News from the 2018 Ziji Summit Planning Team

I’m reaching out to you as the chair of the Summit Planning working group with news regarding our upcoming summit in Nashville. This energized team of Zijians has been working diligently around the relationship between Ziji and Shambhala, and what that means within a global gathering. As we as an organization have grown and changed over the year, so have the needs of our global and local communities. The Shambhala sangha here in Nashville, TN, has been excited to support the vision of the Ziji Collective through these initial stages of visioning and planning for the 2018 Summit. However, after…

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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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