At 12 noon we will start this 4-mile walk at the oldest Buddhist temple in Chinatown and wend our way through to Japantown, stopping at other temples along the way, and ending at the San Francisco Zen Center, where there will be an opportunity to meditate, congratulate each other on an afternoon well-spent, and enjoy tea and cookies.
San Francisco has a rich Buddhist history. There will be opportunities to see beautiful shrines as well as beautiful views as we visit some of the city’s high spots (yes, there will be some hills to climb). Of course, the greatest opportunity of all is to express our compassion through helping the poorest of the poor around the globe.
People are encouraged to join-in or depart as they need during the 4 mile walk. Everyone is encouraged to set a personal intention before walking, and those who wish to walk mindfully in silence may do so but it is not required. Feel free to walk at your own pace. It will be a time for practice, mindful walking, spreading loving kindness, making spiritual friends, and exercise. It will be a pilgrimage of harmony amongst many as we visit locations of such meditation groups as: Norras Temple, SF Zen Center, San Bao Temple, Buddhist Church of SF, Soto Zen Buddhism International Center, and the Vietnamese Buddhist Association of SF. The tour starts in Chinatown and passes through Japantown, home of the Japan Center Peace Pagoda. The walk will end at SF Zen Center.
Part of the proceeds from the walk will go to St. Anthony's Dinning Room where hot meals are given to the hungry in SF. BGR also has recently given a grant to Glide Memorial’s Daily Free Meals Program in SF.
Many groups will help support the event such as: Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, SF Zen Center, Norras Temple, Institute for World Religions, Dharma Realm Buddhist University, Aloka Vihara and Karuna Buddhist Vihara.
Participants are encouraged to wear white clothing if possible, such as a white T-shirt.
People can do the entire walk, or just part of it as they wish. It is fine to just walk for one mile!
Pre-register online to walk. A video explaining how to register on FirstGiving can be found on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuT1T8phNFw&feature=youtu.be&hd=1
Registration/Check-in for all participants begins at NOON at Norras Temple on October 13.
Please bring a water bottle, sun-hat, and whatever you need for your walk (SF is cooler than one assumes).
Route and More information (click here)