Sep 21 International Day of Peace Meditation
at Jefferson Memorial and at Home

Many people will be gathering for 30-minutes of non-sectarian silent meditation for peace on Monday, September 21 at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC to locally celebrate International Day of Peace, which is a United Nations global holiday held annually since 1982.

The event starts at 10:30 AM and ends at 1:00 PM. The 30-minute meditation will be from noon to 12:30 PM

The local sponsors suggest wearing white clothing to connote peacefulness and positivity.

If you can not attend, the event sponsors invite you to meditate for peace at Noon or some other time that day.

Additional information is at . There you may RSPV ("sign up") for the Sep 21 event (but of course you may come regardless of RSVP). Seperately you may also consider signing up for year-long (Sep 21, 2009 - Sep 21, 2010) 15-munite daily at-home mediation in support of International Peace.

Sep 19 Second Annual Sit for Change

Sep 27 Buddhist/NAACP Walk, Charles Town, WV

2009 marks 150 years since the John Brown Raid on Harpers Ferry to support freedom for slaves. The Jefferson County NAACP is coordinating the sesquicentennial events with the National Park Service.

As part of this observance, hosted by local NAACP Representative, Jim Tolbert, there will be a mindful walk from the Courthouse in Charles Town, West Virginia to the hanging site. At the end of the four block walk, participants will sit in silence for 40 minutes (chairs will be provided). After that, a short talk will be given by Buddhist monk, Bhikku Buddarakkhita from the Bhavanna Monastery in High View, WV.

All those interested are invited to attend. Gather at the Courthouse, 100 E Washington St, Charles Town, WV (MAP) on Sunday, September 27 and begin the walk at 4:00 p.m.

Viet Nam Bat Nha Monestary Attacked - Need Help

On August 13th, 2009, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, Mr. Le Dung, made it known that all monks and nuns will be expected to leave the Bat Nha monastery by September 2nd, 2009.

The Bat Nha monestary has been attacked several times already.

The web site is initiating a letter writing campaign to the US Government to ask for their intervention and appeal to the Vietnamese government on behalf of the Bat Nha monks and nuns. Information and history are available at the web site.

Thich Nhat Hanh Letter From Hospital 8/21/2009

Aug 24, 2009: Here is a letter that Order of Interbeing founder and leader Thich Nhat Hanh wrote on August 21 to retreatants in Estes Park, Colorado, while undergoing 14-days treatment for Pseudomonas aeruginosa at Massachussets General Hospital in Boston.

WBPF Meeting June 16, 2009 - Notes