Buddhist Festival Takes Place in Nashville

October 23, 2005

Source: The Buddhist Channel


On October 23, 2005 The Buddhist Channel reported, "Without a code to live by, Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano believes, humans drift along on the winds of desire and satisfaction but have no peace. The Theravada monk said this thirst for enlightenment and a code to live by is the force that would bring more than a hundred people, Buddhists and otherwise, to a Buddhist festival on a beautiful Saturday when they could be having a cookout or playing football. 'Even for the nonreligious or those with no interest in Buddhism, there is something going on underneath, and that is a desire for transcendence,' said Nyanasobhano, wearing a yellow robe and sitting beneath a tent at the Third Annual Nashville Buddhist Festival. Buddhists, Christians and the interested gathered yesterday on the lawn behind the barn at the First Church Unity in Nashville... The festival brought together speakers from four main schools of Buddhist teaching represented in the Nashville area — Theravada, Tibetan, Shambhala and Zen. The day started off with 108 gong strikes, the sacred number that represents the 12 months multiplied by the nine planets — in other words, all time and space. Panelists addressed questions about Buddhist traditions and enlightenment, and speakers shared stories from their respective Buddhist traditions."