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.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Public Meditation May 10

From 1 to 1:30, in Director Park, downtown Portland (Taylor and Park, across from Fox Regal Theatre and Elephants Deli).

We will meditate for half an hour on the metta phrase, "May all beings be safe." Our Sunday meditations are conducted in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter.

Friday, May 01, 2015

May Day Rally

Buddhist Peace Fellowship of Portland will be joining the May Day rally which meets at the Smith Memorial Student Union at Portland State University in the South Park Blocks. Gather from 2 p.m., Rally at 3 p.m., March at 4:30 p.m. During the march, those who are able and willing to march, will march. Those who prefer to meditate rather than march, and those cannot march because of health, physical ability, or any other reason, will meditate in the park during the march. We stand, sit, and walk in silent meditation for the benefit and safety of all beings.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Actions coming in May, 2015

Please save these dates:

May 1: Solidarity with Portland May Day Coalition. 

May 10: Public Meditation in Director Park, 1 to 1:30 p.m.

May 12: Five-year anniversary vigil for Keaton Otis.

More details for each event will be posted on Facebook.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Meditating in Director Park

We continue meeting on the second Sunday of each month to meditate on the phrase, "May all beings be safe." We gather in Director Park at 1 p.m. and meditate there together for half an hour. Our next gathering will be on Mother's Day, May 10, again in Director Park, again at 1 p.m. Wear blue if you'd like to be identified as being part of our group.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Public Meditation April 12

Please join us for a half-hour meditation in Director Park, downtown Portland, from 1 to 1:30 on April 12, 2015.

Last month's meditation was wonderfully peaceful and nourishing for all who participated.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Next Full meeting

The next full meeting of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship will be Thursday evening, April 9, 2015, at the Hollywood Library Meeting Room, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Our guest at this meeting is Judith Mowry. She will discuss with us what it means to be an ally, the strengths and challenges of working across difference, and how the (predominantly white) Buddhist Peace Fellowship can best serve the cause of racial justice.

We will have reports of three working groups: the group holding meditations in Director Park on the second Sunday of each month; the group holding meditations in solidarity with actions planned by People of Color; and the group organizing a demonstration that will incorporate meditation and social action. 

This meeting is for everyone, whether or not you have been able to attend a BPF meeting before. It is an opportunity to join one of the working groups, to plan for more activist meditation, and to move forward with us. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Solidarity with Justice for Keaton Otis. March 12, 2015.

On Thursday at dusk the Buddhist Peace Fellowship joined JoAnn Hardesty and about twenty Portland citizens at the monthly vigil for Keaton Otis, a young Black man killed by Portland Police in 2010. 

We want children now playing under the cherry blossoms to be safe to grow up and blossom, each in their own way. We want to re-organize our society so that the illusion of "race" and the perception of skin-color does not poison us. 

All children are our children.  

Monday, March 09, 2015

Planning Meetings for 12th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park

Come to the planning meetings and help make the 12th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park happen!

Schedule Item
What needs doing
March 22
2 pm to 4 pm
(reservation at 1:30 to eat if you wish)
Planning meeting.
8200 NE Siskiyou 
Find the theme. 
Brainstorm activitiesspeakers
Also, fundraising and vendors
Committees formed such as for children’s activities. 
April 19
Planning Meeting 
3720 SE 34th
Schedule solidified, reports from committees and on funds. Begin assigning volunteers to positions and loaners of equipment.
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. Total costs will be about $1800. 
May 17
Planning Meeting
3720 SE 34th
Volunteer roles are assigned. Equipment to be borrowed are assigned.
June 13
Festival in the Park
Colonel Summers Park
People learn about and celebrate Buddhism.
June 28
Debrief Meeting
Share kudos and improvements, sign thank you cards, celebrate.

Photo by Benji Bao Vuong

Closing meditation, 8 March 2015. Thanks to Benji Bao Vuong for the photograph.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Public Meditation in Director Park

Thanks to the twenty people who joined in the public meditation at Director Park today. It was deeply nourishing to stop doing and BE, to meditate on safety for all beings, and to feel the peaceful energy together. For one sweet, sunny, loving half-hour we were the spirit of loving kindness together.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Two Events in March

We have two public events coming up this month, and everyone associated with Buddhist Peace Fellowship and Soulforce (a partnership of Don’t Shoot Portland and Buddhist Peace Fellowship) is invited to attend and encourage others to attend. There is no need to be a member of BPF to participate in these events, but if you bring people who have not had meditation instruction, please be sure they understand that we will be in silence.

We will hold a half-hour meditation in Director Park from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 8. Participants should wear blue and meet at Director Park (SW Taylor and SW Park). The purpose of this event is to create peace where we are and to shift the public energy to a spirit of loving kindness by meditating on the phrase from the Buddhist Metta tradition, “May all beings be safe.” 

The second event is an expression of silent solidarity with a vigil held by the group called Justice for Keaton Otis, on March 12 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at NE 6th and NE Halsey. At this vigil, participants may hold candles (real or battery-operated). Participants should wear blue and meet at 5:45 p.m. at NE Clackamas and NE 6th (a block away). Anyone arriving after 5:45 p.m. should go directly to the vigil. JoAnn Hardesty will preside and welcomes our participation. Background information on this event is here.