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Buddhadharma : Winter 2008
81 winter 2 00 8 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly Both the Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF) and its board chair, Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey, turned thirty this year. “That seems old,” he says, yet it often takes thirty years for an organi- zation to recognize where its strengths lie and “to manifest its real potential in the world.” That, he claims, is the case with BPF. Though it’s now based in Berkeley, BPF was co-founded by Nelson Foster and Robert and Anne Aitken in 1978 at their Maui zendo. At first they had no intention of expanding the group beyond a few friends, but soon Buddhist priest Ryo Imamura joined and encouraged the involvement of Japanese-American Buddhist groups. Then the budding fel- lowship sent letters to various friends, asking them to get involved, and the response was encouraging. Gary Snyder, Jack Kornfield, Richard Baker, Joanna Macy, and other prominent figures all showed their support. “From the beginning, BPF was to be ecumenically Buddhist rather than aligned with any particular tradition,” says senior advisor and former execu- tive director Alan Senauke. In fact, “You never had to sign a contract saying that you were technically a Buddhist. Mem- bership was open to all people who were in alignment with the principles that BPF stood for.” At the heart of those principles was the belief that all people are connected to each other and to the earth, and that actions generated from an understand- ing of this interconnection would create a just and compassionate society. Over time, this took the form of peace-activ- ist projects, such as organizing nonvio- lent vigils and rallies and providing GI counseling, as well as initiatives that worked with youth, prisoners, and the environment. It was all heartfelt work, but many people in the BPF community began to feel that they’d outgrown some of their programs and that the culture and structure of the organization needed fine-tuning. In May 2007, Zenju Earthlyn Man- uel was hired as the executive director in order to—as she puts it—bring the fellowship into the twenty-first century and make it more sustainable. “I came to BPF straight from six months of sit- ting at Tassajara Zen Mountain Cen- ter,” she says, “so I walked in under the influence of snow-capped mountains, cherry blossoms, and a rushing river in my head. Once I came out of my stupor and realized what I had agreed to do, I found the challenge daunting.” According to Manuel, the crux of the challenge was that the world had changed since 1978 and, therefore, it wasn’t effective for BPF to continue to respond to issues in the same way. One example she gives is the Iraq war. “Around the world millions marched against it,” she says, “yet the war hap- pened and continues to happen.” It was time for BPF to find other methods for advocating peace—ones that would have more impact. Under Manuel’s leadership, BPF is restructuring its programs to shift the fellowship’s focus from direct service to assisting other emerging dharma and compassion-based organizations. Addi- tionally, BPF has decided that since it is not feasible to focus on every aspect of social suffering, it will concentrate its efforts on three campaigns: International Social Engagement, One Peace, and Too Young to Do Time. The International Social Engagement campaign involves development and human rights work aimed at aiding coun- tries across the globe, with an emphasis on Asian Buddhist countries. Currently, BPF’s primary focus in this area is on the well-being of Burmese monastics. Recall- ing the brutal crackdown by the military regime during the Saffron Revolution of September, 2007, Manuel emphasizes the need to remember those who have died Buddhist PeaCe felloWshiP By andrea Miller Profile Buddhist Peace Fellowship supporters participate in a march against the war in Iraq. koblix