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..... _____ ______ ______ _______
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?