The weather was beautiful for Portland’s second Walk to Feed the Hungry.
On Aug. 18 about 35 people walked the 2-mile route, led by Ajahn Sudanto, Ajahn Kassapo and Tan Suddhiko, the current residents of Pacific Hermitage. This is a Theravada monastery in White Salmon, Washington, north of Portland.
The walk was one of a series of similar events around the world initiated by Buddhist Global Relief. These included a Seattle walk scheduled for Sept. 15, past the production deadline for the fall issue of this publication.
Buddhist Global Relief was founded by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, a well-known Western-born monastic and translator of dhamma texts.
This year’s Portland walk was very successful, with 125 donors contributing more than $9,000 to support the food donation work of Buddhist Global Relief and the Oregon Food Bank. This was well beyond the goal of $8,000.
Donors also gave almost 200 pounds of non-perishable food to the food bank, enough to provide 150 meals for local people. Many others offered their time and heartful support.
The walk began and ended at Portland Friends of the Dhamma, a southeast Portland Theravada Buddhist center.
Before the walk began the crowd celebrated the 50th birthday of Ajahn Sudanto, abbot of Pacific Hermitage, with cake, ice cream, and a candle-lit ceremony of sharing good will.
Before starting the walkers were inspired by a series of remarks by Ajahn Sudanto; by Sakula , spiritual director of Portland Friends of the Dhamma; and by Matthew Grad, one the of the organizers of the walk.
After the walk was done the walkers returned to snacks and drinks, generously provided by the volunteers.
Walk organizers Grad and Christopher Konczyk are deeply grateful, to everyone who showed support by donating, fundraising, spreading the word, volunteering, walking or simply sending out good wishes.