Greetings from Sonali Aggarwal,
On Saturday, October 24, 2015, we will once again tour Buddhist temples in San Francisco as we raise money for the poor and hungry around the world. To learn about the projects that Buddhist Global Relief makes possible, visit www.buddhistglobalrelief.org.
The walk will begin at Gold Mountain Monastery, 800 Sacramento Street, in Chinatown and wend its way through to Japantown, stopping at temples along the way, and end at the Mindfulness Care Center on Gough St.south of Market. There will be photo ops at Grace Cathedral and the Japanese Peace Pagoda as well as at the temples we will visit along the way. Check out the photos from last year’s Walk.
San Francisco has a rich Buddhist history. There will be opportunities to see beautiful shrines as well as beautiful views as we visit some of the city’s high spots (yes, there will be some hills to climb). Of course, the greatest opportunity of all is to express our compassion through helping the poorest of the poor around the globe.
People are encouraged to join-in or depart as they need during the 3.3 mile walk. Everyone is encouraged to set a personal intention before walking, and those who wish to walk mindfully in silence may do so but it is not required. It will be a time for practice, mindful walking, spreading loving kindness, making spiritual friends, and exercise. It will be a pilgrimage of harmony amongst many as we visit locations of such meditation groups as: Gold Mountain Monastery, Buddhist Church of SF (where we will pay respects to the Buddha’s relics), the Vietnamese Buddhist Association of SF and the Mindfulness Care Center.
Each year BGR awards part of the walk proceeds to a local charitable organization with a mission similar to BGR’s. This year a portion of the proceeds from the San Francisco Walk will go to …. stay tuned, we haven’t decided yet. If you would like to suggest an organization, let us know at email@example.com.
Many groups will help support the event such as: City of 10,000 Buddhas, Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, Institute for World Religions, Dharma Realm Buddhist University, Buddhi Vihara of Santa Clara, Aloka Vihara of Placerville and Karuna Buddhist Vihara of Mountain View.
Date of Event: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Starting Location: Chinatown – Gold Mountain Monastery, 800 Sacramento Street, San Francisco
Check-in Time: 12:00 noon – 12:45 p.m.
Talk on the history of the temple: 12:45 p.m.
Start Walking: 1:00 p.m.
Registration/Check-in for all participants between noon – 12:45 p.m. on October 24.
Please bring a water bottle, sun-hat, and whatever you need for your walk (SF is cooler than one assumes).
If you can, please wear a white shirt, so on the busy streets of San Francisco we can be identified as a group.
Getting there: Public transportation is encouraged.
Parking near the starting point:
- Central Parking System, 600 California St, San Francisco, CA (488 ft SE)
- Portsmouth Square Garage, 733 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA (0.1 mi NE)
- Central Parking, 550 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA (0.1 mi E)
- St. Mary’s Square Garage, 433 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA ( 0.1 mi SE)
Ending Point: Mindfulness Care Center, 42 Gough St.
Getting back to your car: the M, J or F Light Rail plus Bus #30
Email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
To donate for the Walk either:
- send a check or money order to: Buddhist Global Relief, PO Box 1611, Sparta, New Jersey 07871 USA
- donate online at www.buddhistglobalrelief.org/active/donation.php
- or visit: [first giving page coming soon]
Please specify that you are donating to the San Francisco Walk event, so the local charity will benefit. THANK YOU!
Go to the Buddhist Global Relief website for more information about their projects and activities.
Buddhist Global Relief is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
Gifts are deductible to the full extent allowable under IRS regulations.