International Buddhist Peace Fellowship to Participate in Hiroshima, Nagasaki Commemorations

August 3, 2005

Source: Buddhist Peace Fellowship

On August 3, 2005 a Buddhist Peace Fellowship Press Release reported, "Eleven chapters of the international Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF) are taking part in Hiroshima/Nagasaki commemorations in 14 locations in the U.S. and Australia, including major events at the sites of nuclear labs and testing grounds in Los Alamos, New Mexico; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Livermore, California. Susan Moon, author and editor of BPF's journal Turning Wheel, explained why BPF is involved: 'As a socially engaged Buddhist, I attempt to not turn away from suffering. It's important to remember the atomic fire that burned and eventually killed more than 300,000 people in Japan. We can't ever let that happen again. Even though the horrific destruction of these two cities happened 60 years ago, the same kind of violence has the potential to happen today. Our government is still testing and manufacturing these bombs. As Buddhists, we need to speak out and help people remember that we're all connected to each other.'"