143Buddhist Retreat in New Mexico
- May 3, 2000Dear Friends,
This is an announcement for a unique Buddhist retreat taking place at
the end of this month. Please join us.
Faith in Action: Liberating the Conscious Heart
A Meditation Retreat to be held May 22 - 26, 2000
at Los Alamos National Laboratory
Sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, the Mountain Cloud Zen
Center of Santa Fe, and the Los Alamos Study Group, an organization
advocating nuclear disarmament.
From Monday afternoon, May 22 through Friday night, May 26, there
be a silent prayer and meditation retreat at the Los Alamos National
Los Alamos is a place primarily devoted to the design, production,
promotion of nuclear weapons. It is here that the bombs dropped on
Hiroshima and Nagasaki were designed and built. The laboratory is
proud of this "accomplishment." Today, nuclear weapons research
continues on a grand scale. The purpose of this retreat is to protest
the continuing development and manufacture of these weapons, bearing
witness in and through our presence and contemplative religious
This event will be an opportunity to deepen our spirituality, open
dialogues within our faith communities, and demonstrate our
in the face of institutionalized violence.
Our spiritual life exists in a society steeped in violence of all
kinds: physical violence, violence against the human spirit, and
violence against the earth. Our spiritual work, in whatever form it
may take, must bear witness to another way.
We know that our human responsibilities cannot be met with good
intentions alone. But how can we act in solidarity with all life,
joy and in confidence? In this retreat, we will be facing this
question directly, living inside it, and whatever else we also find,
we will ourselves be answers.
Schedule and Logistics
If you drive here, please arrive at the Ponderosa Campground of
Bandelier National Monument no later than 2:00 pm on Monday, May 22
(we will send you a map).
If you fly here, we will pick you up at the Albuquerque airport on
Monday--but only if you arrive NO LATER THAN NOON.
The retreat will begin with a guided tour of the lab at 3:00 pm
followed by informal dinner and tea, orientation, assignment of
retreat responsibilities, opening dedication, and the first period of
silent meditation. Meditation and prayer will then begin again at
am the next morning at the campground, and will continue in regular
periods for the rest of the week. There will be periods of silent
walking throughout each day and a short talk with discussion each
We will provide a vegetarian breakfast and dinner; participants will
join nuclear weapons workers for lunch in the main lab cafeteria
(about $6 per day; bring cash).
Each evening, presentations and group discussion will take place at
historic Fuller Lodge in downtown Los Alamos, the civic "heart" of
town. The evening sessions will be open to the public.
The retreat will conclude at 9:00 pm on Friday evening. Breakfast
be served on Saturday at the campground for those who will be staying
overnight. Vans will leave for the airport at 9:00 am, arriving there
at 11:00 am.
Those wishing to join the retreat on a part-time basis may attend one
or more morning or afternoon sessions. If you come, you must stay for
the whole morning or afternoon.
If you wish to come in the morning, please come quietly to Ponderosa
Campground between 6:40 and 6:50 am.
If you wish to join in the afternoon, please come to the campground
before 1:00 pm. Vans will return you to the campground at roughly
pm and 5:15pm.
Do not attempt to drive directly to the retreat lab security
will turn you away.
-------- Yes, I will attend full time
-------- I will attend on these dates:
-------- I will attend as an individual.
-------- I will be representing an organization. Name and address of
-------- I have some special dietary needs:
-------- I will need to stay indoors, or have other special needs:
-------- I can bring a tent which could shelter ____ people.
The cost for the full retreat is $60.00. For those attending
part-time, the cost is $18.00 per day or $10.00 for each half-day.
RETURN THIS FORM TO:
Los Alamos Study Group
212 East Marcy Street #10, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Tel. (505) 982-7747 Fax (505) 982-8502