Turning Towards Turners Falls: Local Collaboration Serves Underserved Families in Massachusetts USA

Massachusetts USA Zen Peacemakers joined the Montague Catholic Social Ministries group to provide relief for underprivileged families in the Turners Falls area.

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Support Zen Peacemakers in 2017

Zen Peacemakers, inc., as founded by Bernie Glassman, is the home of engaged Buddhism based on the Three Tenets – Not Knowing, Bearing witness and Taking Action. With these three simple principles, Zen Peacemakers has borne witness and engaged today’s most challenging social issues. 2017 promises new global social, ecological and ultimately spiritual challenges. Zen Peacemakers is committed to engage them and we invite you to help.

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بَحِبِّك This Says I Love You: U.S. Couple Addresses Islamophobia with Dialogue and Artivism

Married U.S. couple and co-founders of the Bahebak Project, Azzam, a Muslim Palestinian, and Anna, a Jewish American, speak about their work transforming fear to love. Through the Bahebak Project, they create grassroots community support networks to provide emergency assistance to Syrian refugees, respond to Islamophobia and Anti-Arab Prejudice with dialogue and artivism, and engage in peace-building across difference in the United States and Middle East.

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Inspire Us – Request for Blog Writings

INSPIRE US! Do you have a story to share in the spirit of the Zen Peacemakers and the Three Tenets? Consider writing for the Zen Peacemakers Blog. We are constantly collecting stories, interviews, essays and reflections to share with our international community. Writing can be a great way to practice the three tenets, to re-enter a situation with no bias, to bear witness and explore the ingredients present and consider them from different perspectives. One expression of compassion is said to be “Give No Fear”, and writing can be a way to give, to share with others, fearlessly.

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Support Bone Marrow Donation

Dear Friends, Jeana Teiju Moore, a good friend and a founding member of the Zen Peacemaker Circles, has been walking across the country to raise awareness for the need for bone marrow donors, under the auspices of the Jada Bascom Foundation. Her infant granddaughter was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia at birth and is now thriving, thanks to a donation of bone marrow from a young man in Germany. You can see the story on the website www.stepstomarrow. Both she and the Jada Bascom Foundation have been nominated for awards through the Classy Awards. The nomination and becoming a finalist for the awards were based on merit, but whether they get the award or not depends on how many votes they get. The voting will take place until Oct. 22 (and began Oct. 9). The way it works is that people can vote daily, in each of the two categories. So I’m asking you as a friend and supporter of Jeana and the Jada Bascom Foundation, to look at her website and decide for yourself if you’d like to engage in this process of voting for her and the foundation. To do so you need to: 1. Go to the Classy Awards website, stayclassy.org. 2. Scroll down to near the bottom of the page on the left and click on Nominations. 3. Then click the LA tab (back at the top) and look for the Volunteer category. Please vote for Jeana if you think she is the best candidate. 4. You will then need to register so you can get back in easily daily. 5. Vote again, this time clicking on the NY tab. This time you will be looking for the Small Category of the Year category. (You may need to exit the site and then re-enter in order to cast this second vote. At least I did need to do it this way this morning). Thanks for your attention. If they win in either of these categories it will catapult their foundation’s work to the national stage, which will increase donors for more people in Jada’s situation. If you’d like to pass this on to people in your network, and suggest that they also pass on the info, that would...

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Photos: Patch of Grass to Abundant Harvest!

Deerfield Academy’s boys lacrosse team helping set the garden fence posts. On Earth Day April 2010, we broke ground on a 1/4 acre garden at the Montague Farm. Now in September we are harvesting and serving organic vegetables every week to 60-70 people at our Montague Farm cafe free community meals. This garden was created by many people: Karen Idoine, Ike Eichenlaub, Laurie Smith, Tim Raines, Doug Donnell, Janice Frey, Bonnie Bloom, Dan Smith, Charlie Kerrigan, Henry Marshall, Kanji Ruhl, and the Greenfield Farmers Co-operative Exchange. The fabulous Big Brothers/Big Sisters crew (Ashley, Brooke, and Rachel) and the Deerfield Academy lacrosse team and their coach Jan Flaska have been instrumental. Rosalind Jiko McIntosh has coordinated nurturing of the garden since June. Cucumbers, zucchini, basil, cilantro and carrots being harvested right now. Volunteers to maintain the garden and process the harvest are very welcome. A plot of grass transformed into the Montague Farm Zen House garden Tim Raines on the first round with the rototiller in April. After the Deerfield Academy lacrosse team helped dig a fence trench and set the poles. Karen Idoine and the chicken wire fence in mid May. At last, early plantings in June! Abundance in...

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Sit-For-Change on September 18.

This one is from our friends at the Buddhist Peace Fellowship: September 18th is quickly approaching and Sit-for-Change is gaining momentum! Sit-for-Change is an innovative event weaving together contemplative practice and fund-raising – both of which are important parts of creating a stable, dynamic, and powerful movement for social change. Sit-for-Change is like a walk-a-thon… you can help us raise funds by getting people to pledge you to do contemplative practice for 108 minutes on September 18th.  You can also support this event by pledging one of us! Come sit with us! The BPF community will sit together in Berkeley, and around the country, to care for ourselves while caring for the world. It’s a day for you to practice mindfulness and awareness, while supporting the work of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, and our event partner, Center for Transformative Change. Register for the BPF Community Sit for Change today! On September 18th, spend 108 minutes in practice – sitting with us in Berkeley or on your own, practicing yoga or walking meditation, or whatever activity nourishes you – and invite your friends and family to participate and/or to sponsor your activity. You can also support BPF Community Sit for Change by pledging for one of our staff members or friends. Or you can simply make a donation to support BPF. Learn More Thank you again for all that you do, and for being a part of our community. with deep bows, Sarah...

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New Book on Bearing Witness in Rwanda

This new book made by Fleet Maull and Peter Cunningham recounts their experiences at the first Bearing Witness Retreat in...

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Sign the Charter for Compassion!

Learn more and sign the charter The Charter for Compassion The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect. It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others—even our enemies—is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion. We therefore call upon all men and women ~ to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion ~ to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate ~ to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures ~ to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity ~ to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings—even those regarded as enemies. We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensible to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community. Learn more and sign the...

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Email Your Senator for Burma!

This from the U.S. Campaign for...

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Bodhisattvas Needed in Louisiana

Here’s the idea of the day, from Hozan Alan Senauke of the Clear View Project: How about a Buddhist brigade to Louisiana to help with clean up from this huge mess of an oil spill that will hit land soon? The consequences are projected to be devastating. Here’s a small resource list to get this off the ground: OIL SPILL CLEANUP–To volunteer: 1-866-448-5816.If you have a boat: 425-745-8017. To report oiled wildlife: 1-866-577-1401. Spill-related damages: 1-800-440-0858. (Please repost.) Register to volunteer with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Louisiana Shore Cleanup Facebook Page If you’re interested in connecting with other dharma practitioners who want to go to the Gulf region to volunteer, feel free to comment on this post and find each other. Who wants to take the ball and run with...

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Detroit Street Retreat: May 13th-16th

DETROIT STREET RETREAT SOCIAL ACTION THROUGH BEARING WITNESS May 13th – 16th, 2010 “When we go… to bear witness to life on the streets, we’re offering ourselves. Not blankets, not food, not clothes, just ourselves.” -Bernie Glassman, Bearing Witness We will live on the streets of Detroit, having to beg for money, find places to get food, shelter, to use the bathroom, etc. By bearing witness to homelessness, we begin to see our prejudices directly and to recognize our common humanness. We will stay together as a group and twice a day participate in meditation (in the Buddhist and Christian traditions) and sharing. The donation for the retreat is $250.00. All funds will be donated to Homeless Service agencies and to the non-profit forming to address systemic causes and find solutions to homelessness in Detroit. Registration and payment deadline is May 7, 2010. The retreat is limited to 12 participants on a first come, first served basis. Jeanie Murphy O’ Connor and DaeBulDo Stuart Smith will lead the retreat. To learn more about bearing witness to homelessness, read Bearing Witness by Bernie Glassman. If you have any questions or to register, please contact Jeanie or Ch’anna Lynda Smith at:...

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Petition to Save Lumbini, the Birthplace of Buddha.

This is from the blog Buddhism and not technically a Western Socially Engaged Buddhism, but relates to an article by Westerner Paula Green that we featured in the past. Lumbini is said to be the location of the birthplace of Buddha, which is located in present day Nepal. The importance of Lumbini is not only marking the region where Siddhartha was born but with his birth it is also where Buddhism itself was born. However, the site has fallen into disarray and ruin, unlike it’s more famous pilgrimage site of Bodh Gaya where Buddha was said to have awoken from delusion and realized full enlightenment. In recognition of its religious significance, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Lumbini as a World Heritage Site in 1997. Today, environmental pollution from heavy industry (cement and steel plants) that have located in the Lumbini region of Nepal is degrading air and ground water quality and local agriculture. It is likely impacting human health as well. A campaign has been underway for some years now to stop this desecration of Lumbini’s sacred space. As the collective voice of Lumbini’s friends around the world, LEPA [Lumbini Environmental Protection Alliance] is writing to humbly request your support in an international effort to protect and safeguard Nepal’s Lumbini from the growing impacts of environmental pollution.This petition is an appeal to Nepal’s Ministry of Industry’s Industrial Promotion Board (IPB) to: (1) create an industry-free zone around Lumbini, (2) freeze the establishment of new industries outside of this industry-free area, and (3) strictly monitor existing industrial firms. The document requests that the Ministry of Environment of the Government of Nepal undertake a continuous, professional industrial pollution monitoring and assessment program of the industries and environment in the Lumbini Road Industrial Corridor, with certain provisions as noted therein. Impact on Archaeology in Lumbini Area: Air polluting substances (particulate matter, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and other pollutants) emitted by the factories in Gonaha VDC 6 – 8 and Kamhariya 3 – 6 are likely to damage the Lumbini Ashoka pillar with its inscription and the archaeological remains at the World Heritage Site Lumbini and other archaeological sites. Historic stone structures in Europe, notably the Cathedral of Seville, Spain, have been damaged...

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How to help victims of earthquake in Tibet

Help the victims of the Earthquake from John Pappas at Sweep the dust, Push the dirt.

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Take Action! Buddhist Peace March

We continue of our month of focus on Buddhist activism with a call to action.  This April, Symposium presenter Sister Claire Carter and the Nipponzan Myohoji order of Nichiren Buddhism are joining peace activists organizing walks across the country converging in a national rally in New York City on May 2, 2010 when the United Nations begins its review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Get involved walking, hosting or sponsoring...

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Donate a Cushion to Homeless Meditation Practitioners (Please Forward, Repost, Tweet, Etc.)

This from Kiley Jon Clark at HMP Street Dharma: Dear HMP friends, I need your help this time. Please contact as many Buddhists/People/Meditation/Groups/Temples/Centers as you can…and ask them to please send us some meditation cushions! We have a beautiful Chapel at Haven for Hope, that we are going to be allowed to use for Homeless Meditation Practitioners… When it is our night to use this Chapel, I want it to look, smell, and feel like a real Buddhist Sanctuary…because…it will be…at least for that night…and we want it complete with Alter items, incense, candles, colorful tapestries, etc…and most importantly: Meditation Cushions! Can you send some emails to people you know, and help me get this done, Please? Or if you know a better way to get cushions, let me know…like setting up an account with a company that makes them or something like that…. but I don’t want to ask for money…it would be cool if many, many People and Centers all just sent one Cushion a piece…and then everyone  would have a hand in providing meditation instruction in the Homeless Community. counting on you, [email protected] hmpstreetdharma.org thanks, Kiley Jon Clark PO Box 71 Floresville, Texas 78114 For more about this project for the homeless, follow this...

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