On March 20, 2005 The Buddhist Peace Fellowship
of Tallahassee organized an Interfaith Day of Meditation
for Peace in front of the historic Old Florida
Capitol on Monroe St.
Members of the greater faith community of Tallahassee
joined us in sharing a day of silence, meditation and
prayer as we renewed our communal commitment to peace.
The format consisted of short periods of meditation or
prayer interspersed with brief meditative walks. At the
beginning of each meditation/prayer period we had a brief
reading on the subject of peace from various traditions.
March 20th was Palm Sunday, a Christian holy day celebrating
the arrival of the Prince of Peace in Jerusalem and this
year it was also the first day of spring. Ironically, March
20th, 2005 also marked the second anniversary of the U.S.
led invasion of Iraq. Our gathering, however, was not meant
to be a protest against anything, but rather an
affirmation of the Buddhist commitment to compassion and