January 1 @ ATLANTA DOJO New Year's Gathering: Prayers at 11 a.m.,
Open House through the afternoon
March 4 thru 9 PEACE PILGRIMAGE Selma to Montgomery
Sat., April 1, 11 a.m. @ ATLANTA DOJO Flower Festival
Sat., April 22, 11 a.m. @ PEACE PAGODA Flower Festival
May 6 through 21 @ PEACE PAGODA Spring Work Party
Sat., July 8 11 a.m. @ ATLANTA DOJO Ancestors Ceremony
July 30 thru August 6 PEACE PILGRIMAGE Pilgrimage to Oak Ridge
72nd Anniversary Hiroshima/Nagasaki
Sat., August 12, 11 a.m. @ PEACE PAGODA Ancestors Ceremony
October 14 thru November 5 @ PEACE PAGODA Fall Work Party
We were invited to participate in the Memorial Service for Muhammad Ali on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, KY.
Muhammad Ali wanted a multi-faith service for his memorial; his lawyer and friend who was on the committee for the service knew another lawyer who is a friend of our order; and of all of Nipponzan Myohoji members, we were geographically the closest.
Life can surprise you.What an honor and special day it was.
Click on the link above to view photos albums of past ceremonies at the Atlanta Dojo and the Great Smoky Mountains Peace Pagoda
Atlanta: April 2
In Atlanta, we presented the Corrigan Peacemaker Award to Dianne Mathiowetz. Here is what we wrote:
We do not remember the first time we met Dianne. We also cannot recall a demonstration we’ve been to in Georgia when we didn’t see her either holding one side of her enormous banners, wielding a bullhorn or selling books that challenge, expose, attack or otherwise seek to undermine this country’s racism, militarism and exploitation of the poor. She has been at it for more than 40 years and shows no signs of slowing down. An avowed socialist, Dianne has a catholic, i.e., universal, sympathy for all who are marginalized.
She credits the Workers World Party for her political principles as we credit the Buddhist order Nipponzan Myohoji for ours. Our order, incidentally, has a long and mutually respectful history with the socialist and communist parties in Japan, and one of the first articles written about Nipponzan’s resistance to US military expansion was written by a communist.
This peacemaker award has never been about the labels we use to identify ourselves as it is about how a person lives her heart-felt ideas. No one who has seen Dianne in action can doubt the depth and breadth of her commitment. We are all in awe of the longevity of her passion and her presence. But what moves our hearts the most is the beauty of her vision that change is possible, that barriers can be surmounted, and that fearless solidarity is our future.
Peace Pagoda: April 16
And at the Peace Pagoda in Tennessee, we were honored and blessed by the presence of our Native American friends, Cherokee and Navajo, along with many local friends and excellent weather.
July 9, 2016 at the Atlanta Dojo
We just celebrated the Ancestors Ceremony. One of our monks from India, Yoda-shonin, was visiting and led the ceremony in Atlanta. And the ceremony at the Peace Pagoda always concludes with a visit to the Spirit Garden. Both were beautiful, heartfelt ceremonies. Below are a few photos from Atlanta. To the right are more from the Peace Pagoda. And further below, our schedule for 2016. Please come visit.