Transforming the Heart: 9th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park


We recently received notice of an upcoming event in Colonel Summers Park. Read on for details.

Transforming the Heart
9th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park
Saturday, June 2, 2012
11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Colonel Summers Park
SE 17th and Taylor, Portland, Oregon

  • Dharma Talk and Panel Discussion on the Theme of Transforming the Heart
  • Ceremony with Blessings for All Beings
  • Activities for Children
  • Tabling by Buddhist Communities
  • Workshops
  • Shared Food (Potluck from Buddhist groups)

On the theme: Together we discover the Buddhist tools to transform our hearts.

Domyo Burk of Bright Way Zen gives the keynote talk of the day. Domyo was ordained at Dharma Rain Zen Center, and continues the nurturing of the Dharma with a new community on Portland’s west side.

Four panelists from various traditions will discuss the theme of “Transforming the Heart” and respond to questions from the audience.

While the Dharma talk and panel discussion occur in the park’s main shelter, the children’s pavilion will be busy with story times, crafts, and other activities.

Activities for children and adults come together in a Ceremony for Transforming the Heart, with blessings for people and pets. Participants may offer incense and receive blessings from ordained Buddhists.

Many different Portland area communities will be represented at the booths. Pure Land, Zen, Vajrayana, Vipassana, and non-sectarian groups will share news and information about their communities.

The festival is free, and all are welcome. Organizers ask for mindfulness regarding waste.


11 am: Tabling by participating groups, also throughout the day
12 noon: Bells, Opening Ceremony
12:15: Workshops: 1. Starting a Practicing with Sacred Space; 2. The Ethics of Buddhism, or, What Does it Mean to Be a Buddhist? (see also Children’s Pavilion)
1:00 pm: Keynote speaker: Domyo Burk, Bright Way Zen
2:00 pm: Transforming the Heart Ceremony with Blessings for all Beings
3:00 pm: Panel Discussion: Stan Shiigi, Oregon Buddhist Temple; Heidi Enji Hoogstra, Dharma Rain Zen Center, BPF Portland; Sakula Mary Reinard, Portland Friends of the Dhamma; Prajwal Vajracharya, Dance Mandal.
4:00 pm: Free prize drawing

Children’s Pavilion Schedule

12:15 pm: Workshop: Chanting and Drumming by Jason Litts
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Scavenger Hunt and Cooperative Games
1:00 pm Storytime with craft by Heidi Enji Hoogstra
2:00 pm: Transforming the Heart with Blessings for all Beings
3:00 pm: Storytime or Activity TBD
4:00 pm: Free Prize Drawing and Closing with Dance Mandal

Participating groups include:

  • Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Portland (main sponsor)
  • Oregon Buddhist Temple
  • Dharma Rain Zen Center
  • Vancouver Nichiren Sangha
  • Zen Community of Oregon
  • Bright Way Zen
  • Dance Mandal
  • Portland Friends of the Dhamma
  • Portland Insight Meditation Community


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