Chanting to Thaw ICE: A Participant’s Report

Editor’s Note: The Ziji Collective co-sponsors a monthly walking meditation around the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Oregon headquarters on the second Thursday of every month. This report comes from Lynette Yetter, a participant in our most recent event on September 14. I stood on the sidewalk outside the ICE headquarters in Portland, Oregon and chanted nam myoho renge kyo for half an hour. I was the only chanting Buddhist in an interfaith action to surround the ICE facility with compassion, to thaw ICE. Our compassionate intent is to protect people from being deported. As I stood there facing the…

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Thawing ICE: Mindful Walk for Immigrant Justice

The Ziji Collective, in conjunction with the Buddhist Peace Fellowship Portland chapter and the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ), invites all concerned about the criminalization of immigration to join in a monthly mindful walk of compassion and solidarity the second Thursday of each month in Portland, OR. Our next mindful walk is September 14th, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) Oregon headquarters: 4310 SW Macadam Avenue, Portland. The goal is to have all four sides of the I.C.E. building wrapped in a continuous stream of compassion. Participants need not be Buddhists or member…

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Winter Working Groups’ Gathering

Dear Friends in Brilliant Ziji-ness, It has been a year in September since the summit in Berlin, Germany, and that year has brought significant changes within the World of Ziji. There have been many direct and indirect requests for clarity: clarity regarding who we are, clarity regarding what we do, clarity regarding how we connect both internally and externally. As a group we’ve discussed and come to agreement on how we wish to make decisions, govern ourselves, and how we relate and connect to Shambhala. Even with the postponement of the Ziji Collective Summit from this November to Spring 2018,…

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One Year Later: Ziji Highlights Since the Berlin Summit

It’s been almost exactly a year since the Berlin Summit, and for those of us working week by week to help Ziji flourish, it’s been action-packed. We thought it could be very helpful to summarize what the results of that work have been, in an easy-to-skim document — rather than in, for example, slightly more than 13,000 Slack posts. 🙂 So here are some highlights of what Ziji’s accomplished over the year: Events, Offerings, and Retreats Weekly Open Call Shortly after the Berlin Summit, we began keeping a weekly Open Call, on Zoom, the video calling program. The call is…

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