13th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park: A Declaration of InterDependence


Colonel Summers Park



~Dharma Talk and Panel Discussion on the Theme of A Declaration of Interdependence ~Workshops ~Activities for Children ~Tabling by Buddhist Communities

The Portland Chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship is delighted to announce that Stephanie Kaza will give the keynote talk for Portland’s Thirteenth Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park. Ms. Kaza brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to the intersection of ecology and Buddhism. In these two realms it is a basic tenet that no individual stands alone, that we all need each other and the flora and fauna of this Earth to survive. We are interdependent.

In addition to her talk, Stephanie Kaza also leads a workshop supporting the theme. Buddhism offers tools for changing minds and behavior that can be beneficial to individuals and interdependence. Stephanie Kaza has spent a lifetime exploring and teaching this interconnection as a Soto Zen Buddhist, a professor at the University of Vermont, and as author and editor. The city is enriched by her move to Portland. Her books include Mindfully Green: A Personal and Spiritual Guide to Whole Earth Thinking; Hooked! Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume; Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism.

As a city Portland has been feeling the effects of climate change and has enacted plans to become a sustainable city. Microclimate changes have caused more storms and flooding in areas even as the city works to complete a major sewer system upgrade. The city’s interdependence is feeling the strain as people seeking this kind of reform migrate here, causing a housing crisis and bringing more vehicles, and pollution, to the streets. This migration signals a hunger from US citizens to see more of this kind of reform, and also points to the wealth and the growing pains a sustainability plan can bring to a city.

Local leaders Domyo Burk of Bright Way Zen, Nelly Kaufer of Pine Street Sangha, and Brenda Fugate of Oregon Buddhist Temple, along with a fourth participant to be determined, form a discussion panel on the theme. While the Dharma talk and panel discussion occur in the park's main shelter, the children's pavilion will be busy with story times, crafts, and other activities, including a Dharma Rain exercise led by Heidi Enji Hoogstra of Dharma Rain Zen Center.

In keeping with the theme of interdependence, there will be no sales at this year’s Buddhist Festival. Participating groups will have non-perishable potluck food and beverages available to festival-goers.

Many different Portland area communities will be represented at the booths. Pure Land, Zen, Vajrayana, Vipassana, and non-sectarian groups will share news and information about their communities. The event gives the opportunity to introduce Buddhism to the curious, as well as for people to meet and share news, smiles, and rituals.

The festival is free, and all are welcome. Organizers ask for mindfulness regarding waste: please avoid single use water bottles and sort recyclables.


12:00 pm: Opening bells and Ceremony: Three Refuges Chant 12:30 pm: Workshop: Beginning a Meditation Practice, Domyo Burk, Bright Way Zen 1:00 pm: Keynote speaker: Stephanie Kaza: author of Mindfully Green; ecology columnist for Buddhist Peace Fellowship's Turning Wheel magazine; Professor Emerita at UVM. 2:00 pm: (approximately): Workshop with Stephanie Kaza 2:30 pm: Panel for Discussion: Domyo Burk, Bright Way Zen; Nelly Kaufer, Pine Street Sangha; Brenda Fugate, Oregon Buddhist Temple; another TBD 4:00 pm: Free Prize Drawing: fill out a survey about your visit and get a free ticket to win a prize. 4:10 pm: Two Drummers from Portland Taiko! 4:30 pm: Closing

Children's Pavilion Schedule 11:00 am to 4:00 pm: Declaration of InterDependence communal art activity; Treasure hunt; Books, crafts, coloring, and snacks available. 12:00 pm: Opening bells and Ceremony: Three Refuges Chant 1:30-2:30 pm: Dharma Rain Song with Dharma Rain Exercise and Rainsticks: Heidi Enji Hoogstra, Dharma Rain Zen Center and Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Portland 4:00 pm: Free Prize Drawing: any time during the day fill out a survey about your visit and receive a free ticket to win a prize. 4:10 pm: Two Drummers from Portland Taiko! 4:30 pm: Closing