Saturday, September 9 at 6:00 PM
Frank Fenton Field at La Cienega Park
With our country struggling with ongoing racial and religious tensions, you are invited to come and embody peace for our society by walking with us in a silent peace walk led by 50 monks and nuns of Thich Nhat Hanh’s global monastic community.
We shall walk in such a way that each step we make becomes a realization of peace; each step becomes a prayer for peace and harmony. We shall walk together in silence, with no banners and no pickets. The walk will not be a petition addressed to anyone, nor will it be a demonstration against anyone. The walk is to unite our heart, to nurture our togetherness, and to dissipate fear and separation. It will be an actual experience of peace in ourselves and for our country.
If you are a Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or belong to or identify with any other religious creed or peace organization, please come. If you are white, brown, black, yellow, red or any other color, please come. We shall practice together that wrong perceptions of self and others are at the foundation of separation, fear, hate, and violence. To support our country’s healing, we shall give hope that togetherness and collaboration is possible for our world.
The peace walk will start at Frank Fenton Field at La Cienega Park and conclude in front of the Ahyra Fine Arts Theater where Walk With Me, a cinematic journey into the world of mindfulness of Thich Nhat Hanh and narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, will have its Los Angeles premiere that evening before playing in cinemas nationwide on September 12th. Help continue to spread Thay’s teachings on peace by visiting walkwithmefilm.com.
a poem by Thich Nhat Hanh
Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will only walk.
We will enjoy our walk
without thinking of arriving anywhere.
Our walk is a peace walk.
Our walk is a happiness walk.
Then we learn
that there is no peace walk;
that peace is the walk;
that there is no happiness walk;
that happiness is the walk.
We walk for ourselves.
We walk for everyone
always hand in hand.
Walk and touch peace every moment.
Walk and touch happiness every moment.
Each step brings a fresh breeze.
Each step makes a flower bloom under our feet.
Kiss the Earth with your feet.
Print on Earth your love and happiness.
Earth will be safe
when we feel in us enough safety.
DATE: Saturday, September 9th, 2017
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Frank Fenton Field at La Cienega Park
8511 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles 90035
(corner of Olympic Blvd and La Cienega Blvd)
Metered parking is free after 3pm on Saturdays. Additional parking can be found at:
321 S. La Cienega Blvd. Beverly Hills
Free all day Saturday & Sunday
La Cienega Tennis Center
325 S. La Cienega Blvd.
First 2 hours free, then $3 per hour