Buddhist Global Relief (BGR) is an community of Buddhists and friends of Buddhism who seek to give concrete expression to the Buddha’s great compassion for those in need. BGR is a charitable organization created in response to a challenge by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi to American Buddhists. Bhikkhu Bodhi, an American Buddhist monk and scholar who has translated much of the Buddhist canon into English, said:
The special challenge facing Buddhism in our age is to stand up as an advocate for justice in the world, a voice of conscience for those victims of social, economic, and political injustice who cannot stand up and speak for themselves. This, in my view, is a deeply moral challenge marking a watershed in the modern expression of Buddhism.
Please visit the BGR web site to learn more about BGR and its projects. BGR is holding a fund raising walk on the Chicago Lakefront Trail on Saturday, October 13. We hope that you can join us in the walk to demonstrate your support for the hungry and poverty-striken. We will gather at 10:00 am for a registration period and a short dhamma talk and begin the walk at 10:30 am. The walk is under 3 miles along Lake Michigan on the Lakefront Trail. The schedule and location of the walk are the following:
Starting point Foster Beach
5200 N Lake Shore Dr
Ending Point Lincoln Park Grove 15
3700 N Recreation Drive
Registration and Short Dhamma Talk 10:00 am
Walk Starts 10:30 am
Walk Ends and Concluding Talk 12:00 pm
The maps below show the walk location and starting and ending points.
Foster Beach is a large park, and we will start the walk at the location indicated in the image below.
The ending point is Grove 15 in Lincoln Park, which is marked in the map below.
You can register for the walk and donate at a FirstGiving page created for the Chicago Walk. There is more information about BGR’s other events in October – ten across the United States and one in the United Kingdom – at the BGR Events page and FAQ page.
BGR is an all-volunteer organization, and 90% of the contributions are given to worthy projects around the world. If you would like to learn more about the Chicago Walk and BGR, please contact ChicagoWalk@buddhistglobalrelief.org
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