland Yeshe Nyingpo
Oregon Buddhist Temple
Maitripa Institute
Dharma Rain Zen Center
Mercy and Wisdom Healing Center
Zen Center of Portland
Portland Insight Meditation Community
Kagyu Changchub Chuling
Nichiren Buddhist Temple of Portland
Diamond Way, Portland
NW Portland Ministries
NW Vipassana Association as taught by S.N. Goenka
Zen Community of Oregon


Tibet A Gift: assortment, Tibetan prayer flags, imports
BPF Portland: assortment, festival keepsake metal water bottles, personalized Ensos by Enji; tickets for raffle prizes
Nakayama Butsudans: Butsudan products such as Prayer Beads, Candles, Kyo Tables, Japanese Bells, Buddhist Gongs, Omamori Cases and much more

Food Vendors

Vegi Dog
: all vegan hot dogs and sausages made by Turtle Island Foods (Hood River) with local and organic fixin's
Todbott's Triangles: Rice Balls, vegan and salmon
Sol Pops (find Sol Pops on Facebook)

About the Theme: Touching the Earth

The green movement and Buddhist teachings go very well together. It is said when Shakyamuni sat under the Bodhi Tree, and Mara, the great distracter, questioned his right to be there and to find enlightenment, that Shakyamuni touched the earth, and the earth was his witness. For centuries, Buddhist monastics have vowed to live simply on what is given them. Buddhism teaches that we are all connected, and as interconnected beings we wish to take good care of our connection with the earth, water, and sky.

The Greening of Buddhism

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