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.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Photos from the Buddhist Festival

The weather cooperated, at it's peak there were around 125 people in attendance, and the Buddhist Festival in the Park was full of calm, smiling people.

Jan van Raay took some wonderful photos. Check them out.

Update: photos by Karen Sokyo Swallow.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

About the Day

Portland's third annual Buddhist festival features local teachers from various Buddhist traditions giving introductory talks and leading meditation and other Buddhist practices. While talks occur in the park's main shelter, a children's booth will have story times and activities scheduled during the afternoon. Buddhist communities offer booths with activities and information about their temples.

Many diverse Buddhist communities exist in the greater Portland area. These various denominations share in common the tradition of taking refuge in the Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. These three jewels--the teacher, the teachings, and the spiritual community--form a strong foundation for a rich, affirming spiritual practice. At Finding Refuge all are welcome, whether individuals or families, community members or those seeking a Buddhist group, or those simply curious.

Scheduled teachers:
~12:30 pm: Incense offering (any clergy/teachers who are present)
~12:45 pm: Khenpo Choga Rinpoche, Dzogchen Lineage
~1:30 pm: Michael Ryuoh Faulconer, Hoto-ji Portland Nichiren Temple
~2:15 pm: John Masciocchi, Diamond Way
~3:00 pm: Subhan Tindall, Dances of Universal Peace
~3:30 pm: Kyogen Carlson, Dharma Rain Zen Center
~4:15 pm: Doug Pullin, Portland Insight Meditation Community
~5:00 pm: Closing Dedication (any clergy/teachers who are present)

Children's Pavilion:
12 pm: Choten, activities (DRZC dharma school teacher)
1 pm: Sibelia, activities (dharma school mom)
2 pm: Enji, story and activities (DRZC dharma school teacher)
3 pm: Dick, story and activities (NWDA and dad)
4 pm: Adhi, refining rocks, refining mind (Buddha Powers)

Participating groups so far include:
Portland Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Nichiren Temple of Portland
Northwest Dharma Association
Oregon Buddhist Temple
Great Vow Monastery (Zen Community of Oregon)
Portland Diamond Way Buddhist Center
Northwest Vipassana Center
Dharma Rain Zen Center
Portland Insight Meditation Community
Portland Sakya Center
Buu Hung Temple of Vancouver
Dances of Universal Peace
tibetanprayerflag.com (Tibet A Gift)
Dzogchen Institute, Portland Chapter
Zen Center of Portland
Buddha Powers
Kagyu Changchub Chuling (KCC)
Maitripa Institute

Friday, May 12, 2006

Fundraiser: Book Talk by Sallie Jiko Tisdale

Around a dozen people attended Jiko's talk. She spoke of the history of lineage and how we work with it in our spiritual practice. She also spoke of her own process involved in uncovering this hidden history of women in Buddhism. She read some of the stories to us, a wish from the audience. The amount we raised from this intimate group came to $69, which helps us cover the costs of the festival!

Women of the Way: Discovering 2,500 Years of Buddhist Wisdom

Friday, May 26, 2006, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Portland Dharma Center
SE 25th and Madison, Portland, Oregon

Fundraiser for Portland's 3rd Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park: Finding Refuge

Oregon author Sallie Tisdale will give a reading and talk on her latest book, "Women of the Way: Discovering 2,500 Years of Buddhist Wisdom" at the Portland Dharma Center on May 26. Ms. Tisdale offers this talk as a fundraising benefit for the 3rd annual celebration of Buddhism in Portland known formerly as Change Your Mind Day. This year the festival will have the theme "Finding Refuge," which will be held on June 3 in Colonel Summers Park in Southeast Portland.

Ms. Tisdale's book finds an eager audience among Zen Buddhists. A fellow congregant at her home temple says, "It is entirely appropriate and inspiring that a lay Buddhist and now ordained monk with over 20 years of Buddhist practice has uncovered and celebrated a lineage of teachers and notable disciples long ignored, shunned or forgotten due to their gender." He says her book is "insightful and compassionate," and is "a gift to all people on a spiritual path."

Organizers of the festival are delighted to have Ms. Tisdale offer her skills in support of the Buddhist festival. Her own teacher, Kyogen Carlson of Dharma Rain Zen Center, will be one of the teachers giving a talk on June 3. At the free festival, "Finding Refuge," all are welcome, whether individuals or families, community members or those seeking a Buddhist group, or those simply curious.

A $5 donation is requested from those attending the book talk on May 26, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Dharma Rain Zen Center will have books available for sale, and Sallie Jiko Tisdale will be available to sign books after her talk. Portland Dharma Center requests visitors avoid parking in front of neighbors' houses, and use the Rivermark parking lot on Hawthorne. Bus lines 14, 70, and 15 are nearby. Directions found here.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Letter to Tricycle

Dear Tricycle, Tricycle board members, and CYM Coordinator,

The Portland, Oregon collection of Buddhist communities is withdrawing from Change Your Mind Day, and we would like to explain why. Please remove Portland, Oregon's link from your CYMD web page.

Last year you began accepting money from the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation. The original organizers kept that connection low-key, since they had reservations over the founder of that organization. It has come to our attention that this year a significant number of American Zen teachers requested you sever the connection to the F. P. Lenz Foundation, and you refused, citing the need for the money given.

We in Portland find we cannot ignore the dubious roots of this foundation, nor do we feel it appropriate to lend legitimacy to such an organization by associating with it. There are other ways to find money, and the damage done to the Dharma and to Buddhism in America is not worth it. Frederick P. Lenz, otherwise known as "Zen Master Rama," was neither a Zen master nor a trustworthy teacher.

We have a vital Buddhist community in Portland, and we would like to be a vital part of the national collective community. Here in the Northwest, we have a regional identity and collective that grows yearly. We appreciate the intention and effort that you have put into creating a nationwide opportunity to celebrate and teach about Buddhism. We recognize there are many paths to the dharma, but we must also take care with the dharma.


Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Portland Chapter
(3 individuals signed)
Portland Insight Meditation Community
Rev. Jundo Gregory Gibbs, Oregon Buddhist Temple (established 1903)
Kyogen Carlson, Abbot of Dharma Rain Zen Center
Terri Luoto, member NW Dharma Association
Peggy Lindquist, member Portland Community of Mindful Living
Suzan Hilton, Dzogchen Institute, Portland Chapter

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Update Regarding Buddhist Festival in the Park

This festival will not be called "Change Your Mind Day" here in Portland.

Here is my letter to the Portland Buddhist Community:

It has come to my attention that there is good reason not to associate Portland's Buddhist Festival in the Park with Tricycle's Change Your Mind Day. Considering there already has been ambivalence from some of you over the name "Change Your Mind Day" and from others over Tricycle, this recent development tips the scale for those of us involved in the planning. With the growing strength of our connections to each other through the Northwest Dharma Association, we also feel we don't need the national connection via Tricycle.

We will still have our Buddhist Festival in the Park on June 3, and I am still looking for support from you in the planning. So far Oregon Buddhist Temple, Nichiren Buddhist Temple, and my group, Portland BPF, have indicated intent to help. We may conduct most of our planning via email. At this late date, I doubt we will change the format significantly.

I plan to write a letter to Tricycle explaining our withdrawal. Before I send it, and before I publish it on our web page I will share it with you and welcome your feedback. I hope those of you who feel strongly about this will want to co-sign it. Long story short: last year Tricycle began receiving funding from the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation. Recipients of funds are asked to distribute published works of Frederick P Lenz, once known as Zen Master Rama, a coercive cult leader with no affiliation to a particular Zen lineage. Since Tricycle gave no explicit directions regarding those materials, some of the planners last year simply recycled the books. This year, quite a few American Zen teachers sent a letter to Tricycle asking the magazine to sever the connection to the Lenz Foundation. The Zen teachers felt, as does Portland BPF, that such a connection lends undue legitimacy to Zen Master Rama. Personally I find it very disturbing that followers of this dead cult leader are remaking the 'brand' of their dubious teacher much the same way Rajneeshis are marketing Bhagwan Rajneesh as 'Osho'. Sadly, Tricycle's response to the American Zen teachers was dismissive, much the same way they responded to our concerns last year.

If any of you have concerns about severing the connection to Tricycle, please let me know. At first I intended to send a survey out asking how this would affect your participation, but considering the history of ambivalence, I was pretty sure about the response I'd get. Let me know if you have anything you'd like to say in the letter to Tricycle.