Dec 3 WBPF Event at Occupy DC
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Dec 3 "Nine Minutes of Silence" at Occupy DC Freedom Plaza & Occupy Sites Nationwide

Here are the details we promised for this Saturday's event ... 

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The Buddhist Peace Fellowship and its chapters across the country, including WBPF -- and in collaboration with the Interdependence Project -- will be holding a mindful Nine Minutes of Silence (*) simultaneously at Occupy sites nationwide on Saturday, December 3 at 3 pm eastern time, in solidarity with the Occupy (99%) Movement's ongoing commitment to non-violent action for social justice -- followed by discussion and then a public silent meditation.

Please consider joining WBPF then at Occupy DC Freedom Plaza, E St NW & 13th St NW
  • Map & Metro
  • The closest metro station is Metro Center -- exit at 13th St.NW and walk south two blocks to E St. NW
  • We will gather at the "Soap Box" in the middle of the Freedom Plaza encampment, welcoming Freedom Plaza residents and the public to join us.
  • Look for Bill (picture) and signs for WBPF and "Nine Minutes of Silence".
  • The always present but ever roving portable toilets were last sighted at the east end of Freedom Plaza near the large equestrian statue -- public rest rooms are also available in nearby restaurants. A few are always unlocked -- keys are kept at the information tent.
  • There is another Occupy DC encampment at McPherson Square, but for now we are focused on Freedom Plaza.
  • If you can, please consider bringing (to the information tent) any optional donation (dana) of supplies needed by Freedom Plaza residents -- but not food (even non-perishables). Money donations for food stocks needed by the kitchen, etc., should go through the Occupy DC Freedom Plaza web site or their Facebook page -- Freedom Plaza food is served free to anyone who comes to the food tent, including local homeless people.
Please join us this Saturday if you can, but if you can't ...
Please consider meditating on December 3, at 3 pm or some other time/day this week -- at home, in Sangha, in kalyana mitta, or elsewhere, for "Nine Minutes of Silence" to hold the nationwide Occupy Movement in mindfulness in support with the their ongoing commitment to non-violent action for social justice.  -- resting in three minutes of silencewith each of these three contemplations, which are the focus of the BPF/IDP nationwide simultaneous "Nine Minutes of Silence" meditations 
  • By resting in silence together, we recognize the basic connection we share with all beings -- the 99% and the 1 %. We understand that a single action, born of greed, or compassion, can ripple across ecological, economic and social systems, impacting the lives of many whom we will never meet. [three minutes of silence]
  • In recognizing our interdependence -- our interbeing -- we dedicate ourselves to understanding how the qualities of greed, hatred and delusion play out in our own lives.   We commit to cultivating mindfulness, compassion and loving-kindness in our hearts and our minds for the benefit of all others -- the 99% and the 1%. [three minutes of silence]
  • By resting in silence together we offer our personal transformation as a means for social transformation, and through non-violent social engagement we offer our open hearts, and our energy, to others -- the 99% and the 1% [three minutes of silence]
Saturday, Dec 3
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Dec 3 at 3 pm ET -- BPF/IDP "Nine Minutes of Silence" at Occupy sites nationwide (2011)

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The Buddhist Peace Fellowship and its chapters across the country, including WBPF -- and in collaboration with the Interdependence Project -- will be offering a mindful Nine Minutes of Silence simultaneously at Occupy sites nationwide on Saturday, December 3 at 3 pm eastern time, in solidarity with the non-violence commitment of the Occupy Movement.

Please consider joining WBPF Friends for this event at Occupy DC Freedom Plaza. E St NW & 13th St NW (Map & Metro)

... updated details will follow soon.

Nov 2011 Sit4Change report on nationwide events including WBPF at Occupy DC

A message sent to WBPF ...
To all SIT4Change Participants and Supporters,

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Sun Oct 16 3 pm "Being Present"
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at Freedom Plaza or at Home (2011)

Sun Sep 11 WBPF Meet Up at 9/11 Unity Walk (2011)

Sep 2011 Walk to Feed the Hungry
Buddhist Global Relief

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Little boy with a plate of food
Diffa in Niger, Africa
Unsettling world food crises dominate the international news, but this does not have to be the end of the story for every mother, father or child in the world.

Buddhist Global Relief is committed to changing the face of hunger, one child and one person at a time…
$14 can provide nutritious hot meals for one child survivor of the Haitian earthquake for a month
$10 can provide Vitamin A capsules for 10 malnourished Nigerian children for a full year
These are just two of BGR’s many projects around the world. For additional projects, please visit

Please join us by making a difference to at least one family — today!

Walk in New York, NY
Saturday, September 10th, 2011
9:30 a.m. check-in 10:00 start
Walk in San Jose, CA
Sunday, September 11th, 2011
8:15 a.m. check-in 9:00 start
Walk in Milford, MI
Saturday, September 10th, 2011
9:00 a.m. check-in 10:00 start
Concert in Brooklyn, NY
Thursday, September 1st, 2011
6:30 p.m start
Join In

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Thank you for your continued support

Sat Sep 11 OMA: Buddhist Global Relief Events (2011)

Kalachakra Offered by Dalai Lama in DC, July 6 -16, 2011


Question: What is the Kalachakra?
The Kalachakra for World Peace is a multi-faceted, rich, and profoundly meaningful event, the largest Buddhist ritual open to the public given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His Holiness has offered the Kalachakra to large groups of people around the world.

When you attend the entire 11-day cycle of the Kalachakra, you will see the building of the great Kalachakra sand mandala; extensive opening rituals with prolonged periods of beautiful harmonic chanting; ritual dances to prepare the hall as a sacred ground; three days of teachings from His Holiness, presenting the foundations of Buddhist thought, so that each person has a basis for understanding; 3 days of the actual empowerment ceremony, which includes 11 levels of initiation; and a concluding day in which the mandala is dissolved, a ceremony expressing our wishes and prayers for His Holiness to enjoy a long and healthy life, and a long-life blessing for all in attendance are conducted.

For a thorough and scholarly description of the history of the Kalachakra, dating back to the original teaching by Shakyamuni Buddha, please visit the web site of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at If you scroll down to the end of that page, you will also find a list of Kalachakra empowerments conferred by His Holiness.

In brief, the word Kalachakra or "Wheel of Time", refers to the presentation of cycles of time which are unique to the Kalachakra Tantra. The word “tantra” means an "everlasting stream of continuity." This understanding of time is used in the Kalachakra as the basis for its precise system to achieve liberation from suffering and enlightenment. The Kalachakra is multi-leveled, and addresses circumstances and forces in the outer world, in our inner world, and in the realm of reality arising from extremely subtle energies.

The foundations of Kalachakra rely upon the basic Buddhist tenets of the Four Noble Truths. The initiation confers on the practitioner permission to begin the study and practice of the Kalachakra Tantra. Engaging in the practice with the motivation to free all beings from suffering, and with the proper internal and external conditions, one who is willing to study and practice in a mindful way can realize the path to enlightenment.
Kalachakra Program

July 6—12

During the first seven days of the Kalachakra, from July 6 through 12, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, along with the monks of Namgyal Monastery and senior lamas, will conduct rituals which prepare and consecrate the venue. These include chanting of prayers, creation of the sand mandala and other ancient rituals.

July 9, 10, and 11

His Holiness will give teachings to present the foundations of Buddhist thought on July 9, 10 and 11. His Holiness the Dalai Lama explained the importance of these preliminaries during the Kalachakra offered in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1999:
"I would like to congratulate those who are attending here only for the preliminary teachings and not the Kalachakra. Because in actual fact the topics I am covering in the preliminary teachings are the more important elements of the practice. So I would like to express my appreciation for those who are just attending the preliminary teachings. 
"…When I announce a Kalachakra Empowerment, because Kalachakra is so popular, it attracts people; but what I really intend is to spend time during the preliminary teachings and speak more about the general aspects of the path of the Dharma…. But if people simply come for the empowerment with no real grounding in the preliminary practices… then simply attending the Kalachakra ceremony alone? I do not know what benefit that can have."
July 12—15
The Kalachakra Ritual Dance on July 12, opens the next phase of the event, with the three days of the actual Empowerment extending from July 13 through July 15.

July 16
On the final day, July 16, the Kalachakra for World Peace 2011 will close with a ceremony offering prayers for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama; a long-life blessing for all those in attendance; and the dissolution of the sand mandala.

From an email from Still Water Mindfulness Practice Center 
Mindfulness Practice in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh

OMA: Earth Hour, Saturday, March 26, 8:30 pm

Opportunity for Mindful Action:   Earth Hour, Saturday, March 26, 8:30 pm Local Time
May we consider participating in this world-wide Earth Hour and beyond, in order to: 
  • Bear personal, mindful witness to global suffering from Climate Change
  • Fearlessly take direct nonviolent action to tangibly reduce Global Warming
  • Celebrate our interbeing
  • Inspire awareness in others
From Earth Hour 2011:
This Earth Hour, Go Beyond the Hour
On March 26, 2011, turn off your lights at 8:30 pm local time for Earth Hour to demonstrate your commitment to the one thing that unites us all--the planet. This year, on every continent, countries, businesses, communities and famous landmarks -- including New York's Empire State Building and Washington, DC's National Cathedral -- will be "switching off." When the lights go back on, we want you to go beyond the hour and think about what you can change in your daily life that will benefit the planet. Join us as we work together to create a better future.

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OMA: Expressing Compassion with Japan's Suffering in its Quake, Tsunami, & Nuclear Disasters

Opportunity for Mindful Action --
Expressing Compassion with Japan's Suffering in its Quake, Tsunami & Nuclear Disasters
See Thay's message also on Facebook

Thich Nhat Hanh: Message to Friends in Japan
by Thich Nhat Hanh on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 3:34am

Dear friends in Japan,
As we contemplate the great number of people who have died in this tragedy, we may feel very strongly that we ourselves, in some part or manner, also have died.
The pain of one part of humankind is the pain of the whole of humankind. And the human species and the planet Earth are one body. What happens to one part of the body happens to the whole body.
An event such as this reminds us of the impermanent nature of our lives. It helps us remember that what's most important is to love each other, to be there for each other, and to treasure each moment we have that we are alive.

This is the best that we can do for those who have died: we can live in such a way that they continue, beautifully, in us.

Here in France and at our practice centers all over the world, our brothers and sisters will continue to chant for you, sending you the energy of peace, healing and protection.

Our prayers are with you. 
Thich Nhat Hanh

U.S.-Japan Council Earthquake Relief Fund

The U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) extends its most sincere sympathies for the losses suffered by the people of Japan.  We share the deep world-wide concern over the mounting devastation from the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.

The U.S.-Japan Council Earthquake Relief Fund was established in order to collect donations that directly support immediate relief and the long-term rebuilding in Japan. 100% of all donations will go to carefully vetted organizations.

Why donate to this fund? Click here for a list of FAQs.

The U.S.-Japan Relief Network was established for organizations already conducting their own fundraising initiatives. It serves as a resource center containing information about relief efforts across the country.

Click here to go to the U.S.-Japan Relief Network page.

Please make check donations out to U.S.-Japan Council Earthquake Relief Fund and send to:

The U.S.-Japan Council
2207 Colby Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Jan 17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Today and Throughout 2011

Multiple Opportunities for Mindful Action for Peace and Social Justice on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, January 17 and throughout 2011

Jan 17 King Across the Ages
Washington National Cathedral

Martin Luther King, Jr. -- Across the Ages
Monday, January 17,  2-4 pm
Participate at the event or via Live Webcast

Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016-5098
(202) 537-6200

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People from all walks of life will come together to sing, dance and celebrate the legacy of faith and service left by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Short interfaith reflections will be offered in several faith traditions by Buddhist, Jewish and Christian participants during the program. 

The celebration is free and open to the public. 

This event will be webcast LIVE  on the National Cathedral  home page » 

This annual tribute celebrates the legacy of Dr. King through service projects, interfaith dialogue, and performances of our city’s rich music and dance heritage.

No reservations are required to attend the 2 pm program of soulful music and dance. 

Admission is a donation a non-perishable canned food item or a new children’s book.

Scheduled performers include:
  • Rae N. Rajkumar, Master of Ceremonies
  • African Heritage Dancers & Drummers
  • Children’s Chorus of Washington
  • CityDance Ensemble’s Early Arts Program
  • Violinist Daniel Davis
  • Urban Nation H.I.P. H.O.P. Choir
  • Urban Jazz Harmonicist Frédéric Yonnet
  • and others
Get Involved: Knit-In
Bring your knitting supplies to knit hats for the homeless as part of the Martin Luther King Day celebration. (Times and information »)

Get Involved: Donate Winter Clothing
Needed: Winter coats of all sizes and ages,  (for infants, boys, girls, and adults) and men’s and women’s business attire. All donations should be in good condition and clean.

Drop-off time: Monday, January 17, 8:30 am – 1 pm,
Drop-off locations:
National Sikh Gurdwara, 
3801 Massachusetts Ave, NW

Community of Christ, 
3526 Massachusetts Ave, NW

Soka Gakai – USA, 
3417 Massachusetts Ave, NW