The 29th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
of the NEW ENGLAND PEACE PAGODA
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Nipponzan Myohoji Ceremony
Interfaith Prayers for World Peace
12:20 pm LUNCH OFFERED
co-founder: Non-Violent Peace Force;
co-author: Waging Peace, Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist
POSITIVE NEWS IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Pagoda Walks 2014 Past and Future
Jeju Island, Korea
“Springfield: No-One Leaves”
Mass Slavery Apology
at the Stupa honoring the Spirits of the Indigenous People’s Ancestors.
“Religious faith is not (merely) a personal matter…It is a great beacon that illuminates the darkness of the modern civilization. In religion, purification through the transformation of evil transcends any merits found in competing doctrines. It is the cardinal prohibition against the greatest tragedy of all tragedies in the human world: murder. The absolute and fundamental prohibition against murder is humanity’s ultimate civilization, which is yet to be heeded by science, economics, or politics. The cardinal prohibition of murder is the paramount issue that extends throughout and beyond politics, economics, and science. It is the imperative of all times, one that must be unequivocally embraced in order to liberate humankind from extinction. Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo.” (1956)
Join us in supporting Gov. Patrick’s call to house 1,000 of the refugee children waiting for housing at the border:
WALK FOR PEACE AND NON-VIOLENCE
The New England Peace Pagoda will walk across Massachusetts
To Remember and Heal From the Nuclear Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
and to discuss peaceful solutions for the issues of war we face today
July 30 thru August 6 // Plainfield MA – Boston MA
click to download the walk brochure
Tim Bullock: 413-485-8469Vanessa Lynch/Zorlu: 978-340-4389
August 2nd Springfield
August 6th First Church Boston
August 9th Nuke Free Northampton
On Wednesday July 30th the New England Peace Pagoda will begin a 10 day walk across Massachusetts. This walk will take place on the anniversaries of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This walk takes place in the midst of serious questions of war, in a turning point in our culture.
We walk and we carry with us the memory of the lives of the hundreds of thousands of people who were killed instantly when those bombs were dropped on the districts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We carry with us their memories and the lessons from Hibakusha, from those who survived the bombing and lived on with cancer. The world has been affected by the radiation from these bombs. We march to pray for peace and to send a call out to all who are ready to come together peacefully and work towards change. Toward a sustainable world that is not dependent on war or exploiting human labor for resources. One that is community based. We walk without guns, without alcohol, without drugs.
We carry with us this message of peace and the cautionary tales of where violence leads.
End Imperialism. Pray for Peace.
We walk with hands together, bow three times,
Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo.
Local Campaigns We Carry
-Gov. Deval Patrick has announced plans to temporarily house 1,000 of the children who are currently at the U.S. border. We commend Gov. Patrick for giving Massachusetts the opportunity to help our fellow brothers and sisters from the south and as we travel through the state we will speak on supporting this move.
-Uranium Exploration and Mining Accountability Act, this bill which we carried with Charmaine White Face, Sioux Nations Treaty Council, Defenders of the Black Hills, calls for a moratoritum on all uranium mining until all mines have been cleaned up. Senator Raul Grijalva (D-AR) has agreed to sponsor the bill, and our own congressman McGovern (D-MA) has agreed to support this bill.
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The New England Peace Pagoda invites you to join
Walking for Peace and Non‐Violence
July 30 thru August 9
Remembering – Transforming - Healing
Hiroshima and Nagasaki
And the Contemporary Culture of War
Plainfield, MA to Boston, MA
Wed – July 30 Plainfield Earthdance
Thurs. – July 31 Earthdance New Salem
Fri. – Aug 1 Seeds of Solidarity – West Springfield
Sat. - Aug 2 West Springfield – Springfield
Sun. – Aug 3 Springfield – Gardner
Mon. – Aug 4 Gardner – Worcester
Tues. – Aug 5 Worcester – Boston
Wed. - Aug 6 First Church Boston
Boston City Hall
Fri. – Aug 8 Leverett Center
5:30 pm Peace Pagoda Nagasaki Commemoration
Sat. – Aug 9 Northampton
Nuclear Free Future
Campaign and Western Mass AFSC
Walk begins at Court House to Smith College –Paradise Pond
For more information regarding the walks or events please call Tim Bullock - 413‐485‐8469
Email - email@example.com
Walk for Common Unity, Peace Building & Demilitarization
Starting on February 21st the New England Peace Pagoda’s 13th Annual Walk for a New Spring set off for Washington D.C.
More photos & info updated daily on the facebook page.
The walk will reach Washington D.C. on April 4th.
To join the walk contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Tim Bullock at 413-485-8469
13th ANNUAL “WALK FOR A NEW SPRING”
A WALK FOR COMMON UNITY, PEACE BUILDING, AND DEMILITARIZATION
LEVERETT, MA to WASHINGTON, DC
February 21- 2014 – April 8, 2014
PLEASE JOIN US FOR A THREE DAY SEND-OFF!
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.!
ITINERARY FOR FIRST THREE DAYS
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- email@example.com
Photos from the 2013 Walk for a New Spring, “Walk for the People, Walk for the Earth”
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.
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:
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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.
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.