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News :: DNC : DNC : Environment : Organizing
Buddhist Activists to meditate at DNC and RNC; join DNC2RNC walk from Boston to New York
12 Jul 2004
Modified: 09:47:30 AM
Buddhist Peace Fellowship members will hold a meditation vigil throughout the DNC, at the Holocaust Memorial Park in Boston. The public is welcome to join us in sitting and walking meditation. There will also be a meditation vigil during the RNC in New York City.
The Buddhist Peace Fellowship has received a permit from the City of Boston to hold an outdoor meditation vigil during the Democratic National Convention, July 26 to 29. Buddhists will gather from around the country to participate in this spiritual gathering, which is intended to bring the attention of convention delegates and the public to the persistent human longing for peace, justice, and freedom. The vigil will be held at the Holocaust Memorial Park near Boston’s Government Center, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day of the convention. The vigil will take the form of a traditional Buddhist retreat, with sitting and walking meditation. Services will be held at 8 a.m., noon, and 7:30 p.m. Participants hope to open their hearts and minds to all the events of the day, and to bring compassionate awareness to all people involved in the election process. A ceremony will be held offering the Democratic Party a written statement of Buddhist social principles, as a guide to forming compassionate public policy. After the convention, some of the meditators will undertake a 28-day 275-mile walk from Boston to New York City with the DNC2RNC march. A similar meditation vigil will be held in New York City during the Republican National Convention, August 29 to September 4. “Meditating and walking are traditional ways for Buddhists to bear witness to our own suffering and the suffering of the world — which are not separate — and to act in the spirit of liberation. Our hope is that the delegates can listen to us, and that we can listen to them,” said Maia Duerr, BPF Executive Director. The Buddhist Peace Fellowship, founded in 1978 by Robert Aitken, Nelson Foster, Joanna Macy, and others, acts as a catalyst for socially engaged Buddhism. The organization is based in Berkeley, CA, and has more than 6,000 members worldwide from all Buddhist traditions. BPF publishes Turning Wheel magazine and is an affiliate of the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the International Network of Engaged Buddhists. Contact: (812)219-1711
See also:
http://www.bpf.org/html/whats_now/conventions.html

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