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Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 11am-4:30pm
Creston Park
Practicing peace Embracing community 14th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park June 3, 2017 Creston Park Powell Blvd to SE 42nd and Rhone St 11:00 am to 4:30 pm share buddhism in community and gratitude Buddhist talks and workshops Activities for Children Tabling by Buddhist Communities Whether Buddhist or simply curious, all are welcome! Schedule 11 am to 4:30 pm: Meditation space and booths available 12 pm: Opening bells and dedication 12:15: Workshops Meditation by Dharma Rain Zen Center Intro to Nonviolent Direct Action and Engaged Buddhism by Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Portland 1:00: Workshops Chanting Practice Introduction, by SGI-USA, Portland Intro to Nonviolent Direct Action (continued) 1:45 Dharma Talk Yangsi Rinpoche, Maitripa College. Recognized as the reincarnation of Geshe Ngawang Gendun, President of Maitripa. 2:30: Panel for Discussion Etsu Osaki, Oregon Buddhist Temple. Elder in the temple, lived as a teenager during WWII in the American internment camps. Grace Zhang, Falun Dafa. Experienced persecution in China as a Falun Dafa practitioner. Juan Carlos La Puente, Portland Shambhala. Immigrant from Peru, works with Amnesty International. Domyo Burk, Bright Way Zen, priest. Jampa Nyendak Lathsang, Tibetan Prayer Flag. Tibetan immigrant, businessman, volunteer. 4:00: Free Prize Drawing: fill out a survey about your visit and get a free ticket to win a prize. 4:10: Music Reverend Yuki Sugahara, Oregon Buddhist Temple performs Ichi-go, Ichi-e, One Time, One Meeting by Jake Shimabukuro 4:30 Closing Children's Schedule 11:00 am to 4:00 pm: Treasure hunt; Books, crafts, coloring, and snacks available. 12 pm: Opening bells and dedication 12:15: Workshop Altar and meditation for kids by Dharma Rain Zen Center 2:30: Storytime Story with craft by Heidi Enji Hoogstra, Dharma Rain Zen Center 4:00: Free Prize Drawing: fill out a survey about your visit and get a free ticket to win a prize. 4:10: Music Reverend Yuki Sugahara, Oregon Buddhist Temple performs Ichi-go, Ichi-e, One Time, One Meeting by Jake Shimabukuro 4:30 Closing Press Release Info: Dharma Talk and Panel Discussion on the Theme of Practicing Peace, Embracing Community Workshops Activities for Children Tabling by Buddhist Communities Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Portland is proud to host the 14th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park on Saturday, June 3, with the theme, Practicing Peace, Embracing Community. Due to renovation of Colonel Summers Park, the festival will be at a new location this year, at Creston Park on Powell Blvd. Expressing gratitude for the many gifts immigrants have brought to our American society, this 14th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park has a focus on immigrants and the Buddhism they have brought to our shores. How may we reduce suffering and reduce reactivity? Buddhism teaches non-attachment and non-judgment. It provides skills which help foster equanimity and clarity. It’s teachings emphasize gratitude and generosity. Many Buddhist practitioners have felt the need to increase their civic engagement thanks to the current political climate. How can a Buddhist maintain an open heart and resist harmful policies of the state? Organizers of the festival felt it is important to give people the tools they are looking for, so we are offering more workshops this year. We emphasize our gratitude for the gifts of the Buddhist Triple Gems: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. The Buddha is our teacher. Many Buddhas have brought the Dharma, or the teachings, from one land to another. Without these emigrants, we would not have the Buddhism we have today throughout the world. Nor would we have these teachings without Sangha, or the communities which share the religious practices and embody the teachings. Participating groups will have booths through the day from 11 am to 4:30 pm. From noon to 1:45 pm workshops will be offered on beginning a meditation practice and on chanting as practice. An extended workshop will also be offered on the Engaged Buddhist practice of nonviolent direct action. Another workshop is intended to offer a brief introduction to the main shared teachings of Buddhism. As usual there will be a Dharma Talk and a Discussion Panel on the theme. At 4:00, BPF Portland will host a drawing for prizes related to Buddhism. All festival attendees are eligible for one free ticket. While the Dharma talk and panel discussion occur in the festival’s main canopy, the children's canopy will be busy with story times, crafts, and other activities. 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. This is a perfect opportunity for those curious about Buddhism to explore the possibilities available. The festival is free, and all are welcome. Organizers ask for mindfulness regarding waste: please avoid single use water bottles and do sort recyclables.
Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 12:15pm
Please come meet with other Buddhists to brainstorm and organize to champion right speech and right action in a time when white supremacy and hatred are the hallmarks of our government. How we can we stand together as Buddhists for compassion? We will begin with a guided meditation and then discuss some questions. We will set an agenda that reflects the priorities of those present. We may break into small discussion groups. Are we united in pursuing non-violence as a strategy for political change? If not, what other strategies do we support? If so, how do we support non-violence and honor the justifiable rage of poor people, old people, disabled people, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, climate justice activists, LGBTQ, unhoused people, and others? Which non-Buddhist groups in our local area inspire us and give us hope? Do we want to be visible as a Buddhist presence at events organized by those groups? If so, how shall we identify ourselves at such events? Do we want to organize additional actions, events, rallies, or protests? If so, who will take the lead in this? Other questions? Suggestions for communication with each other? Feel free to bring your own lunch. Snacks not provided.