Change Your Mind Day

Source: The New York Times

On June 5, 1999, The New York Times published an article
on the busy summer for public Buddhist events in the United States.
June 5th is the sixth annual Change Your Mind Day, which is a “free
program being offered…to introduce people to Buddhist meditation.”
The event is sponsored by Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and is
being held in New York City, San Francisco, and Williamsport,
Pennsylvania. On July 10th, Buddhists in Alaska will hold a similar
event in Anchorage. On the morning of August 15th, the Dalai Lama
will give a public lecture in Central Park.


Change Your Mind Day

Source: New York Daily News

On June 5, 1999, the Daily News published an article
describing this year’s Change Your Mind Day. It is a five-hour
festival of music, poetry, contemplative exercises, and introduction
to meditation that is to be held in Central Park. Scheduled to
perform or speak are composer Philip Glass, poet Anne Waldman, author
Sharon Salzberg, and Nicholas Vreeland, a Buddhist monk who runs the
Tibet Center in midtown Manhattan. Rande Brown, who organized the New
York event, stated: “Teachers will demonstrate techniques of
meditation and explain some of the philosophy behind them. At times,
we will meditate for as long as 10 minutes. But it is something,
seeing thousands of people sitting in silence. The same when
everybody chants. It’s special.” Last year, approximately 3000 people
showed up for the New York event.


Change Your Mind Day

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On June 4, 1999, The San Francisco Chronicle reported
that Change Your Mind Day will take place at Golden Gate Park on June
5th. The event is being held for the first time outside of New York
City’s Central Park. The Buddhists in San Francisco plan to hook up
with their counterparts in New York via cell phone during a
meditation session. The San Francisco event is sponsored by the San
Francisco Zen Center, Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County,
California, and the Bay Area Shambhala Centers.