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CHAPTER MEETING: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 2017
TRAILS TO ENLIGHTENMENT: JAPAN’S KUMANO KODO
Presented by Lisa Albrecht


Deep among the mystical mountains of Japan’s Kii Peninsula lies a network of ancient pilgrimages trails known as the Kumano Kodo. For over 1,000 years, people have traversed these mountains - the arduous trek being an integral part of an age-old pilgrimage practice. Along the way, sacred Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples provided places to undergo worship and purification as the travelers made their way to the Three Grand Shrines that fulfilled their spiritual quest. Today, these treasures still wait to be discovered by spiritual seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. Lisa Albrecht will present a narrative with photographs that showcases the Nakahechi Route, which winds through the heart of the Kumano Mountains - and was the path used for centuries by the Imperial Family. Her trek was capped with a visit to the sacred monastery village of Koyasan, the seat of Shingon Buddhism, and one of the holiest places in Japan. White there, she witnessed the celebrations and rituals associated with the 1200th anniversary of its founding. Designated as a World Heritage Site in 2004, the Kumano Kodo shares this distinction with only one other pilgrimage route, Spain’s Camino de Santiago. Lisa will share information about the trails & temples and explain how easy it is to organize a
visit to the region.

SEPTEMBER Program

SEPTEMBER's Program


Presentation scheduled for Wednesday, September 13, 7:30, RMSC. We are very likely to have unimaginable and unprecedented global human suffering from Climate Change, yet, so far, there has been no meaningful response to that threat. The answer to “why?” is multilayered and complex. Many believe that better communication of information, scientific facts, will help, but to date that has not seemed to help much.
The Lost Bird Project, my non-profit based in New York, has taken a novel approach. Our mission is connecting more deeply to the earth through art. All of our many initiatives align with that. Parents care for their children in wondrous ways, often making very significant personal sacrifices, because they love their children. This is the deepest kind of connection. Lost Bird aims to foster a deep re-connection with the earth and our hope is that a deeper connection will lead to the activism we now so badly need.
In this talk, I will present a few of our projects and show how we do that. Included will be two Rochester based initiatives, The Fast Forward Film Festival and Earth Vigil, I will present our documentary film, The Lost Bird Project, and Fold-theFlock – The Passenger Pigeon Origami Project. Finally, I will present Smartfin, a technologically designed surfboard fin, that during normal surfing accurately measures ocean chemistry and wirelessly transmits the data to the worldwide ocean science community for research. If time permits, I will also mention our latest effort, a feature length documentary film, Rue des Elephants, that tells the story of the impending extinction of the African Forest Elephant.
 



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