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30th Anniversary Celebration: New England Peace Pagoda

When: Sunday, October 4, 2015, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Where: New England Peace Pagoda • Leverett
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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Leverett, MA


10:30 am: Opening Prayers Wampanoag Nation


Nipponzan Myohoji Sacred Ceremony Begins

Including prayers from other Buddhist traditions

Dharma talk

Interfaith Prayers for World Peace


11:50 am : Song  from  the  Amandla  Chorus  of  Western  Massachusetts


12:00 Keynote Address: Kazu Haga

“Investing in Peace, Investing in Coming Generations”

Kazu Haga is Director of the East Point Peace Academy in Oakland CA (

and participant in the Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage  1998


12:20 pm:  Celebratory Dance and Song

With Cultural Presentations from Asia: Cambodia, India Japan  

Amandla Chorus


1:00 pm: Closing Ceremony led by Wampanoag Nation


1:30 pm:  Hearty Lunch served to all




“Just as cucumbers grow from cucumber seeds and eggplants from eggplant seeds, the outcome and the cause is preached to be of the same nature according to the law of causation. Consequently (for a nation to renounce war thus) choosing to avert evil and do good will bring the desired result of protecting the true security of the land and the people. “


"When we believe in the just truth of the law of causation, we must completely abolish armaments, not only nuclear weapons, but all tools of killing and destruction and all means of war…Preserving the precept against taking life taught by the Buddha is the assurance of Peace and Tranquility in this world.”




“The single gate open for humanity to escape the  conflagration that consumes the three fold world is none other than Nonviolence…that is the nature of religion.

The Path for genuine liberation is there for humanity to choose with courage, faith in humanity, and spiritual values.”

                                                                   Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji

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