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NYC Buddhist Communities at the People's Climate March

New York Insight

Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

NYC Buddhist Communities at the People's Climate March

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"When we come together to celebrate our love for the natural world and all of the beings that inhabit it, and when we take a stand to counter the forces of craving, aversion, and delusion, we reclaim our own inner stability and strength and live closer to the truth, closer to the Dharma. Together, we can seek to ensure that our descendants and fellow species inherit a livable planet. Individually and collectively, we will be honoring the great legacy of the Dharma and fulfill our heart’s deepest wish to serve and protect all life."
International Dharma Teachers Statement on Climate

In September, heads of state (including President Obama) are coming to New York City for a historic summit on climate change. With our future on the line, we will take a weekend and use it to bend the course of history. Without a doubt, the People’s Climate March will be the largest single event on climate that has been organized to date.

Sangha members from Buddhist communities from around the city and the country will march together. Participating Organizations Include: Brooklyn Zen Center, Buddhist Council of NY, Buddhist Global Relief, The Interdependence Project, New York Insight, Newark Community Meditation Center, Rock Blossom Sangha, Shambhala Meditation Center of New York, Shantideva Meditation Center, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, White Plains Zen, and Zen Center of New York City.

RSVP on this page to march with us. You will receive more details & updates about the event as the date nears.

You can learn more about Buddhists mobilizing for the March here.

March Info for Buddhists and Other Mindful Activists

(please note: you do not need to print this ticket or bring any rsvp to attend the march and you can bring as many friends as will come!)



What:         The biggest climate march in history!

When:        Sunday, September 21

  • Interfaith service starts at 11am
  • Meet up time is 12 noon
  • Step off time for the march is between 12:30 and 1:30pm (please note: this start time is later than the one on the PCM website because we are located at the end of the march and it will take AT LEAST one hour for our group to start)

Where:       The general march will start from Columbus Circle and go east on 59th St. It will be a 2-3 mile march and end between 34th St and 38th St on 11th Ave. The route is estimated to be 2.5 hours.


Buddhist Communities will meet on 58th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues, closer to 8th Avenue, at 12 noon. HOWEVER, the 8th Avenue entrance to this block will be closed so please enter at 9th Avenue.

For those traveling by Subway, we assume the 59th St. Subway station will be very crowded and involve extensive delays. All other marchers will be assembling north of us, using stations at 66th St, 72nd St, etc. We advise approaching our gathering place from the south and considering the 50th St stations for the C train, the E train, or the #1 train.

58th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues is the block for the Interfaith Groups, and Buddhist communities will have our own flag to identify us – there will likely be a fair number of people in robes ;-). Also, there will be march volunteers to guide you.

Please be aware that if the march attracts the numbers that we hope it will, the block might become full well before the march starts. We’ll need everybody to be flexible and recognize that if you come to the march location late or the numbers are much larger than expected, you may not be able to march with our group. Arrive early!

The most important thing is that we all show up and march!

 Some sanghas will be meeting at their centers or other meeting points and traveling to the march together. You may want to check with friends and sangha members to arrange meeting points outside of Columbus Circle as the immediate march area will be quite crowded. Have a march "buddy" to make sure you are never too lost or alone. Also, make a plan of where you'll meet your friends after the march in case you can't find them and/or your phone runs out of batteries.


You are invited to:

  • Bring hand-bells & hand-drums (be aware that sticks and metal rods are not allowed in the march)
  • Wear a unifying color in your group
  • Make/bring signs expressing Dharma messages


Bring things that help communicate the message:

  • Make your own signs and banners and t-shirts and flags – be creative
  • Carry signs or banners that let people know where you are from – what organization, what city or state, what country
  • Remember: only cardboard tubing or string can be used to carry signs, banners, flags, etc.
  • Music that does not need amplification is encouraged

Items that will make your day more comfortable:

  • Bring some light food and drinks…it will be a long day
  • Wear comfortable shoes!!
  • Check the weather and dress appropriately
  • There will be Porta Potties near the beginning and at the end of the March
  • Some food trucks will be waiting at the end of the March (11th Ave betw 38th-34th Sts)


  • Do not bring any amplified sound systems.
  • Do not bring signs, banners or flags that are carried on wooden sticks or metal rods, only cardboard tubing or string is allowed.
  • Do not weigh yourself down with unnecessary clothing or other items that you will have to carry all day long…travel lightly.


 We are all asked to respect the following agreements:

  • We will use no violence (physical or verbal) towards any person.
  • We will not destroy or damage property.
  • We will promote a tone of respect, honesty, transparency, and accountability in our actions.
  • We will not carry anything that can be construed as a weapon, nor possess (or consume) any alcohol or drugs.
  • We will all hold each other accountable to respecting these agreements.

Have questions about NYC Buddhist Communities at the People's Climate March? Contact New York Insight

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