Thirty years is a long time to do anything - and in our proud, home of the brave, land of the free, gun-drenched, violence-soaked country - where peace activism is positively ridiculed - or at best - patted on the head “oh aren’t you all so sweet?”, thirty years is even longer. Peace in 'Merrka certainly does not pay..
It’s in this improbable context that the Peace Pagoda in Leverett MA, the first one of its kind to rise in North America, a visible form of prayer, will celebrate its 30th anniversary on October 4, 2015. It should be quite a thing. I’m really looking forward to it.
In other news - the temple (pictured above) is now open. At least, it was open yesterday. The space is beautiful. The altar is just spectacular. My favorite part of the temple is the children’s wading pool filled with paper cranes. There’s a sign in the pool that encourages people to take a crane to remind them of peace.
Updated pictures from yesterday’s delayed 4th of July interdependence day visit can be seen here.
Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo!