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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Volunteers lighting candles during Earth Hour celebrations
Will you turn your lights out?
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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
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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