Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Tampa Bay, Florida, USA

BPF-Tampa Bay Meeting



March 11, 2007

(continuing on the 2nd Sunday of each month)


6:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Chùa Phat Pháp

1770 62nd Ave North, St Petersburg

(map & directions below)

At 6:00, we will meet in the small room to the left of the stage in the temple for a half-hour of silent meditation.

At 6:30 we have a 1-hour discussion of some short wrtitings on engaged Buddhism.

This month's selections were chosen by Erin Templton. Some notes: The primary reading concerns the Nipponzan Myohoji, a Lotus Sutra and Nichiren based movement founded in the early 20th century and dedicated to world peace and disarmament. The article is on Rev Nun. Jun Yasuda and appeared in Turning Wheel. It concerns her life of practicing Buddhism coupled with social engagement.

Included for reference and discussion are some materials from the Network of Buddhist Organizations, a group in the U.K. which works to build communication and support between Buddhist Sanghas. Perhaps some of their actions can provide models for BPF TampaBay to consider as our main function has been coordinating such events.

"A journal of a year spent communicating with and visiting Buddhist groups, organisations and individuals around the UK, on behalf of the Network of Buddhist Organisations (UK).":

Their website:

You can use the right side panel to navigate the various traditions they visited. An article by them on the U.K Nipponzan Myohoji can be found here:

About 7:30, we will meet in the social hall for tea and refreshments (whatever is contributed), and discussion of BPF business matters (in particular, plans for Change Your Mind Day).


Everyone with an interest in Buddhism is welcome.



Chùa Phat Pháp

Southwest Florida Buddhist Temple

1770 62nd Ave North
St Petersburg, FL 33702

(727) 520-9209



1. Take the 54th Ave North Exit on I-275

2. Go East on 54th Ave North to the traffic light at 16th Street North

3. Turn Left (North) on 16th Street North

4. Turn Left on 62nd Ave North

5. Chua Phat Phap will be on the left (look for the statues)

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