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Coming Up August 6–9! BPF in the Southwest

Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Schedule of Southwest Events


THURSDAY, August 6


70th Anniversary of Hiroshima & Nagasaki Atomic Bombing: 

Bearing Witness at Los Alamos


[TIME UPDATE:] 2–4pm (Open)

We will meet at Ashley Pond (20th St. and Trinity Dr.) in Los Alamos, NM.

Please bring a blanket, cushion, or portable chair for sitting meditation. Feat. Roshi Joan Halifax, Rev. James Lawson, and Father John Dear.

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Joan Halifax Roshi speaks during Session 6: Crescendo, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at TEDWomen, Washington, DC. Photo: James Duncan Davidson / TED

March with famed Civil Rights Leader (and legend) Rev. James Lawson (pictured at top), renowned Buddhist teacher and scholar Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D. (pictured above), and two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Father John Dear. Roshi Joan will lead a silent meditation to bear witness to the travesty of nuclear devastation, and the healing that we can create together.

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70,000 paper cranes (!!!) will be offered to honor the event. These symbols of peace and fulfilled wishes have been sent from Ecuador, San Salvador, France, the Netherlands, all across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. They have been folded by nuns, priests, Buddhists, Catholics, Muslims, school children, retired people, inmates at San Quentin and at New Mexico State Prison, and many more contributors.

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FRIDAY, August 7

BPF: Introduction to Compassionate Confrontation

During Upaya Retreat (Registration Required)

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Buddhist Peace Fellowship Co-Directors Dawn Haney (above left) and Katie Loncke (above right) Open to participants of Upaya Zen Center’s August 5–9 retreat, “Marking the 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.” (Registration still open; Scholarships available)

The half-week retreat includes teachings by Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot; Father John Dear; Sensei Kazuaki Tanahashi; Joshin Brian Byrnes, Vice Abbot; and Maia Duerr, MA.


SATURDAY, August 8

Santa Fe engaged Buddhist Meetup

12–2pm (Open)

[LOCATION UPDATE:] Santa Fe Public Library, 145 Washington Ave, Santa Fe

Come to Upaya Zen Center and meet like-minded local BPFers. Build community, get to know each other’s struggles and campaigns, and discuss the social justice issues you’re most passionate about. Let us know you are coming (or wish you could make it) by filling out this form.


SUNDAY, August 9

BPF at Albuquerque Vipassana Sangha

1–3pm (Open)

200 Rosemont Avenue, NE Albuquerque.

More info: or Kathryn Turnipseed

Climate change. Police brutality. Sexism. Economic injustice. As these and other forms of social suffering loom large, breaking our hearts almost constantly, how can dharma practice help us remain resilient while “compassionately confronting” systems of oppression? How can we combine our internal practice with the best of social movement strategy? How can we act wisely and urgently to co-create the loving, life-honoring society we wish to leave for future generations?

Join Dawn Haney and Katie Loncke, Co-Directors of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and leaders of a vibrant resurgence of young Buddhist activists, for a discussion on the integration of Buddhadharma and social justice.

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Comments (2)

  • Judy Lipton

    I am so happy to see that Dawn and Katie are teaming up with people at Upaya to address the issue of nuclear war. By honoring those who died at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we implicitly make a commitment to preventing nuclear war. I wish I could attend the retreat at Upaya August 5-9, but I cannot, due to an injury. My plan is to stay local, and go to Ground Zero, next to the Trident submarine base in Bangor, WA.
    We must address the subject of deterrence, the notion that nuclear weapons make anybody safer. We must address the subject of imperialism: 5 countries are known to have nuclear weapons and thereby garnered veto powers in the UN Security Council. Another 4 countries have nuclear weapons, and have not signed international treaties. These 9 countries hold the fate of the earth in their power, with more than 170 other countries that have no say and no power.
    This is patently unfair. Spending a trillion dollars on nuclear weapons “modernization” as President Obama has requested is taking money away from programs that benefit beings. Enough!
    Let’s make nuclear weapons illegal, as are chemical and biological weapons. As soon as possible!

  • mark wolff

    70yrs Commem. events in Boston area

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