February 26, 2004

Day one of the walk

The altar in the shrine room at the pagoda.

Last night when I got to the Peace Pagoda, everyone was in the shrine room for a ceremony to commemorate the death of the founder of their order's mother, and also to celebrate the 20th anniversary of buying the land for the pagoda. So I got to see their alter in action, so to speak. It had lots of buddhas and other items on and around it. It was so colorful that I took a picture.

Giving our peace packet to Lisa, the Pittsfield's mayor's assitant.

Today we walked from Pittsfield to Lee, stopping in Lenox for a lunch break. We started in Pittsfield at the city hall, and stopped by the mayor's office to give him a packet with information about the mayor's campaign for peace. His assistant came out to the steps of the city hall and accepted the packet from us.

Scenes from today's walk.

My legs are sore after a day of walking. We're at the UCC church in Lee, where we're about to meet some people from the community for a pot luck supper and gathering. One of the things that struck me about today was how much everyone on the road just rushes by. I think what really struck me, was that normally I'm one of the drivers, just rushing by everything in my life. However, today I was moving slowly, walking on the side of the road, while other drivers rushed by. It's nice to slow down sometimes, and not be in such a hurry.

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