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.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

A Declaration of InterDependence

13th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park

All are welcome, it's free!
June 4, 2016 CE
11 am to 4:30 pm
Portland, Oregon, United States of America
Earth, Milky Way Galaxy, the Universe

  • 12:00 pmOpening bells and Ceremony: Three Refuges Chant
  • 12:30 pm: Workshop: Beginning a Meditation Practice, Domyo Burk, Bright Way Zen
  • 1:00 pm: Keynote speaker: Stephanie Kaza: author of Mindfully Green; ecology columnist for Buddhist Peace Fellowship's Turning Wheel magazine; Professor Emerita at UVM.
  • 2:00 pm: (approximately): Workshop with Stephanie Kaza
  • 2:30 pm: Panel for Discussion: Domyo Burk, Bright Way Zen; Nelly Kaufer, Pine Street Sangha; Brenda Fugate, Oregon Buddhist Temple; Doug McCanne, Portland Shambhala
  • 4:00 pm: Free Prize Drawing: fill out a survey about your visit and get a free ticket to win a prize.
  • 4:10 pm: 2 Drummers from Portland Taiko!
  • 4:30 pm: Closing

Children's Pavilion Schedule
  • 11:00 am to 4:00 pm: Declaration of InterDependence communal art activity; Treasure hunt; Books, crafts, coloring, and snacks available. 
  • 12:00 pmOpening bells and Ceremony: Three Refuges Chant
  • 1:30-2:30 pm: Dharma Rain Song with Dharma Rain Exercise and Rainsticks: Heidi Enji Hoogstra, Dharma Rain Zen Center and Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Portland
  • 4:00 pm: Free Prize Drawing: any time during the day fill out a survey about your visit and receive a free ticket to win a prize.
  • 4:10 pm: 2 Drummers from Portland Taiko!
  • 4:30 pm: Closing

 Press Release 

The Portland Chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship is delighted to announce that Stephanie Kaza will give the keynote talk for Portland’s Thirteenth Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park. Ms. Kaza brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to the intersection of ecology and Buddhism. In these two realms it is a basic tenet that no individual stands alone, that we all need each other and the flora and fauna of this Earth to survive. We are interdependent. 

In addition to her talk, Stephanie Kaza also leads a workshop supporting the theme. Buddhism offers tools for changing minds and behavior that can be beneficial to individuals and interdependence. Stephanie Kaza has spent a lifetime exploring and teaching this interconnection as a Soto Zen Buddhist, a professor at the University of Vermont, and as author and editor. Portland is enriched by her move here. Her books include Mindfully Green: A Personal and Spiritual Guide to Whole Earth Thinking; Hooked! Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume; Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism

As a city Portland has been feeling the effects of climate change and has enacted plans to become a sustainable city. Microclimate changes have caused more storms and flooding in areas even as the city works to complete major sewer system upgrade. The city’s interdependence is feeling the strain as people seeking this kind of reform migrate here, causing a housing crisis and bringing more vehicles, and pollution, to the streets. This migration signals a hunger from US citizens to see more of this kind of reform, and also points to the wealth and the growing pains a sustainability plan can bring to a city.

A Declaration of Interdependence 

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