Buddhist Monks Lead Activists on a Journey of Transformation

2013 Walk for a New Spring Reaches D.C. photo by @drvonskillet

2013 Walk for a New Spring Reaches D.C. photo by Vanessa Lynch/Zorlu

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Walking the Talk of Peace

Buddhist Monks lead Activists on a Journey of Transformation

Beginning February 21, the Monks and Nun of the New England Peace Pagoda will lead their annual “Walk for a New Spring”, from Leverett, Massachusetts to Washington, DC.  The walk is 47 days long and will end on April 8th.  It is the 13th annual Walk for a New Spring, which began in 2002 in response to the tragedy on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center in New York City.  This year is the third time the Walk for a New Spring has brought its message to the nation’s capital.

From the harsh frozenness of mid-winter to the warm burst of spring, we walk for the understanding that our life-and-death challenges affecting our beautiful, common home, the earth, affect us all.  We have brought ourselves to a time where we are undeniably in the same boat.  Money cannot, in the end, buy safety from the catastrophic earth changes of climate change, cannot protect us from the radioactive potential of the nuclear chain to annihilate life.  These and other present day realities affect us all.

The destructive policies kept in place by very powerful interests, may seem untouchable, but, truly the limitless spiritual/moral force within each one of us for the good, is more powerful.  The Black Freedom Movement facing the entrenched power of Jim Crow is a shining example on our own soil of the unarmed, spiritual power of soul force over physical force.

Yet, when we look at our society we do not yet see the human community of the country coming together.

So, we walk believing that, as never before, we are called to come together and find the genuine path to acknowledge and heal our social wounds and divisions.  Starting with the renunciation of war making and killing, let us find ways to transform the old legacy of racism and fear of the other.  Let us build genuine relationship with new and old friends, and work to implement social policies based on the acknowledgement of unassailable human dignity.

As President Kennedy said in 1963 “… For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

We walk to Washington, DC bringing the aspirations of people in over 50 communities in nine states and the District of Columbia.

Some concrete laws and policies we invite support for are:

  • Bill to Ban Uranium Mining in the US and to clean up the thousands of abandoned uranium mines on Native American lands
  • H.R.808  A Bill to establish a Cabinet-level Dept of Peace-Building
  • Continue the Funding of the SNAP Program – NO CUTS
  • Petition to support Jobs Not Jail for Non-violent Offenders (Massachusetts)
  • Support for Initiative of Fairfax, CA to establish an international body of experts to oversee the care of the damaged and dangerous Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
  • Oppose Fast Track policy with regard of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)

2013 Walk Reaches the White House

For more information regarding the walk, contact Tim Bullock at 413-485-8469 or email walk4newspring@gmail.com


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