14th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park
June 3, 2017
11 am to 4:30 pm
Creston Park
SE 43rd and Rhone St, Portland, Oregon

Contact bpfportland@yahoo.com for more information.

Coming years: June 2, 2018; June 1, 2019; June 6, 2020.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Photos from 14th Buddhist Festival



Here are some photos from the day taken by Enji. Many are when we were still setting up.

Here are some photos from the day taken by Kendall.

Here are some photos from the Engaged Buddhist workshop, "What Does Buddhist Direct Action Look Like?"

Debrief Meeting is Sunday, June 11, 1:30 pm, Dharma Rain Zen Center


Saturday, June 03, 2017

14th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park




Practicing peace
Embracing community
14th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park
June 3, 2017 Creston Park
Powell Blvd  to SE 42nd and Rhone St
11:00 am to 4:30 pm
share buddhism
in community and gratitude
Buddhist talks and workshops
Activities for Children
Tabling by Buddhist Communities

Whether Buddhist or simply curious, all are welcome!



Schedule
11 am to 4:30 pm: Meditation space and booths available
12 pm: Opening bells and dedication
12:15: Workshops
   Intro to Meditation by Dharma Rain Zen Center
   What Does Buddhist Direct Action Look Like? by Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Portland
1:00:  Workshops
   Chanting Practice Introduction by SGI-USA, Portland
   What Does Buddhist Direct Action Look Like? (continued)
1:45  Dharma Talk
   Yangsi Rinpoche, Maitripa College. Recognized as the reincarnation of Geshe Ngawang Gendun, President of Maitripa.
2:30: Panel for Discussion
   Etsu Osaki, Oregon Buddhist Temple. Elder in the temple, lived as a teenager during WWII in the American internment camps.
   Grace Zhang, Oregon Falun Dafa Association. Experienced persecution in China as a Falun Dafa practitioner.
   Juan Carlos La Puente, Portland Shambhala. Immigrant from Peru, works with Amnesty International.
   Domyo Burk, Bright Way Zen, priest.
   Jampa Nyendak Lathsang, Tibetan Prayer Flag. Tibetan immigrant, businessman, volunteer. 
4:00: Free Prize Drawing: fill out a survey about your visit and get a free ticket to win a prize.
4:10: Music
   Reverend Yuki Sugahara, Oregon Buddhist Temple 
   performs Ichi-go, Ichi-e, One Time, One Meeting
   by Jake Shimabukuro
4:30  Closing


Children's Schedule
11:00 am to 4:00 pm: Treasure hunt; Books, crafts, coloring, and snacks available. 
12 pm: Opening bells and dedication
12:15: Workshop
   Intro to altar and meditation for kids by Dharma Rain Zen Center

2:30: Storytime
   Storytime with craft by Heidi Enji Hoogstra, Dharma Rain Zen Center
4:00: Free Prize Drawing: fill out a survey about your visit and get a free ticket to win a prize.
4:10: Music
          Reverend Yuki SugaharaOregon Buddhist Temple 
          performs Ichi-go, Ichi-e, One Time, One Meeting
          by Jake Shimabukuro
4:30  Closing

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Press Release Info:
Dharma Talk and Panel Discussion on the Theme of
Practicing Peace, Embracing Community
Workshops
Activities for Children
Tabling by Buddhist Communities

Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Portland is proud to host the 14th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park on Saturday, June 3, with the theme, Practicing Peace, Embracing Community.  Due to renovation of Colonel Summers Park, the festival will be at a new location this year, at Creston Park on Powell Blvd.
Expressing gratitude for the many gifts immigrants have brought to our American society, this 14th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park has a focus on immigrants and the Buddhism they have brought to our shores. How may we reduce suffering and reduce reactivity? Buddhism teaches non-attachment and non-judgment. It provides skills which help foster equanimity and clarity. It’s teachings emphasize gratitude and generosity. Many Buddhist practitioners have felt the need to increase their civic engagement thanks to the current political climate. How can a Buddhist maintain an open heart and resist harmful policies of the state?

Organizers of the festival felt it is important to give people the tools they are looking for, so we are offering more workshops this year. We emphasize our gratitude for the gifts of the Buddhist Triple Gems: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. The Buddha is our teacher. Many Buddhas have brought the Dharma, or the teachings, from one land to another. Without these emigrants, we would not have the Buddhism we have today throughout the world. Nor would we have these teachings without Sangha, or the communities which share the religious practices and embody the teachings.

Participating groups will have booths through the day from 11 am to 4:30 pm.  From noon to 1:45 pm workshops will be offered on beginning a meditation practice and on chanting as practice. An extended workshop will also be offered on the Engaged Buddhist practice of nonviolent direct action. Another workshop is intended to offer a brief introduction to the main shared teachings of Buddhism. As usual there will be a Dharma Talk and a Discussion Panel on the theme. At 4:00, BPF Portland will host a drawing for prizes related to Buddhism. All festival attendees are eligible for one free ticket.
                      
While the Dharma talk and panel discussion occur in the festival’s main canopy, the children's canopy will be busy with story times, crafts, and other activities.
Many different Portland area communities will be represented at the booths.  Pure Land, Zen, Vajrayana, Vipassana, and non-sectarian groups will share news and information about their communities. This is a perfect opportunity for those curious about Buddhism to explore the possibilities available.
The festival is free, and all are welcome.  Organizers ask for mindfulness regarding waste: please avoid single use water bottles and do sort recyclables.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

A Declaration of InterDependence

13th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park

All are welcome, it's free!
June 4, 2016 CE
11 am to 4:30 pm
Portland, Oregon, United States of America
Earth, Milky Way Galaxy, the Universe

Schedule
  • 12:00 pmOpening bells and Ceremony: Three Refuges Chant
  • 12:30 pm: Workshop: Beginning a Meditation Practice, Domyo Burk, Bright Way Zen
  • 1:00 pm: Keynote speaker: Stephanie Kaza: author of Mindfully Green; ecology columnist for Buddhist Peace Fellowship's Turning Wheel magazine; Professor Emerita at UVM.
  • 2:00 pm: (approximately): Workshop with Stephanie Kaza
  • 2:30 pm: Panel for Discussion: Domyo Burk, Bright Way Zen; Nelly Kaufer, Pine Street Sangha; Brenda Fugate, Oregon Buddhist Temple; Doug McCanne, Portland Shambhala
  • 4:00 pm: Free Prize Drawing: fill out a survey about your visit and get a free ticket to win a prize.
  • 4:10 pm: 2 Drummers from Portland Taiko!
  • 4:30 pm: Closing

Children's Pavilion Schedule
  • 11:00 am to 4:00 pm: Declaration of InterDependence communal art activity; Treasure hunt; Books, crafts, coloring, and snacks available. 
  • 12:00 pmOpening bells and Ceremony: Three Refuges Chant
  • 1:30-2:30 pm: Dharma Rain Song with Dharma Rain Exercise and Rainsticks: Heidi Enji Hoogstra, Dharma Rain Zen Center and Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Portland
  • 4:00 pm: Free Prize Drawing: any time during the day fill out a survey about your visit and receive a free ticket to win a prize.
  • 4:10 pm: 2 Drummers from Portland Taiko!
  • 4:30 pm: Closing

 Press Release 

The Portland Chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship is delighted to announce that Stephanie Kaza will give the keynote talk for Portland’s Thirteenth Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park. Ms. Kaza brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to the intersection of ecology and Buddhism. In these two realms it is a basic tenet that no individual stands alone, that we all need each other and the flora and fauna of this Earth to survive. We are interdependent. 

In addition to her talk, Stephanie Kaza also leads a workshop supporting the theme. Buddhism offers tools for changing minds and behavior that can be beneficial to individuals and interdependence. Stephanie Kaza has spent a lifetime exploring and teaching this interconnection as a Soto Zen Buddhist, a professor at the University of Vermont, and as author and editor. Portland is enriched by her move here. Her books include Mindfully Green: A Personal and Spiritual Guide to Whole Earth Thinking; Hooked! Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume; Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism

As a city Portland has been feeling the effects of climate change and has enacted plans to become a sustainable city. Microclimate changes have caused more storms and flooding in areas even as the city works to complete major sewer system upgrade. The city’s interdependence is feeling the strain as people seeking this kind of reform migrate here, causing a housing crisis and bringing more vehicles, and pollution, to the streets. This migration signals a hunger from US citizens to see more of this kind of reform, and also points to the wealth and the growing pains a sustainability plan can bring to a city.

A Declaration of Interdependence 


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

2015 Buddhist Festival Photos


More photos of the Buddhist Festival here: Photos by Jan van Raay

Please share your links to photos and we'll post them below.

Come to our Festival debrief meeting if you have ideas for the festival!

Sunday, June 28, 2015
2 pm
3720 SE 34th Ave.

We'll fill out thank you cards along with getting a start thinking about next year's festival. Enji would love to have someone apprentice with her as lead coordinator next year.

Update:
Photos posted by Dharma Rain found here: On Facebook

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Peace in Oneself, Peace in the World



12th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park

All are welcome, it's free!
June 13, 2015
11 am to 4:30 pm

Schedule
  • Opening: 108 bells and incense offering 
  • 12:00 pm: Workshops: Starting a Meditation Practice, Dharma Rain Zen Center; Walking Meditation, Portland Community of Mindful Living 
  • 1:00 pm: Keynote speaker: Jerry Braza, Community of Mindful Living (Arthur Davis, Bell Master)
  • 1:45 pm: Ceremony in 3 parts 
  • 2:30 pm: Panel for discussion: 
    • Alison Shin'ei Brown, Dharma Rain Zen Center 
    • Sakula Mary Reinard, Portland Friends of the Dhamma
    • Jay Stewart, Portland Shambhala
    • Craig Preston, Maitripa College
    •    (MC Brian Landever, Portland Shambhala)
  • 4:00 pm Raffle and free prize drawing
  • 4:10 pm Dharma School Song Sing-along
  • 4:30 pm Closing Dedication

Children's Pavilion Schedule
  • Opening: 108 bells and incense offering 
  • 11:00 am to 4 pm: Find Peace in the World Treasure Hunt, and books, crafts and coloring available
  • 12:00 pm: Meditation and altars for kids by Enji 
  • 1:45 pm: Ceremony in 3 parts 
  • 2:30 pm: Storytime by Enji
  • 4:00 pm Raffle and free prize drawing
  • 4:10 pm Dharma School Song Sing-along
  • 4:30 pm Closing Dedication
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Monday, March 09, 2015

12th Annual Portland Buddhist Festival Planning Meetings

Come to the planning meetings and help make the 12th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park happen!


Date
Schedule Item
What needs doing
March 22
2 pm to 4 pm
(reservation at 1:30 to eat if you wish)
Planning meeting.
Location:
8200 NE Siskiyou 
Find the theme. 
Brainstorm activitiesspeakers
Also, fundraising and vendors
Committees formed such as for children’s activities. 
April 19
Planning Meeting 
3720 SE 34th
Schedule solidified, reports from committees and on funds. Begin assigning volunteers to positions and loaners of equipment.
(mid-May)
Paperwork and fees due to the City of Portland for the park rental.
It has been signed by fire, police, and health departments, and turned in and paid. Total costs will be about $1800. 
May 17
Planning Meeting
3720 SE 34th
Volunteer roles are assigned. Equipment to be borrowed are assigned.
June 13
Festival in the Park
Colonel Summers Park
People learn about and celebrate Buddhism.
June 28
Debrief Meeting
Share kudos and improvements, sign thank you cards, celebrate.






Sunday, June 29, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Want to get involved?

Come to the festival debrief meeting and share your thoughts and help sign thank you cards.

Sunday, June 29, 1 pm

Saturday, June 14, 2014

One Breath - Action and Insight



11th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park

All are welcome, it's free!

June 14, 2014

11 am to 5 pm
Colonel Summers Park

Schedule


Children's Pavilion Schedule

  • 12 pm:     Opening with Ringing of the Bell 108 times
  • 11:00 am to 4:00 pm: Dharma Treasure Hunt; crafts and coloring; books
  • 12:15 pm: Dances of Universal Peace with Alys Allwardt and Keith Moree
  • 1:30 pm:   Storytime with craft with Heidi Enji Hoogstra, BPF Portland
  • 2:15 pm:   Dharma School Song Sing-along 
  • 2:30 pm:   Stories, songs, games with Mark Douglass, Portland Shambhala
  • 3:45 pm:   Raffle Drawing
  • 4:00 pm:   Monks of Gaden Shartse Dokhang

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Planning Meetings, 11th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park

Come to the planning meetings and help make the 11th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park happen!
Our theme: One Breath - Action and Insight

Date
Schedule Item
What needs doing
March 23
2 pm to 4 pm
Planning meeting.
Location:
Sckavone’s Restaurant
4100 SE Division St
Find the theme. We also want to get started on activities related to theme, possible speakers, etc. Also, fundraising and vendors. Committees formed such as for children’s activities. 
April 27
Planning Meeting 
Schedule solidified, reports from committees and on funds. Begin assigning volunteers to positions and loaners of equipment.
(May 15)
Paperwork and fees due to the City of Portland for the park rental.
It has been signed by fire, police, and health departments, and turned in and paid. Permit fees $1030. Total costs will be about $1800. We have almost $500 carried over from last year.
June 1
Planning Meeting
Location TBD
Volunteer roles are assigned. Equipment to be borrowed are assigned.
June 14
Festival in the Park
Colonel Summers Park
People learn about and celebrate Buddhism.
?June 29
Debrief Meeting
?Thai BBQ
Share kudos and improvements, sign thank you cards, celebrate.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Debrief Meeting


Enjoyed the festival? Have feedback, ideas? Join us for a debrief meeting and signing of thank you cards.

Sunday, June 30
1 pm


Photos from 10th Annual Buddhist Festival


Photos by Jan van Raay


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Photos by Heidi Enji Hoogstra


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Saturday, June 01, 2013

You Are Here: Navigating the Way


10th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park

All are welcome, it's free!

Schedule

  • 11:45 am: Ringing of the Bell 108 times
  • 12:00 pm: Washing of the Baby Buddha Ceremony
  • 12:30 pm: Workshops: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a way to incorporate the tools of Buddhism into your daily life, offered by Laura Jomon Martin; Short Intro to Buddhism, history and concepts, offered by Brenda Fugate, Oregon Buddhist Temple
  • 1:30 pm:  Keynote speaker: Dan Rubin, Portland Shambhala Center, and Maitripa College
  • 2:15 pm: Dharma song sing-along.
  • 2:30 pm: You Are Here Ceremony
  • 3:00 pm: Panel Discussion: Rayna Jacobson, Portland Shambhala Center; Amanda Risser, Dharma Rain Zen Center; Charles Reneau, Oregon Buddhist Temple; Nelly Kaufer, Pine Street Sangha
  • 4:00 pm: Raffle drawing
  • 4:10 pm: Dances of Universal Peace: participatory

Children's Pavilion Schedule

  • 12 noon: Washing the Baby Buddha Ceremony 
  • 12:30 pm: Workshop: Chanting and Drumming by Jason Litts 
  • 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Navigating the Way Treasure Hunt; You Are Here Fridge Magnet creation; coloring; story times
  • 2:15 pm: Dharma song sing-along 
  • 2:30 pm: You Are Here Ceremony 
  • 4:00 pm: Raffle Drawing and Dances  

Help us out by distributing flyers near you at coffee shops, cafes, stores, libraries, wherever you might find bulletin boards...

 2013 Buddhist Festival Quarter Sheet Flyer

 2013 Buddhist Festival Full Sheet Flyer