Peace Action

September 11th Memorial 2004


Circle of Peace and Healing 2004

The Tallahassee Chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship invited all to join us in creating a Circle of Peace and Healing at Lewis Park in Downtown Tallahassee on September 11, 2004 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Tallahassee chapter of BPF operates (just as our national parent organization does) under the aegis of the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

BPF exists to explore and provide pathways to meaningful social action for Buddhists and Non-Buddhists alike.

It is Buddhism that simultaneously engages us in personal transformation and social action, that actively seeks to ease suffering for ourselves and all others, and that challenges us to open ourselves to the suffering of the world without judgment -- awakening us to the possibility of living free of instinctual aggressions, habitual patterns of behavior, and delusions.

Zen teacher Philip Kapleau has written that “Social action is itself a kind of meditation and can be a great ripener of compassion and equanimity.”



8:00-8:10 a.m.: Arrival and introduction of Circle of Peace and Healing

8:10-8:40 a.m.: Meditation practice led by visiting Tibetan teacher Younge Khachab Rinpoche.

8:46: First bells of mindfulness sound in memoriam, followed by two minutes of silent meditation.

8:48: Begin recitation of names of those who died on 9/11. (Anyone may come forward to volunteer to read a section of names.)

9:03: Second belling, followed by three minutes of silence.

9:06: Resumption of recitation of names.

9:37: Third belling, followed by five minutes of silence.

9:42: Resumption of recitation of names.

10:02: Fourth belling, followed by five minutes of silence.

10:07: Resumption of recitation of names until all names are read. Ceremony concludes with the reading of the poem "Wage Peace" by Judyth Hill.

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