On Saturday, Sept 10, 2011, the 7th Annual Festival of Peace began early in the morning with the 1st Annual Walk-A-Mile for Peace. Walkers collected pledges to support their walk which directly benefited the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas.
Participants walked the one-mile loop around the Ewam property and at each 1/4 mile marker, they contemplated one of the four immeasurable qualities: compassion, loving kindness, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. Founder of the Garden, Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche himself took part in the walk, whispering at each marker “Oh compassion” and “Oh joy”.
The walk had over 100 participants and raised over $3,000 toward the construction of the Garden.
The day continued with a traditional Tibetan Buddhist processional with the Ewam sangha following Rinpoche and hundreds of visitors.
Guest speakers discussed health, the environment, and how to practice in troubled times.
Music, food, vendors, and lovely weather rounded out a full-day of peaceful interactions for all who were involved.
Make sure to mark your calendars for next year’s event to be held on Sept 8, 2012! Click the links below to view the 2011 festival on Vimeo!