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Fast for Peace at Westlake Center

February 9 @ 12:00 pm - February 11 @ 11:00 am


Buddhist Monks to Fast for Peace at Westlake Center

Friday’s Opening Day of the Winter Olympics in Korea brings an order of Japanese Buddhist Monks to Seattle’s Westlake Center Plaza to fast and pray for peace.

The Reverend Senji Kanaeda of the Nipponzan Myohoji order will be joined by fellow peace activists in 55 hours of fasting from Friday, February 9 to Sunday, February 11.

  • Friday, beginning at Noon
  • Saturday, from 9:00AM to 3:00PM
  • Sunday, from 9:00AM to 3:00PM

The public is invited to join them any time during those hours in praying, chanting, and drumming and/or fasting for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Information will be available on how people can get involved in bringing peace to the Korean Peninsula and reducing the risk of violent conflict and nuclear war.

This event intends to heighten awareness of increased nuclear threat arising from military confrontation and rhetoric between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Hailing from Japan where nuclear weapons once annihilated hundreds of thousands of their citizens, Nipponzan Myohoji Monks are committed to spreading the word about the inevitability of a full scale nuclear war destroying the world as we know it.

Kanaeda lives with fellow monks at their Temple on Bainbridge Island, but he spends many months of the year leading long peace walks that cover much of the Pacific Northwest from Yakima to Olympia to Seattle and beyond. These colossal walks often culminate on the Kitsap Peninsula where a vast portion of the U.S. nuclear arsenal is deployed on Trident Submarines. The monks regularly attend vigils and demonstrations at the U.S. Naval Base, Bangor to protest nuclear preparation and expansion.

Currently the Rev. Kanaeda is leading an effort to build a Peace Pagoda on the Kitsap Peninsula and has a design concept drawn for it. A pagoda is a small beautifully tiered temple dedicated to peace. Nipponzan Myohoji Monks have built pagodas in several countries. Their dedication to peace and nuclear abolition has taken them on walks virtually around the world. The fasting event at Westlake Center is one of the many peace activities that comprise Kanaeda’s fully dedicated life.

“We are focusing on the abolition of all nuclear weapons on earth and realizing the safety of the world for now and the next generations,” Kanaeda said. He can be reached at 207-780-6739 or cell 206-724-7632 or kanaedasenji@gmail.com.

Endorsing organizations include Rainier Valley Neighbors for Peace and Justice and Earth Care not Warfare.

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February 9 @ 12:00 pm
February 11 @ 11:00 am
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Br. Senji Kanaeda or Br. Gilberto Perez
206-780-6739(temple) or 206-419-7262, 206-724-7632(mobile)


Westlake Park
401 Pine Street
Seattle, WA United States
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