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Re: [buddhism-552] Burma and Tibet Peace Gathering

From: Armida
Sent on: Thursday, March 20, 2008 10:14 AM
I just signed an urgent petition calling on the Chinese government to respect human rights in Tibet and engage in meaningful dialogue with the Dalai Lama. This is really important, and I thought you might want to take action: 
After nearly 50 years of Chinese rule, the Tibetans are sending out a global cry for change. But violence is spreading across Tibet and neighbouring regions, and the Chinese regime is right now considering a choice between increasing brutality or dialogue, that could determine the future of Tibet and China.
We can affect this historic choice. China does care about its international reputation. Its economy is totally dependent on "Made in China" exports that we all buy, and it is keen to make the Olympics in Beijing this summer a celebration of a new China that is a respected world power.
President Hu needs to hear that 'Brand China' and the Olympics can succeed only if he makes the right choice. But it will take an avalanche of global people power to get his attention.  Click below to join me and sign a petition to President Hu calling for restraint in Tibet and dialogue with the Dalai Lama -- and tell absolutely everyone you can right away. The petition is organized by Avaaz, and they are urgently aiming to reach 1 million signatures to deliver directly to Chinese officials:       
Thank you so much for your help!

----- Original Message -----
From: Tom Lacey
Sent: Thursday, March 20,[masked]:06 AM
Subject: [buddhism-552] Burma and Tibet Peace Gathering

Burma and Tibet Peace Gathering
Crescent Lake Park, St. Petersburg

Peace Meditation and Discussion + Literature Table

Educate ourselves and the public on peace issues
and the ongoing repression in Burma

Support Burmese Monks and the People of Burma!

When: Saturday, March 22,[masked] am- 2 pm

Where: Crescent Lake Park
1320 5th St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Meeting at: The North end of the Park, on 22nd Ave under the Banyan Tree.

There is a small trail which loops around the north end of the park which can be used for a silent march or walking meditation.

Zenrin Robert Lewis abbot of the Jacksonville Zen Sangha will be
participating along with Ayya Sudharshana and Bhante Tassi from CPP The
Burma Tibet Support Gathering.

Contact: Erin Lauer[masked] or Tom Lacey (727)[masked]

Please forward this and do as much other publicity as you can!

March 20, 2008


Please join us in St Petersburg this Saturday to support the people of Burma and Tibet.

From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm we will gather at the north end of Crescent Lake Park, near 22nd Ave and 5th St. North.

Buddhist Peace Fellowship will host a table with literature and petitions. Come and talk about what we might do to help.

At 1:00 there will be a short program including guided lovingkindness meditation.

RAIN OR SHINE: if it rains, we will have the literature under a canopy, and will direct people who want to discuss to a local coffee shop. The meditation and chanting will be in the park about 1:00 regardless of weather.

This will a non-confrontational, non-partisan gathering in the spirit of the protests in Burma: "Love and kindness must win over everything." Everyone with an interest in peace is welcome.

This free event is sponsored by the Tampa Bay chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, an international organization that was founded in 1978, and now has chapters in 29 states and 11 countries. Members come from many different Buddhist traditions.

Who: Sponsored by the Tampa Bay chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Everyone with an interest in peace and freedom in Burma and Tibet is welcome.

What: Meditation & chanting (1:00 pm) and information exchange in support of the struggles of the people of Burma and Tibet

When: Saturday March 22, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Program at 1:00

Where: Crescent Lake Park, north end near 22nd Ave and 5th St. North.

Why: To raise awareness of the situations in Burma and Tibet, and express support for the people of those nations.

How: Literature and petitions, informal discussions. At 1:00 there will be a short program.

Directions and Map

Crescent Lake Park, is located just south of 22nd Avenue, near 5th Street North.

From I-275, take the exit at 22nd Ave North, and head East about 1-mile to the park.

There should be a google map available at:,+St.+Petersburg,+FL+33701&sll=27.788004,-82.640126&sspn=0.011902,0.01693&ie=UTF8&ll=27.791137,-82.640126&spn=0.011902,0.01693&z=16&iwloc=addr

For more information contact:

Tom Lacey:[masked]
Erin Lauer: [masked]
Rick Ferriss:[masked] (cell phone at event)

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Event web pages:

Buddhist Peace Fellowship Tampa Bay web site:

Buddhist Peace Fellowship Tampa Bay Google group website:

The Buddhist Peace Fellowship - Tampa Bay

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