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.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Festival Photos/ Program with Chants

Beautiful photos of the day by Jan van Raay can be found here.

More wonderful photos from the festival can be found here by Eugene Wong.

Update 6/11: More photos found on flickr: kitseeborg.

I was so sorry we ran out of programs for the festival. In past years people weren't so interested in taking them home, and I would end up with a lot extra. So this year I severely underestimated the amount we'd need, and we were stretched pretty thin with volunteers, making it difficult to arrange a copy-run. Here is the Program. The Karaniya Metta Sutta can be found here. The version we used of the Heart Sutra can be found here.

Update regarding attendees: our volunteer counter reports 825 attendees, plus 110 people staffing booths and workshops, so we approached 1,000 people attending. At our busiest point, 350 people were in attendance.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Path of Compassion Buddhist Festival

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Talks by Reverend Jundo Gregory Gibbs of the Oregon Buddhist Temple, Professor James Blumenthal of the Maitripa Institute.

Celebratory Ceremony including blessings for people and pets.

Workshops on various Buddhist practices.

Panel discussion on the theme Path of Compassion. Members of the panel: Michael Conklin of KCC. Clark Hansen of Portland Yeshe Nyingpo. Possibly Owen Adhisila of Awaken Portland/ Buddha Powers. Susan Andree of the Nien-Fo Ch'an Order. Jacqueline Mandell of Leadership from a Pure Heart. Hogen Bays of Great Vow Monastery.

Children's pavilion with various activities: contests, stories, rock polishing meditation, meditation instruction for kids, and more.

Enjoy food from Sawasdee Thai, Buddhist items for sale from Tibet A Gift and Buddhist Peace Fellowship.

12:00 PM Opening Ceremony
12:30 PM Reverend Gibbs speaks
1:00 PM Workshop: Meditation practices
1:30 PM Professor Blumenthal speaks
2:00 PM Workshop: Altars and offerings
2:30 PM Main Ceremony with Blessings
3:30 PM Workshop: Metta practices, dynamic meditation practices
4:00 PM Panel Discussion
5:00 PM Burmese Dancing
5:15 PM Closing Dedication Ceremony

Children's Pavilion Schedule
12:00 PM Opening Ceremony
12:30 PM Dharma-thon
1:00 PM Rock Polishing Meditation
1:30 PM Spiritual Science Projects
2:00 PM Altar Art Project
2:30 PM Main Ceremony with Blessings
3:30 PM Cooperative Contests
4:00 PM Storytime
4:30 PM Kids Say the Darnedest Things
5:00 PM Burmese Dancing

Help distribute fliers at community centers, family hangouts, coffee shops, even pet hangouts (think of the pet blessings). Print them from here, or ask for hard copies.

Full page flier
Full page flier with color background
Quarter sheet 2-sided handbill

Participating Groups:

(most of these groups will have tables at the festival)
Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Portland (vendor, main sponsor)
Northwest Dharma Association
Portland Yeshe Nyingpo
Oregon Buddhist Temple
Maitripa Institute
Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition

Dharma Rain Zen Center
Awaken Portland
Zen Center of Portland
Portland Diamond Way
Mercy and Wisdom Healing Center
TibetanPrayerFlags (Tibet A Gift) (vendor)
Portland Insight Meditation Center
Kagyu Changchub Chuling
Leadership from a Pure Heart
Great Vow Monastery/ Zen Community of Oregon
Nichiren Buddhist Temple of Portland
Oregon Meditation Center
Tinh Xa Ngoc Son
Miao Fa Chan Temple
Sawasdee Thai (food vendor)
Huilin Temple
Portland Community of Mindful Living
Mahasiddha Buddhist Center
Sky High Productions (filming)

Festival Expenses and Donations Spreadsheet

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

2007 Planning, Proposal

Portland BPF has a proposal for the annual Buddhist Festival in the Park, and we also hope you will help with some decisions we need to make collectively.

First, last year we chose not to align ourselves with Tricycle's "Change Your Mind Day," but we did choose to hold our festival on the same day. This year, Tricycle is holding CYMD on September 15, a time I imagine already packed with activities for you and your sangha members. What are your feelings on the day we choose to hold our festival? The first Saturday in June lands us during the Rose Festival. NWDA member groups have been interested in a collective festival for Buddha's Birthday. Perhaps we could choose to do this the last day in May, giving individual groups a chance to hold their own ceremonies earlier in the month, and we could include a collective ceremony as part of our park festival.

Second, we at Portland BPF propose to change the format of the park festival. Rather than many talks, we would feature about 3 dharma talks from teachers of different traditions, and during other parts of the day we would have workshops and/or discussion panels. During the workshops/panels, basic instructions for various Buddhist practices would take place, among other things. This would leave the dharma talks open for the teachers to talk about the dharma, weaving in our theme for the year. The workshop/panel format would allow for more involvement from more sanghas, plugging in qualified people where they see fit.

We would continue to have the Children's Pavilion, and the lineup of booths from sanghas. The Children's Pavilion could also schedule special events for kids without competing with the dharma talks. This new format for the day would allow for more flexibility for attendees and for teachers, making it possible for people to visit booths without missing dharma talks, or whatever piece of the festival they are interested in.

If you or a representative of your sangha is attending NW Dharma Association's annual meeting, perhaps we can touch base sometime during the day. If we choose collectively to continue with a Saturday in Spring, planning for this needs to happen now. Let me know your thoughts on the day, and the proposed format.

Thank you,
Enji Hoogstra

PS I have not addressed the issue of whether we align with Tricycle's Change Your Mind Day. Our parent organization, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, is again co-sponsoring the festival. The Frederick P Lenz Foundation is also still a co-sponsor. Local events are not required to promote materials from the Foundation. I do not have the heart to put myself in the middle of that question again, but if enough people feel strongly about that connection, please, somebody begin the conversation...I will post it at the website, and others may comment.