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. https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oehr/article/448724 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.