YOU ARE WARMLY INVITED TO
The 28th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
of the NEW ENGLAND PEACE PAGODA
Sunday, October 6, 2013
o Buddhist Sacred Ceremony begins
o Prayers from various faith traditions
o Dharma Talk by Ven. Shanti Shugei, Elder monk from Japan
Co-founder of the American Indian Movement
The crises which we are together facing both in our human society – the degradation of humanity through war and massive impoverishment, and in the natural world – catastrophic disasters and the poisoning of water, earth, and air – all are caused by the extreme materialism of our culture. This materialism was forcibly imposed over the spiritual civilization of the Original People of this continent. We must return to a spiritual civilization to find the way to live in peace.
“If the minds of the people are impure, their land is also impure, but if their minds are pure, so is their land. There are not two lands, pure or impure. The difference lies solely in the good or evil of people’s minds. It is the same with a Buddha and a common mortal. While deluded, one is called ‘a common mortal’ but once enlightened, one is called a Buddha. Even a tarnished mirror will shine like a jewel if it is polished. A mind which presently is clouded by delusion is like a tarnished mirror, but once it is polished, it will become clear, reflecting the enlightenment of immutable Truth. Arouse deep faith and polish your mirror night and day.” “On Obtaining Buddhahood,” by St. Nichiren, 13th Century Buddhist monk, founder of the practice of Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo.
“The religious faith that Native Americans have carried to this day will be the source for forging lasting peace in the times to come. “excerpt from the Dharma talk given by Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii at the culmination of The Longest Walk, July 16, 1978, Washington DC.