Walk Through The Valley

February 21- 2014 – April 8, 2014


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21 to SUNDAY, February 23, 2014

The New England Peace Pagoda would love it if you would come and participate with us
for an hour, a half day, a full day or as many days as you can.
You are welcome to bring our own signs and help send THE WALK from Western Mass to Washington D.C.!


DAY ONE -FRIDAY, February 21, 2014

8:30 am: Opening Circle at the New England Peace Pagoda
10:30 am: Visit to Leverett Town Hall
1:15 pm: Begin walking from the Survival Center, North Amherst to Town Common, Amherst
3:00 – 3:30 pm: VIGIL on Town Common
5:00- 6:30pm: Potluck and Presentation at the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk
7:00 to 9:00: Walk for a New Spring participants will attend and view a student production of PROJECT UNSPEAKABLE,  at the Commonwealth Honor College, UMASS (the new building located near the Mullins Center)

DAY TWO – SATURDAY, February 22, 2014

8:30am: Opening Circle at Amherst Town Common and then begin Walk to Northampton 12:30: POTLUCK LUNCH AND PRESENTATION, First Churches, Northampton
1:30 pm: Begin Walk to Holyoke
5:00 pm:   Arrive 101 Pearl St, Holyoke
5:30pm: Potluck and Presentation/Community Discussion

DAY THREE – SUNDAY, February 23, 2014

11:00 am: Meet at Nuestras Raices Community Garden site on route 5 across from Mount Marie to walk into Springfield, southward on route 5 to West Springfield
12:30 pm: Brown Bag Lunch at West Springfield (Location TBA)
1:30 pm: Walk over the West Springfield Bridge to Springfield
5:00-6:00pm: Potluck Dinner, Wesley Methodist Church, 741 State Street, Springfield 7:00 pm: Panel and Community Discussion
Roberto C., Springfield No One Leaves
Michaelann B., Arise for Social Justice
Sheldon A., Justice For Ayyub
Jorge S., Just Communities Comunidades Justas
Tim B., New England Peace Pagoda
For more information call Tim Bullock 413-485-8469 / email- walk4newspring@gmail.com

The 13th Annual Walk for a New Spring

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Photos from the 2013 Walk for a New Spring, “Walk for the People, Walk for the Earth”

Common Unity
Peace Building & Demilitarization

February 21, 2014 – April 8, 2014
Leverett, MA to Washington D.C.
A 47 Day Peace March to the White House

  • Diplomacy Not War
  • An Economy That Uplifts All
  • Renewable Energy
  • Jobs Not Jails
  • Commit to Ending Racism
  • Move Resources from Military to People’s Needs
  • Respect for the Earth
  • Immigration Reform

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. identified extreme Materialism, Militarism and Racism as the “triplets of evil” which we must transform. They exist both within us and external to us.

Materialism – viewing human beings and nature as exploitable for profit, regardless of consequence. Leads to large scale societal impoverishment and destruction of nature.

Racism – Artificial and pernicious construct of thought and social organization that some human beings are inherently superior to others. “It separates bodies, minds and spirits, descends to inflicting spiritual and physical homicide on the out group.” (Martin Luther King)

Militarism – The belief that armed violence is the way to control perceived threats. The US spends more on our Military arsenal than the rest of the world combined. Domestically the number of guns is roughly equivalent to every man woman and child in the US. Also our police forces are being armed with ever more lethal weapons. Let us build a culture that posits faith in hu-manity and dissolves the intensifying cycle of fear and violence.

Walk Schedule

Tentative walk schedule, subject to change Join the Walk when we come through your community!

Tentative walk schedule, subject to change
Join the walk when we come through your community!

Please Consider Supporting These Bills & Initiatives

  • Uranium Exploration and Mining Accountability Act, A Bill to Ban Uranium Mining in the US and to clean up the thousands of abandoned uranium mines on Native American land
  • H.R.808  A Bill to establish a Cabinet-level Dept of Peace-Building
  • Continue the Funding of the SNAP Program – NO CUTS
  • Petition to support Jobs Not Jail for Non-violent Offenders (Massachusetts)
  • Support for Initiative of Fairfax, CA to establish an International body of experts to oversee the care of the damaged and dangerous Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

More to come
We welcome your suggestions

I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For more information or to join or support the walk when it comes to your community please fill out the following form:

or contact

Tim Bullock  413-485-8469 | walk4newspring@gmail.com | Facebook

The 28th Anniversary Celebration of the New England Peace Pagoda

The 28th Anniversary Celebration of the New England Peace Pagoda

Dennis Banks and the Lady Hawk Singers at the New England Peace Pagoda.

Several long time activists came to speak at the 28th Anniversary of the Leverett Pagoda.
Dennis Banks shared the story of how he connected with Nipponzan Myohoji, long time anti-war activists Randy Kehler, Paula Green, Francis Crowe were also present. Court Dorsey and Hattie Nestel, disarmament campaigners were there.

A large crowd came together with the overwhelming feeling of hope and determination in these strange times.

Following Interfaith prayers (Buddhist Tradition, Christian Tradition, Jewish Tradition, Muslim Tradition) we heard from several speakers about upcoming events.

Paki Wieland shared info about the upcoming Maine Drone Peace Walk

Beth Adams spoke about the men locked in Guantanamo Bay who are still on hunger strike, and upcoming actions with Witness Torture

Also an announcement was made, an update sent from Charmaine White Face and the Defenders of the Black Hills.

After writing and lobbying legislators, the “Uranium Exploration and Mining Accountability Act” has found a sponsor! Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva from the 3rd District in Arizona has agreed to sponsor the bill! This is a huge step, but by no means is the end of the road.


Our local Congressman Jim McGovern (who sent greetings from Washington where he is working with others to resolve the Government shut down) has agreed to support the bill when it is raised.

This is a hugely important time. We have to show McGovern and Grijalva that we support this bill and will see it through to the end.

The New England Peace Pagoda will continue supporting the Uranium Exploration Mining and Accountability Act, and the work of the Defenders of the Black Hills.

The 28th Anniversary Celebration of the New England Peace Pagoda





Sunday, October 6, 2013

 11 am

                                11:00 WELCOME
                   o Buddhist Sacred Ceremony begins
                  o Prayers from various faith traditions
                  o Dharma Talk by Ven. Shanti Shugei, Elder monk from Japan
                                LUNCH OFFERED
                               GREETINGS FROM SPECIAL GUEST, Dennis Banks
                                              Co-founder of the American Indian Movement
                               MESSAGE FROM DEFENDERS OF THE BLACK HILLS
                               NEWS FROM JUSTICE /PEACE EFFORTS
                               SOCIAL DANCE, led by the WAMPANOAG NATION

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.


Remember Hiroshima Nagasaki | A Walk to Build a Non-Violent World


Na Mu Myo Ho Renge Kyo

By Jehann El-Bisi


A summary of the intention of the walk for community members of Smith College on the eve of Nagasaki Day.

“ Instead of hypothesizing potential enemies, let us hypothesize this world as a potential heaven. Instead of suspecting others as potential murderers, let us believe in the Buddha nature of others, that they are children of God. Instead of looking at others with contempt, let us hold mutual respect and venerate one another.”


-Most venerable: Nichidatsu Fujii-Founder, teacher Nipponzan Myohoji

Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki

A Walk to Build a Non Violent World

August 2 to August 6

On a beautiful morning at the Leverett Peace Pagoda, walkers set out on a five day walk. On the morning of our first day, our prayers were shared and it was mentioned that an intention for the walk to acknowledge all forms of violence be recognized. We stated that the Boston Marathon tragedy be placed in a larger socio political context of American violence as exerted in rest of the world, particularly, most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. We culminated our walk arriving in Harvard Square in Boston to remember Hiroshima.

We walked carrying four critical messages that were shared with city officials and community members in Worcester, Watertown, Dorchester, Cambridge and Boston. The messages included:

  1. The introduction of H.R. 808 the Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2013 by Democratic representative Barbara lee of Oakland, CA. Lee states; “peacebuilding refers both to activities that target the root causes of violence as well as the broad measures used to prevent violent conflict and create sustainable peace.

She said, “This culture of violence that we live in is unacceptable. On our streets and across the globe, the pervasive presence of violence has infected the lives of millions, and it is far past time we address it as a nation…We invest hundreds of billions each year in the pentagon, in war colleges, military academies, and our national defense universities all to develop war tactics and strategies. Now we need that kind of investment in peace and non-violence here at home.”

  1. Resolution #56

Submitted by the Honorable Donald L. Plusquellic, Mayor of Akron Ohio


  1. Where as in April of 2009, President Barack Obama declared in Prague, “as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act.”

We presented: The petition to “Abolish Nuclear Weapons Now!” urging the United States to join in multilateral efforts to achieve the global elimination of nuclear weapons. The time is right. As [president Barack Obama] said in Berlin, “So long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not truly safe.”

  1. As presented from a sharing Learning The Hard Way: Reflections on the Aftermath of the Boston Marathon Tragedy, as well as signing a letter to Governor Duval Patrick at the Old South Church in Boston, on the anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki:

Where we quoted the governor as saying:

This community can heal if we turn to each other and not on each other.” We the Leverett Peace Pagoda requested that the people of Boston and the world, choose a different path of critical reflection, choosing love and not fear in our collective response to the tragedy. We spoke candidly of the violence inherent in a racist backlash for all Arab people, Arab Americans and specifically Muslim people of America and the world.

All of these issues and events are inextricably linked to what we remember on August 6 as Hiroshima Day and today on August 9 as Nagasaki day. We concluded our walk at the Premiere of the film;

HIBAKUSHA, OUR LIFE TO LIVE | A film of survival by David Rothauser

Creating a discussion: Article 9, A template for Peace

Featuring: Professor Akihiko Kimijima

And best quote, as it appeared on our walk:

“…We cannot repeat the sin.”

Abolish nuclear everything now. Please sign the petition for President Obama to attend the high level nuclear disarmament meeting at the UN on September 26, 2013. Thank you for your support to build a non violent world.

Na Mu Myo Ho Renge Kyo

Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Walking to Build a Non-Violent World
July 29, to August 6, 2013
A nine day walk from Leverett, MA to Boston, MA
Walk initiated by
Nipponzan Myohoji, New England Peace Pagoda
100 Cave Hill Rd, Leverett, MA 01054

Food for Thought in Building a Non-Violent World


4000 People Walk in Boston on Mother’s Day Walk for Peace, 2013

7 Principals of Peace to be Practiced
 From the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, Dorchester MA, an organization for those who have lost loved ones to violence and all those who support the purpose.
Love – Unity – Faith – Hope – Courage -Justice -Forgiveness –

“… you must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of our grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what  we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother.
-Chief Seattle 1854 marking the transference of Ancestral lands to the Federal Government

“… who is evil? Religion was handed down in the world for us so that evil can be converted to good rather than destroyed.”
-Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii 1953, Founder and Preceptor Nipponzan Myohoji

Friday 8/2 Leverett Peace Pagoda – Amherst
Saturday 8/3 amherst to worcester
sunday 8/4 worcester to watertown
monday 8/5 watertown – boston
tuesday 8/6 boston to cambridge

For more information regarding the this walk call 413-485-8469 or email us at walk4newspring@gmail.com

For the People

-Demilitarize our international relations
-Demilitarize our approach to homeland security
-End systemic poverty, a system of great violence to ward the human beings

For the Earth

-See the earth as a great mother, who, along with the whole natural world gives life indiscriminately to us all.  Let us cultivate gratitude rather than brutal exploitation of the earth.

August 6,1945, close to 100,000 ordinary citizens died instantly from the deto- nation of a nuclear bomb in Hiroshima. Tens of thou- sands died agonizing deaths in the days, weeks and months to follow. Survivors still suffer, physically and psychologically..

Drawn by a survivor from memory

The world has not heeded the call of the survivors. Nine countries have over 26,000 nuclear weapons with the USA and Russia having more than 95%. New more deadly weapons are still being de- signed and manufactured.

The survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki give message to the world

– Never Again Should Anyone – For Any Reason – Be Subjected To This Hell…

Clearly the mirror of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, with its inconceivable terror and grief, reveals the profound truth, that we must build a non-violent world.

As we reflect on the Boston marathon bombing and many other violent acts in the US and other countries, we see that the world has become more violent with less regard for the preciousness of human beings and more exploitation and de- struction towards our beautiful natural world.

We believe we are called- all together to work, walk, talk, listen to one another and find the will and determination to change the direction of our country, civilization.

We must devote ourselves to building a non-violent world.

dr king

Civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., March, 1967, during an anti-Vietnam War demon- stration in New York. (Photo:AFP/Getty Images)

“We must combine the fervor of the civil rights movement with the peace movement. We must demonstrate, teach and preach, until the very foundations of our nation are shaken. We must work unceasingly to lift this nation that we love to a higher destiny, to a new plateau of compassion, to a more noble expression of humaneness.” – Dr. Margin Luther King Jr. while marching against the War in Viet Nam Chicago, March 1967


“Instead of hypothesizing potential enemies, let us hypothesize this world as a poten- tial heaven. Instead of suspecting others as murders, let us believe in the Buddha na- ture of others, that they are children of God. Instead of looking at others with con- tempt, let us hold mutual respect and venerate one another.”
Most Venerable. Nichidatsu Fujii

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