Special BPF Essay and Action Alert

December 12, 2006

BPF Logo - SmallThe BPF Newsletter Editor has sent us an announcement about a new BPF essay and an action alert. The essay is a reflection on the recent elections from a Buddhist perspective. The alert is for a peace delegation to Washington D.C. at the end of next month.

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We have just posted an essay written by BPF staff member Hozan Alan Senauke with reflections on the 2006 U.S. Elections from a Buddhist perspective. An excerpt is included below with a link to the full article.

We also invite you to join us in Washington, DC, Jan 26-29, to be part of the 2nd Buddhist Peace Delegation. Please read on for more details…

1. Reflections on the 2006 U.S. Elections and Finding the Way Forward Together

The most powerful lesson we can learn from last month’s mid-term elections is that participation in U.S. electoral politics is still possible—and that, to some extent, it works. Millions of people of all political stripes participated by walking precincts, knocking on doors, staffing phone banks, and raising money. Some of this was organized by well-financed lobbies and by the major political parties, but much of it was grassroots organized and led. We at the Buddhist Peace Fellowship believe that it was this grassroots involvement that made the critical difference.After the past five years of voting rights being violated and dubious election results, it is heartening to realize, that it is possible for every vote to be counted, and that every vote counts! As Joanna Macy and other Buddhist teachers point out, principles of democracy have always been strong in the Buddha’s teachings on community. We are grateful to see this upsurge in citizen participation and civil dialogue as well as engagement with the issues…

Read the full essay here

2. Join the Buddhist Peace Delegation, Jan 26-29!

Buddhists and friends from all spiritual traditions: let’s come together to manifest the change we are seeking in the world—peacefully and compassionately being together. Join our contingent of peacemakers, inspired by the way of peace taught by Thich Nhat Hanh, Joanna Macy, H.H. the Dalai Lama, and many other teachers.We will sit, stand, listen, and walk together in the streets of Washington D.C. with thousands of people for a major march organized by United for Peace and Justice to follow up on the mandate for peace from the 2006 elections.

The Delegation will begin on Friday evening, Jan 26, with a meditation and teach-in led by David Loy (author of “The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory”), Bhante Suhita Dharma, and other BPF members and friends. We’ll march together on Saturday, and then meet with Congressional representatives on Monday. We hope to see you for some or all of the weekend!

More about the 2007 Buddhist Peace Delegation

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