July 28 to August 6
Click on the link above to view photos albums of past ceremonies at the Atlanta Dojo and the Great Smoky Mountains Peace Pagoda
It has been four years since we have walked a Peace Pilgrimage from Atlanta to Fort Benning, supporting SOA Watch's holy effort to close a US military training school that has been implicated in the training of assassins, torturers and oppressors of the poor. When SOAW decided to move the annual gathering to Nogales, AZ, we were unable to make that long trip work in our annual schedule.
This year, SOAW is bringing the demonstration back to Georgia to mark the 30th year anniversary of the San Salvador massacre that killed six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter. It was those killings that inspired Father Roy Bourgeois to found the SOA Watch in the first place. We will again walk from Atlanta to join this sacred gathering at the gates of Fort Benning, GA.
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.
The Ancestors Ceremonies give us the time and space to remember loved ones who have passed. We ask everyone to bring a photo of the person or persons whom them would like to remember. Those photos are placed on the altar and perhaps their presence, too, is ensured.
At the Peace Pagoda, the ceremony often includes placing the cremated ashes of friends in the Spirit Garden. This has become almost an annual ritual; we had no idea the Spirit Garden would be so popular! It has given all of us a tranquil place in the woods to place the remains of loved ones and to know that one day, we too, will end up there. Such acceptance brings peace.
Your presence and prayers are most welcome. Make sure to bring a photo and, if you are inclined, offerings of flowers or food.
Every year we do a walking Pilgrimage to Oak Ridge, TN, where the bomb dropped on Hiroshima was manufactured and where nuclear weapons continue to be made today. We walk for the future and for today: Nuclear weapons are an abomination. It is time to END them. Join us for all or part of this walk, and let your feet do the praying.
November 9 through 17, 2019
Saturday, July 13 at the Atlanta Dojo
Saturday, August 17 at the Smoky Mountains Peace Pagoda
Both ceremonies start at 11 a.m.
January 1 @ ATLANTA DOJO New Year's Gathering: Prayers at 11 a.m.,
Open House through the afternoon
March 2 thru 7 PEACE PILGRIMAGE Selma to Montgomery
Sat., April 6, 11 a.m. @ ATLANTA DOJO Flower Festival
Sat., April 27, 11 a.m. @ PEACE PAGODA Flower Festival
May 4 through 27 @ PEACE PAGODA Spring Work Party
Sat., July 13, 11 a.m. @ ATLANTA DOJO Ancestors Ceremony
July 28 through August 6 PEACE PILGRIMAGE Oak Ridge
Sat., August 17, 11 a.m. @ PEACE PAGODA Ancestors Ceremony
September 7 though 22 @ PEACE PAGODA Fall Work Party
November 9 through 17 PEACE PILGRIMAGE Peace Pilgrimage to Close the
School of the Americas