This short video features highlights from May We Gather: A National Buddhist Memorial Ceremony for Asian American Ancestors. The ceremony, held on May 4th, 2021, forty-nine days after the Atlanta-area shootings that claimed the lives of eight people, including six women of Asian descent, was the first national Buddhist memorial service in response to anti-Asian violence.
The video was released one hundred days after the tragedy in Atlanta, marking an important memorial period in many Buddhist traditions.
Brooklyn Zen Center joined the May 4th gathering as a partner sangha. We invite you all to watch the video, which features Buddhist chanting and reflections from forty-nine Asian American Buddhist leaders of South, Southeast, and East Asian descent.