Kingfisher Sangha Prayer/Meditation Vigil

Received from Rev. Betty Hurley:  

Please join Kingfisher Sangha in a prayer/meditation vigil outside the Saratoga Springs City Hall at 2 pm on Friday, June 12. The half hour meditation vigil is for our Sangha to show solidarity and support for those who are suffering from injustice, especially those who have suffered injustice at the hands of members of police forces.

The Saratoga Springs City Hall is located at 474 Broadway in Saratoga. Please bring a blanket, a cushion, or a portable chair to sit on along the sidewalk outside the facility. If you are able to do so, bring an extra blanket or towel so we can invite members of the public to join us. (Here is some information about public parking spaces in Saratoga.)

It is very important for us to come to this meditation in a place of love, peace, and compassion and not in anger and fear. We will be public ambassadors for the sangha and our values that day. As such, please feel free to make a sign to place in front of you while we are sitting in quiet reflection. However, please be mindful of your sign, and make sure that your sign is a loving reflection of the sangha’s values and the five mindfulness trainings.

I want to leave you with these quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh, in discussion of Engaged Buddhism:
“When bombs begin to fall on people, you cannot stay in the meditation hall all of the time,” [TNH] said in an interview with Lion’s Roar magazine. “When I was a novice in Vietnam, we young monks witnessed the suffering caused by the war. So we were very eager to practice Buddhism in such a way that we could bring it into society. That was not easy because the tradition does not directly offer Engaged Buddhism. So we had to do it by ourselves. That was the birth of Engaged Buddhism.”

“Meditation means to be aware of what is happening in the present moment—to your body, to your feelings, to your environment,” he said in an interview with Tricycle magazine. “But if you see and if you don’t do anything, where is your awareness? Then where would your enlightenment be? Your compassion?”

If you have questions about the meditation that day, contact Christine Kingery at ChristineKingery96@gmail.com or text her at (518) 366-5759.