Buddhist Peace Delegation on YouTube!

February 28, 2007

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The latest BPF update from Maia includes a link to the Buddhist Peace Delegation on YouTube!

[message from Maia follows]


—– Original Message —–

Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 12:06 PM

Subject: [Bpf Chapters] BPF Update from Maia

To: BPF Chapters and Friends
From: Maia

Dear friends,

Please forgive me for being out of touch with all of you for a while. My personal life has been full of transitions, some of them very painful as my relationship with my partner ended quite unexpectedly during this past month. I have received much support from my sangha in the BPF office and in other parts of my life, and I am grateful to have a dharma practice that gives me a sense of spaciousness in the midst of some pretty intense feelings. I always remember something that Joanna Macy once said about there being more room in a broken heart to feel the suffering of the world, and that feels quite true right now. I haven’t had the capacity to act or respond much to that larger suffering lately, in the service of taking care of my own, but then I remember that all of you are out there and I smile at the true meaning of ‘sangha.’

I am slowly getting back up to speed with BPF-related work, and I have some items to share with you:
1) Please post to your lists: Nevada Peace Walk, and FOR/BPF Buddhist Delegation to Colombia
2) March 6 Chapter Council Teleconference — You’re Invited!
3) Buddhist Peace Delegation on YouTube!

1) Please post to your lists: Nevada Peace Walk, and FOR/BPF Buddhist Delegation to Colombia
First, two important events that BPF is co-sponsoring in the next two months. Please help us by forwarding these announcements to members of your groups and anyone else who might be interested. Please note: We’d LOVE for someone from one of our chapters to go on the Colombia Delegation. If you are a chapter member and you’re interested, please let us know if we can do anything to support you — some financial assistance may be available for members of currently active BPF chapters.

March 27 – April 1: Nevada Peace Walk
Join us for this walk in the footsteps of a long legacy of peace walkers and spiritual leaders to draw attention to the nuclear dangers that continue to threaten our sacred planet and the community of life. This interfaith pilgrimage, co-sponsored by BPF, begins in Las Vegas and travels to the gates of the Nevada Test Site. For more info, visit: http://www.nevadadesertexperience.org/programs/peacewalk.htm

April 25 – May 12: FOR/BPF Buddhist Delegation to Colombia
Join Linda Ruth Cutts (of San Francisco Zen Center) and Sarah Weintraub on a journey to Colombia to meet with people creating peace in the midst of civil war. The delegation will visit women’s and youth groups, travel to rural peace initiatives, meet with faith-based human rights advocates, Buddhist practitioners, and government officials, and immerse ourselves in the beauty and warmth of Colombia and its culture. Delegation members will practice meditation (zazen), chant, observe periods of silence, share vegetarian meals, and practice deep listening, exploring this experience in Colombia in light of Buddhist practice. The trip will end with a 3-day meditation intensive. Co-sponsored by Fellowship of Reconciliation and Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Apply by March 14. For more info, visit: http://www.forcolombia.org/delegation/buddhist
Please note: We’d LOVE for someone from one of our chapters to go on the Colombia Delegation. If you are a chapter member and you’re interested, please let us know if we can do anything to support you — some financial assistance may be available for members of currently active BPF chapters.

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2) March 6 Chapter Council Teleconference — You’re Invited!
Second, all of you are invited to join our bi-monthly Chapter Council teleconference, next Tuesday, March 6. We’ll spend an hour together ‘meeting’ each other on the phone, sharing ideas and inspirations from our chapters and other BPF groups. There is a core group of 5 Regional Representatives (Enji from the Western States, Delia from California, Lynne from the Midwestern States, Joan from the Northeastern States, and Rick from the Southeastern States) plus myself who have been meeting like this for nearly two years now, and we are happy to open these calls up to anyone else who would like to join, in the spirit of weaving our web. Here’s the call-in information:

Date: Tues, March 6
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm (PACIFIC TIME — please adjust for your time zone!)
Call-in: 1-605-725-3600
Access code: 94703#

If the long distance phone call is a problem for you, the BPF office can reimburse the cost of your call if you send us a copy of your phone bill.

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3) Buddhist Peace Delegation on YouTube!
Finally, a treat for you from our January Buddhist Peace Delegation in Washington, DC. Paul Davis, a BPF member in Cincinnati who came to DC that weekend, created a great slideshow (with a soundtrack!) that’s now up on YouTube. Here’s the link — enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-Hfvelze0c

okay, that’s it for now… Please remember that at any time, any of you can post a message to this list simply by writing an email to bpfchapters [at] bpf [dot] org. There are over 100 people on this list from BPF Chapters and “Friends” groups across the globe. This is a great place to post news of what your chapter has been doing, ask questions you might have, or share ideas. We’d love to know more about you!

in the dharma,
Maia

Maia Duerr
Executive Director/Chapter Coordinator
Buddhist Peace Fellowship

PO Box 3470, Berkeley, CA 94703
ph: 510-655-6169 ext. 311; fax: 510-655-1369
http://www.bpf.org

“Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

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