We care deeply about the sangha—the community of awakening ones (all of us)—and wish for you all to be safe, peaceful, and well during this delicate time.
We have postponed all public activities for now, including the Walk for a New Spring; however, the monastery land remains open as a peaceful refuge for walks, meditation and prayer.
To protect the health of the elder monks and the public, prayer in the temple will be just for residents at this time.
For any other individuals who wish to participate in morning and evening prayers, you are encouraged to drum and chant, or whatever your spiritual practice may be, outdoors and may walk with the monks in the sunrise circumambulation of the stupa. (This involves no physical contact.)
These are times when we are all called to be our best—to be compassionate, considerate and wise in our thoughts, words and actions. We will do the simple things we can, like washing hands, eating healthy foods and herbs that boost the immune system, chanting, drumming, staying in when possible, walking the land as well, and we will always work to keep a positive and calm mindset to help everyone weather these storms.
As always, we encourage you to reach out to neighbors and be in service to those in need to whatever degree you are able, and to reach out to others when you need support.
Together, we move through, knowing that we are one.
WORDS FROM FUJII GURUJI…
“Just as cucumbers grow from cucumber seeds and eggplants from eggplant seeds, the outcome and the cause is preached to be of the same nature according to the law of causation. Consequently (for a nation to renounce war thus) choosing to avert evil and do good will bring the desired result of protecting the true security of the land and the people. “
“When we believe in the just truth of the law of causation, we must completely abolish armaments, not only nuclear weapons, but all tools of killing and destruction and all means of war…Preserving the precept against taking life taught by the Buddha is the assurance of Peace and Tranquility in this world.”
“The single gate open for humanity to escape the conflagration that consumes the three fold world is none other than Nonviolence…that is the nature of religion.The Path for genuine liberation is there for humanity to choose with courage, faith in humanity, and spiritual values.”
Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji
The New England Peace Pagoda was completed and inaugurated in 1985.
A Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa; a monument to inspire peace, designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds, and to help unite them in their search for world peace. Most (though not all) peace pagodas built since World War II have been built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii (1885–1985), a Buddhist monk from Japan and founder of the Nipponzan-Myōhōji Buddhist Order. Fujii was greatly inspired by his meeting with Mahatma Gandhi in 1931 and decided to devote his life to promoting non-violence. In 1947, he began constructing Peace Pagodas as shrines to World peace.
Peace Pagodas were built as a symbol of peace in Japanese cities including Hiroshima and Nagasaki where the atomic bombs took the lives of over 150,000 people, almost all of whom were civilian, at the end of World War II. By 2000, eighty Peace Pagodas had been built around the world in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
The Nipponzan-Myōhōji monks of the New England Peace Pagoda were awarded the Courage of Conscience award June 5, 1998 in Sherborn, Massachusetts.