1,000 PAPER CRANES INSTALLATION
Saturday December 3rd, 1pm
Frank Ogawa / Oscar Grant Plaza
14th & Broadway in Oakland
1,000 Paper Cranes for Occupy Oakland
Despite the violent destruction of the Occupy Oakland encampment, people continue to sit and continue to find ways to contribute to peacemaking at Occupy Oakland.
One of our Occupy Oakland sangha members started this project prior to the first destruction of the camp early on a Tuesday morning. On Wednesday night, after all the colorful tents had been removed, I visited our regular meditation spot to reflect on the merit that had accumulated there from our practice. I cried when I saw that a few paper cranes had survived the demolition of the camp and were still hanging from the trees! Read the full story here.
We will continue to make paper cranes that symbolize peace, beauty, and compassion. We invite you to join us – either by making cranes to send to Oakland or by starting a paper cranes project at your local camp.
We are so excited to see 1,000 paper cranes flying peacefully at Occupy Oakland!
Original Letter, With Paper Crane Instructions
Dear family and friends,
In thinking about connecting with other Socially Engaged Buddhist movements around the world, the Sarvodaya movement in Sri Lanka came to mind. In addition to shelter, water, and basic healthcare, one of the ten basic needs for liberating the spirit, as identified by the Sarvodaya movement, is “a clean and beautiful environment.”
The Senbazuru project is one way that we can simultaneously create beauty and mindfulness at Occupy Oakland. This is a small but powerful project because Senbazuru has a history of representing efforts and intentions of peace. Though the practice of folding 1,000 paper cranes evolved from one Japanese girl’s (Sadako Sasaki) struggle with Leukemia as a result of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, it has since grown to symbolize a desire for world peace in general.
Here’s how you can participate:
A) Fold paper cranes to contribute to our goal of 1,000 (See folding directions below)
C) Donate copies of the children’s book, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. There is a Children’s Area and an Arts and Crafts Area at Occupy Oakland. We hope to engage children and parents in the project through a reading of Sadako and a crane folding session.
D) Spread the word! We invite all to participate! It would be wonderful to have cranes from around the world!
Folding 1,000 cranes will take some time, so this is an on going project. The more people we have involved, the faster the goal can be achieved. Since we are unsure if/when the police will try to disperse the Occupy Oakland community, time is a sensitive matter. Therefore, we are asking that cranes be sent in sooner, in smaller groups, rather than waiting to send in larger collections. We will be hanging the cranes in strings of 10 as we get them.
Senbazuru/1,000 Paper Cranes Project
c/ o Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Berkeley, CA 94703
How to fold paper cranes:
1) How to Make a Paper Crane – Origami VIDEO