"Jizos for Peace" was an initiative by the
community of Great Vow Zen Monastery in Oregon to commemorate
the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki
and Hiroshima. The people at Great Vow began creating
cloth panels decorated with images of jizo (bodhisattva
of lost causes). They planned to sew together the panels
and take them to Japan in Summer of 2005 as a peace
offering to the people of Japan. The goal was to accumulate
270,000 images of jizo--and each cloth panel contained
as many jizos as its creator could muster. Great Vow
Monastery could not complete the task alone, so they
invited all interested people to help out by making
a cloth panel.
If you want to know more about the project, please
Children at a local school work on
panels for the Jizos for Peace Project.