Buddhist Festival in the Park
June 13, 2015
Colonel Summers Park
SE 17th and Taylor, Portland, Oregon

Contact bpfportland@yahoo.com for more information.

Coming years: June 4, 2016.

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


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

Schedule Item
What needs doing
March 23
2 pm to 4 pm
Planning meeting.
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


Photos by Heidi Enji Hoogstra


Saturday, June 01, 2013

You Are Here: Navigating the Way

10th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park

All are welcome, it's free!


  • 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

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Planning Meetings for the Festival

Sunday, February 3

Sunday, March 10

Sunday April 7

Sunday, May 5

All meetings are at 1 pm
Oregon Buddhist Temple
3720 SE 34th Ave  
Meetings are in the basement, except for April 7, main level lobby

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Thank You

Thanks to all who came to the festival.  The feeling of community continues to inspire many.

Thanks go to the groups and individuals who contributed money to the festival. The amount donated this year gives us a good foundation for next year. (See participating groups for a list.)

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Debrief Meeting

Sunday, June 24
2 pm
48th and Powell

If you attended the festival and are excited about it and want to get involved for next year's 10th annual Buddhist Festival in the Park, please come to this meeting.  We'll talk about what worked and what ideas we have for the future.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Buddhist Festival in the Park: Transforming the Heart


  • 11 am: Tabling by participating groups, also throughout the day
  • 12 noon: Bells, Opening Ceremony
  • 12:15: Workshops: 1. Starting a Practicing with Sacred Space; 2. The Ethics of Buddhism, or, What Does it Mean to Be a Buddhist? (see also Children's Pavilion)
  • 1:00 pm: Keynote speaker: Domyo Burk, Bright Way Zen
  • 2:00 pm: Transforming the Heart Ceremony with Blessings for all Beings
  • 3:00 pm: Panel Discussion: Stan Shiigi, Oregon Buddhist Temple; Heidi Enji Hoogstra, Dharma Rain Zen Center, BPF Portland; Sakula Mary Reinard, Portland Friends of the Dhamma; Prajwal Vajracharya, Dance Mandal.
  • 4:00 pm: Free prize drawing
  • Dance Mandal  
Children's Pavilion Schedule

  • 11:00 am to 4:00 pm: Scavenger Hunt and Cooperative Games (coloring, books, and crafts available too)
  • 12:15 pm: Workshop: Chanting and Drumming by Jason Litts
  • 1:00 pm Storytime with craft by Heidi Enji Hoogstra
  • 2:00 pm: Transforming the Heart with Blessings for all Beings
  • 3:00 pm:  Storytime with craft by Ann Shintani Winner 
  • 4:00 pm: Free Prize Drawing and Closing with Dance Mandal

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Festival Planning Meetings

Buddhist Festival Planning

Sunday, May 20
2 pm CANCELLED, not needed

Portland, Oregon

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

2011 Photos

Find photos by Jan Van Raay here.

Photos by Prajwal Vajracharya and various photographers using his camera here.

Ellen Kobe with the Oregonian wrote a nice little article about the day: Portland Buddhist Festival Engages Children.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Sharing the Dharma


Main Pavilion

  • Workshop 12:05 pm: Mindfulness in Daily Life by Peggy Lindquist, Portland Community of Mindful Living, Joyful Refuge Sangha.
Three workshops will be occurring from 12:05 pm to 1:00 pm.  Each is designed to allow people to drop in, so all can attend all three.

Children's Pavilion
  • 11:00 am: Scavenger Hunt with prizes, coloring, and simple craft projects available throughout the day
  • 12:05 pm: Workshop: Chanting with drumming: "Namu Myoho Renge Kyo" offered by Jason Litts of Vancouver Nichiren Sangha
  • 1:00 pm: Storytime with Jody Shintai Dungay, Dharma Rain Zen Center 
  • 2:15 pm: All Beings Blessings Ceremony (includes blessings for people and pets)
  • 3:00 pm: Storytime with Heidi Enji Hoogstra, Dharma Rain Zen Center
  • 3:40 pm: Free prize drawing
  • 4:00 pm: Dance Mandal with Prajwal Vajracharya