Brenda and I were contacted a few weeks ago by Reverend Ralph Galen, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Andover and co-founder of the Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship, regarding the formation of a local chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF).
Rev. Galen has invited our sitting group (and anyone else who might be interested) to participate in a in/formational meeting this Saturday afternoon, December 8, beginning at 2pm at 6 Locke Street in Andover. The meeting shouldn’t last more than two hours, and “the Chelmsford contingent” has been asked to begin the proceedings by leading a brief period of silent meditation.
The BPF was founded in 1978 to “serve as a catalyst for socially engaged Buddhism.” It’s purpose is “to help beings liberate themselves from the suffering that manifests in individuals, relationships, institutions, and social systems. BPF’s programs, publications, and practice groups link Buddhist teachings of wisdom and compassion with progressive social change.”
The BPF strives to:
- Offer public witness, through practice, for peace and protection of all beings;
- Raise humanitarian, environmental, and social justice concerns among Buddhist communities;
- Bring a Buddhist perspective to contemporary peace, environmental, and social justice movements.