15th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park
June 2, 2018
11 am to 4:30 pm
Colonel Summers Park
SE 17th and Taylor St, Portland, Oregon

Contact bpfportland@yahoo.com for more information.

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

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Followup from the Festival Discussions

We had very low attendance for our discussions about the name and other issues of our annual Buddhist Festival in Portland. I hoped that with a more diverse participation and with dialog that we could begin to mold our day of teaching and celebration towards something that all Portland Buddhist communities would be proud to participate in. I have to assume that the small number of responses means that the majority of communities are neutral about the name and/or affiliation with Tricycle. I also assume that participation by at least 19 groups in 2004, at least 24 groups (and 3 restaurants) in 2005 indicates that a Buddhist festival in the park is quite welcome, no matter the name.

Attending: me (facilitator) representing Portland Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Reverend Faulconer (host) and George (host) representing Nichiren Buddhist Temple, Adam? representing Portland Insight Meditation Community, and Suzan representing the Portland Chapter of the Dzogchen Institute.

I also received feedback from Rev. Gibbs representing the Oregon Buddhist Temple, and Michael Conklin representing Kagyu Changchub Chuling.

Considering the strong dislike of the name registered by OBT and PIMC, but the equally strong wish of PdxBPF and NBT to maintain a connection with the national celebration, those of us at the second meeting (George, Suzan, and I) propose this:

A Buddhist Festival in the Park: Change Your Mind Day 2006. By making CYMD a subtitle (and a smaller font) we emphasize the nature of our local event, but still keep the connection to other cities.

We also propose that you consider this next year a transition. BPF and Tricycle are aware of the reservations over the name, and the nature of this national day of teaching and celebration could change with the times. We also considered the idea of "Choose Your Mind Day." and PIMC suggested "Buddhafest." These or others could become the name in the future. Meanwhile, we feel it is vital to remember we got attention from an Oregonian reporter because of the tie-in to the national event.

Snapshot, as best I can interpret the responses:

..........Like..Neutral..Dislike..Strongly Dislike
Name...... 1 ... 2 .... 1 ........ 2
to Tricycle 1 .. 2 ..... 3 ........ 0
to BPF ... 4 .. 2
Park .... 4 .. 2

We briefly discussed not having it in the park, but considering the scope of the event, we could not afford an appropriate indoor venue. Other positive aspects of the park include inviting public space, decent parking nearby, and flexibility of teaching space, entertainment space, and booth space. We do want to plan a back-up for an extraordinarily rainy day. We've been lucky so far with sunny/ very light rain days.

This next year we hope to have more entertainment for a "second stage", our "Children's Pavilion". It would be nice to fill the time in that space with music and songs, storytelling, poetry, movement, dance, and other Dharma related activities, as well as Rev. Adhisila's popular rock refining. To continue the momentum and expansion, we really need more consistent, committed volunteers.

In Peace,
Enji Hoogstra

Highlights of the Discussion:

"We would however like to say that we are not attached to the current name of the event or continued association with Tricycle magazine. It would seems more to the point to have a name that reflected the local atmosphere of our local Buddhist community and did not seem so contrived. Our sense of the importance of this event is that it creates an opportunity for people to find out about local resources related to Buddhist practice and study." Michael Conklin on behalf of the KCC Program Council

"I strongly dislike the name (its odd and doesn't connote anything about Buddhism to non-Buddhists. It ties us to Tricycle which I find to be an incredible disappointment at this juncture.... "Change your mind day" doesn't mean anything to most people" Rev. Gibbs, Oregon Buddhist Temple

"I like being connected at least one day with everyone else, sometimes I feel like the lone ranger and Tonto is on break. ...It seems to me that when something is really working then why change it. ...CYMD has a certain ring, provocative is good for publicizing." Suzan leads a small practice group with the Dzogchen Institute.

"People who don't know much about the Buddhists in Portland, or even have only a minor interest in Buddhism may find out about the event only by reading Tricycle magazine." Aaron, Portland BPF "CYMD is very much about providing people with an introduction to Buddhist meditation. Here in Portland we have the opportunity to also celebrate the many cultures of Buddhism and to create a time and place for interaction among our many groups." Tina, Portland BPF

"In our culture we have strong associations with certain days of the year....last Thursday in November, the 4th of July, Mayday, and so on. In most other religions there is a consciousness of important days, and they are almost universally shared among all denominations. In Buddhism we don't have that. We have Bodhi Day and Wesak, or Buddha's Birthday, but these are not universally celebrated on the same day. Different denominations from different origins calculate different days for these. I see this festival as a chance to create a feeling of community nationally and internationally." I said that.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Questions to consider

One sangha sent a representative to Tuesday's meeting. I am encouraging more to come to Friday, and if they cannot, to respond to the questions of the meeting's agenda by email or by phone. Here are the things to consider:


A couple of communities have expressed dislike of the name "Change Your Mind Day" (CYMD) and a few communities have expressed support. This process is an attempt to get a clearer understanding of the wishes of all Buddhist communities in the Portland area. We also hope that through consensus decision-making techniques we will have greater buy-in and participation from more groups in the area.

Some clarifications to consider

In the past Tricycle has asked a very specific structure of local festivals. They have relaxed those strictures, and it is now possible to hold it indoors. I was also told, "if you want to downplay the name but still be included in the Change Your Mind Day network it is fine with us." There are many positive aspects to holding it in the park that we would lose if we held it indoors, but it is actually the limitations of park rental that do not allow any of us to sell things or accept donations, not Tricycle. We would also like to remind you that the Buddhist Peace Fellowship is also a national sponsor. You may see the full guidelines for CYMD here. Tricycle's CYMD coordinator had this to say about the name, "we try to be true to the teachings and feel that Change Your Mind captures the essence of dharma in a nutshell-the mind is the root of the suffering, and by changing it we can lead happier lives-by becoming more mindful, tranquil, and gaining insight."

Questions for your consideration[Friday's agenda]

a quick snapshot of your views:

..................Like ......Neutral ...Dislike ..Strongly Dislike
The name..... _____ ______ ______ _______
National participation
with Tricycle _____ ______ ______ _______
with BPF..... _____ ______ ______ _______
In the Park. _____ ______ ______ _______

Why do you feel the way you do about the above questions?

If not "Change Your Mind Day" what suggestions do you have for a name?

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Listening Circles regarding future CYMD/ Festivals

Two listening circles are scheduled to discuss the future of Change Your Mind Day in Portland. Background on this can be found here. Organizers and Portland BPF hope that there will be as much participation from Portland communities as possible.

Place: Nichiren Buddhist Temple, SE 20th and Yamhill
Days: Monday, September 26 and Friday, September 30
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We will take detailed minutes and put a report here. We have scheduled two times so if your sangha can't send a representative to one evening, perhaps you can the other.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Obon Festival

Saturday, 8-6-05 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Includes festive foods, Dharma talks for those interested in the main chapel
(hondo) of the temple. No charge for Taiko performance, dance performances, karate demos, Ikebana flower-arrangement displays, etc.

No charge for attendance. You only pay if you want to buy some food or gift item. Everyone encouraged to join in the folk dances at the end which commemorate the liberation of the mother of Sakyamuni Buddha's student Maudgalyayana (Mokuren). Held at the Oregon Buddhist Temple, 3720 S.E. 34th Ave. Portland. More info found here.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Delay in Listening Circles

I wrote in NW Dharma News that we would have listening circles on Change Your Mind Day in August, but too busy to get those arranged. I am now aiming for September/October.

Here is the article:

Portland Buddhist Festival Discussions

Portland Buddhist Peace Fellowship is sponsoring a series of listening circles to discuss the question of cooperative Buddhist festivals like Change Your Mind Day. Some Buddhist communities have expressed ambivalence with the name Change Your Mind Day, others with the connection to Tricycle. The organizers of the festival, and Portland BPF, would like to have participation from as many groups as possible from the area. The discussion may include more than an annual introductory festival, but the focus will be on ecumenical Buddhist festivals for the Portland area. After the listening circles, hopefully we will determine a collective wish to keep, or to drop, the name "Change Your Mind Day."

At time of printing the listening circles were not yet scheduled, but with the cooperation of local NWDA board members and affiliated groups, organizers plan to schedule 3 or 4 circles in August, at various times and places to maximize participation. Portland BPF and NWDA encourage area communities to send a representative to at least one of the listening circles with your group's wishes in mind. While the listening circles will have this particular focus, we hope and expect they will further the building of community connections that Change Your Mind Day and Northwest Dharma Association have already fostered.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Change Your Mind Day 2005 Photos

Photos from the 2005 Buddhist Festival can be found here on flickr.

This year, Tricycle posted our report. Several reports from cities can be found here.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Photos from 2004 Change Your Mind Day

2004 was the first year that Portland held a Change Your Mind Day Buddhist Festival. Photos can finally be found here on flickr.

Saturday, June 04, 2005


Saturday, June 4, 2005
12:30 pm to 5:30 pm
lunch for monastics at 11 am
Colonel Summers Park
SE 17th and Taylor

With much gratitude we thank these groups for donating money to CYMD:

`Zen Community of Oregon (Great Vow)
`Portland Buddhist Peace Fellowship
`Longchen Nyingthig Samden Hla Kang Inc.
`Portland Insight Meditation Community
`Zen Center of Portland
`Shakyamuni Tibetan Buddhist Center
`Dance Mandal Institute
`and an individual donor from Seattle's Wat Atamma

In 1993, the Buddhist journal Tricycle initiated a celebration of Buddhism in New York's Central Park, called Change Your Mind Day. Over 40 cities now participate.

Held out of doors as in the time of the Buddha, the name captures the Buddhist thought that suffering begins in the mind, and if we can change it, we can lead happier lives.

During this day teachers from various traditions in Buddhism will give talks and instruction. CYM Day is designed to introduce meditation practices in a friendly, public setting, free of charge. People who are curious, new to Buddhism, or life-long practitioners are invited to relax and enjoy the event. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet Buddhists from the diverse communities in the area.

Many area Buddhist groups will have informational tables. The event will begin and end with the ringing of a bell 108 times.

We thank several individual chefs, and these restaurants for donating food: Thai Lily
Chai Yo

2005 Participating Groups

~ Tricycle
~ Buddhist Peace Fellowship
~ Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism
~ Portland Buddhist Peace Fellowship
~ Nichiren Temple of Portland
~ Zen Community of Oregon and
Great Vow Monastery
~ Portland Insight Meditation Community
~ NW Dharma Association
~ The Portland Miao Fa Chan Temple
~ Dharma Rain Zen Center
~ Portland Sakya Center for Tibetan Buddhism
~ Buddha Powers Temple, Owen Adhisila
~ Portland Shambhala Meditation Center
~ Tibetan Prayer Flags: Prayers of Peace Around the World
~ Oregon Buddhist Temple
~ Pure Heart Sangha and Longchen Nyingthig Samden Hla Kang Inc.
~ Dances of Universal Peace
~ Maitripa Institute
~ Dance Mandal Institute
~ Zen Center of Portland
~ Shakyamuni Tibetan Buddhist Center
~ Kagyu Changchub Chuling
~ Portland Community of Mindful Living
~ NW Vipassana Center
~ Insight Out Theatre Collective
~ Manjusri Lineage of the Buddha Dharma, Corvallis
~ Dzogchen Institute, Portland Chapter