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Calendar of Engaged Buddhist Events

This calendar has been dormant for a while now…. Please let me know if you are interested in seeing it being revived and click here if you’d like to support my efforts to spend time on it again.

 

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Ongoing Events/Vigils

Every Friday from 3:30 to 5PM, the East Hawaii Branch of the Buddhist Peace Felowship sits in silence (“showing original peace” as Roshi Aitken would say) in front of the Federal Building in downtown Hilo, Hawaii. We alternate sitting for about 20 minutes and standing for a couple minutes. We have a BPF banner, bell, some cushions and a couple of big umbrellas. We have been doing this for several years. All are welcome.

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2011

OCTOBER

Oct 6 7: Contemporary Perspectives on Buddhist Ethics, a conference featuring Damien Keown, Robert Thurman, Sallie King, Christopher Queen, and more. Where: Columbia University, NYC  For more info: http://www.cbs.columbia.edu/buddhist_ethics/

Oct 15: Occupy the Present Moment in solidarity with OWS. Where: Santa Fe, NM For more info: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/event.php?eid=248041111909680

Oct 15: Occupy the Present Moment in solidarity with OWS. Where: Vancouver, BC For more info: http://diydharma.org/events/occupy-present-moment

Oct 15: Public Meditation in solidarity with OWS. Where: Sacramento, CA, Cesar Chavez Park. For more info: http://www.facebook.com/SacUrbanDharma?sk=wall

Oct 15: Meditation at the Occupy Vermont event. Where: Montpelier, VT For more info: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Buddhist-Peace-Fellowship-Vermont-Chapter/181795268542840

Oct 16: Public Meditation at Occupy Wall Street. Where: New York City, meet at the steps of Trinity Church at 3 pm. For more info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=226946297366121

Oct 16: Public Meditation for Occupy Detroit. Where: Detroit, MI, 3 pm at Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple. For more info/directions: http://www.stillpointzenbuddhisttemple.org/contact.html

Oct 16: Public Meditation at Occupy Oakland, organized by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and others. Where: Oakland, CA For more info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=163411150415628

Oct 16: “Being Present” Meditation, part of Occupy Wall Street/DC. Where: Washington, DC, Freedom Plaza For more info: http://wbpf.blogspot.com/

Oct 16: Occupy Seattle Meditation with Seattle BPF Chapter. Where: Seattle, WA, at 12 noon. More details to come…

Oct 16: “Be Present” with Occupy Wall Street. Where: Portland, OR, location to be announced. For more info: http://www.bpfportland.com/2011/10/be-present-with-occupy-wall-street.html

Oct 16: Public Meditation: Being “Present” at Occupy Boston. Where: Boston, MA, Dewey Square. For more info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=222026024528478

Oct 18: Occupy San Francisco Meditation. Where: San Francisco, Union Square. For more info, click here.

Oct 22 – Nov 6: Sacred Sites Peacewalk for a Nuclear-Free World. Join Buddhist nun Jun-San (of the Peace Pagoda) on this interfaith walk along the California coast. Where: Start in San Luis Obispo, conclude in Vallejo. For more info: http://canuclearwalk.wordpress.com/

Oct 26 29: International Network of Engaged Buddhists Conference.   Where: Bodh Gaya, India.  For more info: http://www.inebnetwork.org/

Oct 29  30: Western Buddhism: Engaged Buddhism? An event with David Loy, Jan Willis, Ken Jones, and Fiona Nuttall. Where: Bristol, UK.  For more info: http://www.westernchanfellowship.org/conference-2011.html

Oct 31 Nov 4: Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat with Bernie Glassman and the Zen Peacemaker Community. Includes multi-national, multi-faith young adults. Where: Auschwitz/Birkenau, Poland.  For more info: http://www.zenpeacemakers.org/international_activities/auschwitz/index.htm

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2012

JANUARY

Jan 7 20: Pilgrimage to India with Zen Master Bernie Glassman and Dharmacharya Shantum Seth. For more info: http://www.zenpeacemakers.org/events/tours/india_pilgrimage.php

Jan 13 17: Mindfulness Meditation Retreat at International Women’s Partnership for Peace and Justice. Where: near Chiang Mai, Thailand. For more info: http://womenforpeaceandjustice.org/courses-we-offer/meditation-retreats/

MARCH

March 12 13: The Dharma of Living Systems and the Work that Reconnects with Joanna Macy. Where: Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, NM. For more info: http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=735

MAY

May 7 20: Social Engagement in the Holy Land // Zen Peacemakers’ 2012 Journey to Israel & Palestine with Zen Master Bernie Glassman and Rabbi Ohad Ezrahi. For more info: http://www.zenpeacemakers.org/events/tours/holy_land.php

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  3. Dear Maia,
    This calendar is a gift! Thank you so much for assembling these wonderful opportunities. Soon I will be able to participate in some of them!

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  5. Pema Chödrön live! Follow a live-stream of Pema Chödrön’s upcoming “Smile at Fear” retreat in Richmond, California (October 15-17.) The event sold out early, but Shambhala has arranged with Pema Chödrön to make her retreat available for “virtual” participation via live-stream video. For more information about this rare opportunity, please go to http://shop.shambhala.com/smile-at-fear.

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    • Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks for posting this, although I don’t think it would meet the criteria that I would set for an engaged Buddhist event — one that is Buddhist-based (which Pema’s retreat certainly is), and is directly addressing/interfacing with a social issues (which I don’t believe the retreat does). I’m sure it will be a wonderful retreat, just not exactly fitting into this working definition of a socially engaged Buddhist event.

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  6. I was just trying out the site— and so just how does a person look at the website and find what might be going on in his/her community. I was looking to see if our weekly BPF sitting in front of the Federal Building here in Hilo, which has been going on for years, was listed, and I couldn’t find a list. Thanks, Jim Johnson

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    • Hi Jim,

      I do a search across the Internet to find socially engaged Buddhist events, send emails to SEB organizations that I am aware of, and rely on groups to tell me about their events. If you can ask someone from the Hilo BPF group to send me info, or if you want to do that yourself, I am happy to put it up on this site. Better yet, your group could submit this information to the national BPF office, because that’s a good hub for information.

      Thanks for visiting the blog…

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  7. Do you know of any Engaged Buddhist events coming up in Southern California during November?

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  8. Aloha Maia, Fridays, from 3:30 to 5PM, the East Hawaii Branch of the Buddhist Peace Felowship sits in silence (“showing original peace” as Roshi Aitken would say)in front of the Federal Building in downtown Hilo, Hawaii. We alternate sitting for about 20 minutes and standing for a couple minutes. We have a BPF banner, bell, some cushions and a couple of big umbrellas. We have been doing this for several years. All are welcome.

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  10. Your readers might be interested in the 6th Rocky Mountain Retreat, from the Spirituality Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution:, July 29-31, 2011
    “SUSTAINABILITY: The Zen of Mediation”
    St. Malo Retreat Center in Allenspark, Colorado
    Featuring: Marc Lesser, Zen Master
    Closing Speaker: Scott Rogers, JD, MS. From Wanting to Wisdom: Mindfulness and the Deep Knowing. Author “The Six Minute Solution”
    flyer and speaker schedule available here: http://www.mediate.com/acrspirituality/pg59.cfm

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  13. Event in Dublin

    http://www.indymedia.ie/article/99669

    Buddhism and the Economic Crisis – Public Meeting
    dublin | miscellaneous | event notice Monday May 02, 2011 19:02 by Mark Price – Socially Engaged Buddhists’ Network 086 3454332
    What has Buddhism got to offer in relation to the global crisis of capital?
    Buddhism and the Economic Crisis – Public Meeting, Friday 24 June, 7pm
    Central Hotel, Exchequer St., Dublin 2

    Speaker: Ken Jones, author of “The New Social Face of Buddhism”.

    The same speaker will lead a workshop entitled “Transforming self – transforming society” on Saturday 25 June, 11am-1pm, at the Central Hotel.

    What has Buddhism got to offer in relation to the global crisis of capital? Ken Jones, a prominent proponent of socially engaged Buddhism, offers a provocative analysis of the world economic crisis from the perspective of Buddhist teaching. His lecture on Friday night will be followed on Saturday morning by a short workshop aimed at showing how reflective practice can be integrated with social and political engagement.

    These events will be of interest both to Buddhists who wish to put their insights into practice in a social or political context, and to activists who wish to bring clarity of vision to their activities through reflective “inner work”.

    Ken Jones is a noted Buddhist scholar, a former Marxist activist, the founder of the UK Socially Engaged Buddhists Network, and author of The New Social Face of Buddhism.

    For further details, please contact Mark Price, Socially Engaged Buddhists’ Network, (086) 3454332.

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  15. Maia, I’m planning to attend the tar sands action in Washington (Aug 15-Sept 5 or so) as a Buddhist. I’m contemplating how to organize a Buddhist action. Will contact BPF, wanting to network as widely as possible.
    Shodo Spring

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  17. Sustainable Change, Sustainable Service: Caring for Ourselves & our Communities

    Saturday, August 13, 2011: 4:00 – 7:00pm

    Octagon Community Acupuncture 5263 Claremont Ave. Oakland, CA 94609

    http://www.perfect-wisdom-acupuncture-and-herbs.com/support-files/social-change-sustainability-workshop.pdf

    This workshop is offered by two Buddhist practitioners:
    Prajna Paramita Choudhury, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M. & Vanissar Tarakali, Ph.D.

    We offer you skills & tools to renew yourself each day, create mutual support & nourish your commitment to this work for a lifetime.

    Join other social change/social service practitioners to learn compassionate strategies & easy-to-master body practices to sustain yourself & others.

    Cost: $30. Reg via paypal or check to vanissar@cs.com

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  23. Nice! If you don’t mind I will copy your significant articles on iBuddhist
    Thank you

    Anumodana,
    iBuddhist.org

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