The Practice committee would like to invite you to participate in viewing and discussion of the inter-sangha Buddhist ceremony for healing hatred against Asian Americans, called “May We Gather”. The ceremony was held at the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo on May 8, forty nine days after eight Asian people (mostly women) were killed in Atlanta.
Yuki and Lindsey will host a lightly facilitated conversation about the video on Tuesday, June 22nd from 7:00 - 8:15 PM on AZG’s Zoom.
The intention is to share what we saw, heard, experienced, understood, felt etc, consider the breadth of Buddhism in America, and have some conversation about what it means to be an ally to the Asian American Buddhist Partner Temples and Organizations.
The video can be watched at the following links. Please watch it ahead of the conversation. https://www.maywegather.org/ or https://youtu.be/665Gf6yyzVQ It is possible to watch in segments if you cannot watch the full hour and forty minutes in one sitting. The program can be found here.
Here’s some of what Lion's Roar said about the event.
“Many were struck by the pan-Buddhist nature of the event. One commenter wrote, “It is so special to see all these Buddhists sects coming together in the U.S. in one ceremony to honor all those who have suffered due to ignorance and fear in their communities.” Clergy and teachers representing Fo Guang Shan, Jōdo Shinshū, Nichiren, Zen, Theravāda, Thiền, Tibetan, and other traditions were present to chant suttas and sacred texts during the ceremony. Six different teachers from various traditions spoke on the six pāramitās of wisdom (prajñā), mindful action (śīla), patience (kṣānti), meditation (dhyāna), spiritual strength (vīrya), and giving (dāna). They offered spiritual reflection on May We Gather’s purposes: May we gather to remember, may we gather the pieces, may we gather to repair, and may we gather to liberate together.”
To join via Zoom on June 22nd use this link: https://zoom.us/j/6618292899 Password: 806499
To join via traditional telephone: Dial (408) 638-0968 and enter the Meeting ID: 661 829 2899#