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November 9, 2016


A Powerful Coming Together at Standing Rock Reservation

On November 3, members of the clergy from across the United States participated in a prayer circle in front of a bridge where demonstrators are facing off against police during a Dakota Access pipeline protest on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation near Cannonball, North Dakota.

dakota-access-pipeline-demonstration-wendyjohnsoninphoto_nbcnewsnov32016Joining the prayer circle is Wendy Johnson in a light brown rakusu on the left in the front row with other Buddhists, including Joe Bobrow (teacher at Deep Streams Zen Institute in Santa Barbara, California) and Myōkyō (abbess of Enpuku-ji in Montreal, Quebec).

This groundswell of support has brought individuals worldwide to this remote location where they unite in the defense of Native American rights and against environmental hazards. As Suzuki Roshi said in his May 25, 1966 lecture on Genjokoan, “Moment after moment we exist in interdependency to past and future and other existence.”

(photo by STEPHANIE KEITH / Reuters)

For more photos and other details, see Episcopal News Service coverage and blog.

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  1. Sandra Luna
    Nov 10 2016


  2. Qayyum Johnson
    Nov 10 2016

    I am immensely grateful to all the people of Standing Rock and all of the gathered peoples bearing ethical witness to the Water Protectors. I am deeply encouraged by the peaceful convocation of religious leaders from myriad traditions. Thank you Wendy for presencing our thoughts, well-wishes and peaceful intentions to the diverse sangha in North Dakota.

  3. Taigen Leighton
    Nov 11 2016

    Deep thanks to Wendy Johnson and all who have supported the Standing Rock water and earth protectors. In these difficult times when our environment and civil liberties are threatened, the inspiring efforts of 1000s of native people at Standing Rock is one of the most important things happening in the world now. On Tuesday, November 15, there will be national demonstrations supporting the Standing Rock Sioux. See link below.
    Taigen Dan Leighton, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, Chicago


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