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.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Aluminum Bottles For Sale

The bottles feature the image of the Buddha Touching the Earth, created for Portland's Buddhist Festival in the Park by Jason Litts. Below the image, the words:
Buddhist Festival in the Park
Portland, Oregon


Bottles were purchased from Identity-Links, a family-owned company based in the United States.

Debrief Meeting

If you attended the festival and would like to get involved for next year, please join us for the debrief meeting:

Sunday, July 12, 2009
Oregon Buddhist Temple
3720 SE 34th Ave, Portland

2 pm to 4 pm (or earlier)

We discuss what worked well, what didn't work, and ideas for the future.

Here is the feedback we received at the festival.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Photos by Jan van Raay

Jan took some lovely photos as is her way.

You can find them here.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Touching the Earth
Buddhist Festival in the Park 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009
11 am to 4:30 pm

Children's Pavilion

spiritual science projects
cooperative contests
stories and drama
community craft project
meditative activities
drinks and snacks

living zen, living green
establishing a daily practice

Teaching Pavilion
keynote speaker
panel discussion

volunteers needed at 8:30 am and throughout the day until 5:30 pm


Teaching Pavilion

  • 11 am: Tabling by participating groups, food vendors, Buddhist goods vendors: available through the day
  • 12 noon: Opening Ceremony
  • 12:15 pm: Keynote speaker: Michael Conklin, Kagyu Changchub Chuling
  • 1 pm: Workshops: Establing a Daily Practice, Jeanna Annen Moyer; Living Zen, Living Green, Genko Rainwater; Chanting for daily practice
  • 2 pm: Singing of Dharma School songs
  • 2:45 pm: Panel Discussion: Jim Blumenthal, Maitripa Institute; David Kakumyo Lowe, Dharma Rain Zen Center; Brenda Sexton Fugate, Oregon Buddhist Temple; Jason Litts, Nichiren Shu Temple
  • 3:45 pm: Raffle drawing
  • 4 pm: Yasuko Fields, Koto Player, and friends
  • 4:20 pm: Closing Dedication

Children's Pavilion

  • 12:15 pm to 4:30 pm: Ongoing activities: story times; coloring; community art project
  • 12 noon: Opening Ceremony
  • 12:30 pm: Spiritual Experiments
  • 1:00 pm: Dharma-thon
  • 1:30 pm: Creating your own spiritual space, meditation instruction
  • 2:00 pm: Singing of Dharma School Songs
  • 2:45 pm: Relay Races
  • 3:15 pm: Jataka Tales: Puppet shows and flannel board story
  • 3:45 pm: Raffle drawing
  • 4:00 pm: Yasuko Fields, Koto Player, and friends

Participating Groups:

(most of these groups will have tables at the festival)
Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Portland (main sponsor)
Portland Yeshe Nyingpo
Oregon Buddhist Temple
Maitripa Institute
Dharma Rain Zen Center
Mercy and Wisdom Healing Center
Zen Center of Portland
Portland Insight Meditation Community
Kagyu Changchub Chuling
Nichiren Buddhist Temple of Portland
Diamond Way, Portland
NW Portland Ministries
NW Vipassana Association as taught by S.N. Goenka
Zen Community of Oregon
In Defense of Animals
Touching Earth Sangha
Portland Community of Mindful Living


Tibet A Gift: assortment, Tibetan prayer flags, imports
BPF Portland: assortment, festival keepsake metal water bottles, personalized Ensos by Enji; tickets for raffle prizes
Nakayama Butsudans: Butsudan products such as Prayer Beads, Candles, Kyo Tables, Japanese Bells, Buddhist Gongs, Omamori Cases and much more

Food Vendors

Vegi Dog: all vegan hot dogs and sausages made by Turtle Island Foods (Hood River) with local and organic fixin's
Todbott's Triangles: Rice Balls, vegan and salmon
Sol Pops (find Sol Pops on Facebook)
Nichiren Buddhist Temple: yakisoba noodles

About the Theme: Touching the Earth

The green movement and Buddhist teachings go very well together. It is said when Shakyamuni sat under the Bodhi Tree, and Mara, the great distracter, questioned his right to be there and to find enlightenment, that Shakyamuni touched the earth, and the earth was his witness. For centuries, Buddhist monastics have vowed to live simply on what is given them. Buddhism teaches that we are all connected, and as interconnected beings we wish to take good care of our connection with the earth, water, and sky.

The Greening of Buddhism

The image of the Buddha touching the Earth was created for the festival by Jason Litts, artist and graphic designer, and member of the Nichiren-Shu Temple.

Special thanks go to Oregon Buddhist Temple for hosting our planning meetings, and for having the most, and most consistent, members participating in the planning.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Raffle Prizes

Fill out a survey at the festival and receive 1 free ticket.
Buy 1 ticket for $1, 6 tickets for $5.
enter tickets in drawings for specific prizes

Bodhidharma Statue
mid-Century ceramic

anonymous donor

$30 donation to Mercy Corps
in the name of the winner
Burma: post-cyclone rubuilding in the Irrawaddy Delta

Global Warming: local sustainability initiatives around the world
anonymous donor

A Segment of a Taoist Sutra
art by Karen Sokyo Swallow

$70 value
donated by Karen Sokyo Swallow

$100 Gift Certificate (2)
Massage and Health Consultation

Mercy and Wisdom Healing Center
donated by Mercy and Wisdom Healing Center

Chinese Pottery Piece
$100 value (cat not included)

donated by Mercy and Wisdom Healing Center


Women's Spring/Summer Kimono
Size Medium, seems to be rayon/polyester
Hand sewn, large informal sash

anonymous donor

Women's yukata (cotton summer kimono)
Size Medium, hand sewn. Smaller informal sash

anonymous donor


1 Hour Relaxing and Therapeutic Massage

Leah Hinchcliff, LMT
$60 value
donated by Leah Hinchcliff

1 Pair Vintage Eyeglass Frames
Grecian Beauty Black

around 40 years old, never used
$25 value

donated by Enji

1 Pair Vintage Eyeglass Frames
Grecian Beauty Bermuda Sand

around 40 years old, never used
$25 value

donated by Enji

Buddha Touching the Earth
Community Art Project

created by attendees of the Buddhist Festival in the Park
value: priceless


$10 Gift Certificate
The Modern Hippie

Classy Goods from Near and Far
4912 SE Division St.

donated by The Modern Hippie


2 tickets for Saturday, June 27, 7:30 showing
of Portland Center Stage's

Crazy Enough

written and performed by Storm Large
directed by Chris Coleman

$58 value

anonymous donor

$35 Gift Certificate
Old Wives' Tales Restaurant

multi-ethnic menu of vegetarian, chicken and seafood dishes
1300 E Burnside St.
donated by Old Wives' Tales


Set of 6 Lacquered Bowls w/ Lids
50+ years old?

anonymous donor

26 oz. Keepsake Aluminum Water Bottle
with the Buddha Touching the Earth image
$10 value

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Group and Vendor Registrations

Any groups that wish to have a table space at the Buddhist Festival must fill out this form and turn in by May 15:

Buddhist Festival in the Park Tabling Registration

Any groups that wish to sell a few things on consignment at the main information booth, also fill out this form and turn in by May 15:

Buddhist Fest Consignment Sales Application

Any sellers of food or Buddhist-related materials that wish to be a vendor at the festival must fill out this form and turn in by May 1:

Buddhist Fest Vendor Application

The festival is on Saturday, June 13. Set up begins no sooner than 8:30 am. Provided we have food vendors, food will be available starting 11 am. Bells ring at noon and the festival begins.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Planning Meeting

Oregon Buddhist Temple
3720 SE 34th Ave
Sunday, March 15
2 pm (ending no later than 4 pm)

At minimum we will discuss theme and speakers to invite. Registration forms for groups and vendors will be available, and will be posted online by this day.

Bus lines 75 on 39th Avenue, or 9 Powell will get you there.