Remembering Dennis Banks


On Oct. 29th, 2017, Dennis Banks, beloved friend of Jun-san Yasuda and the Grafton Peace Pagoda, a renowned Anishanabe activist, teacher and writer, died at the age of 80. He was surrounded in song by his children and grandchildren.

On Saturday Dec. 16th the Leverett Peace Pagoda will host the 49 Days Commemoration of Dennis Banks, starting at 10:30am. It is located at 100 Cave Hill Rd, Leverett, MA. (413) 367-2202

Also, save the date for the 25th Anniversary of the Grafton Peace Pagoda, which will also be the 1 Year Commemoration of Dennis Banks on October 6 or 7, 2018.

We honor the life of this beloved friend with this video memory:






Grafton Peace Pagoda Statement

“Civilization is not to kill human beings;
Not to destroy things not to make war; Civilization is to hold mutual affection and to respect one another.”
– most venerable Nichidatsu Fuji

Alex Ciccolo joined the “No More Fukushimas” peace walk around Lake Ontario in July and August 2012. He walked with us as we sought to bring attention to human suffering and environmental degradation around Lake Ontario as a result of the nuclear cycle.

The peace walks which our order has organized all over the world since the end of World War II are deeply rooted in, and inspired by, nonviolent peaceful movements for change as practiced by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Alex walked with us in that spirit of nonviolence. we have not had contact with Alex since 2012.

Our dream is for peace and friendship all over the world. Our planet is suffering, and violence will never be the solution. Our prayer is for people to come together peacefully all over the world and to work nonviolently to make our tiny beautiful planet a place of peace generations to come.





Sunrise Ceremony

peacepagoda hank


Saturday, September 1, 2012, 7AM

19th Anniversary Celebration of Opening of The Grafton Peace Pagoda

17th Commemoration of Hank Hazelton, Peace Pagoda property donor

Buddhist Sacred Ceremony
Interfaith Prayer
Closing Music

We gather this year to celebrate the 19th anniversary of the building of the Peace Pagoda and to commemorate Hank Hazelton’s passing on September 1, 17 years ago.  Hank’s vision of creating a community of people dedicated to creating a more just and peaceful world has brought so many beautiful people together during this prologue to the 20th anniversary.   We are gathering at sunrise, a most sacred time, to honor Hank and all who have been a part of the Grafton Peace Pagoda community over the years.  We will share a potluck breakfast together after the ceremony. If getting here early is difficult you can arrange to spend the night by calling a few days ahead so we can plan.

For more information please call the Peace Pagoda at (518) 658 – 9301
Nipponzan Myohoji – Grafton Peace Pagoda
87 Crandall Road, Petersburg, NY 12138





Hiroshima Ceremony

67th Commemoration Ceremony of Hiroshima-Nagasaki
Grafton Peace Pagoda
Saturday August 11th, 2012

Nuclear Free Future
First Commemoration of Fukushima

“Nuclear power and mankind cannot coexist. We survivors of the atomic bomb have said this all along. And yet, the use of nuclear power was camouflaged as ‘peaceful’ and continued to progress. You never know when there’s going to be a natural disaster. You can never say that there will never be a nuclear accident.”

–Sumiteru Taniguchi is director of the Nagasaki Council of A-Bomb Sufferers

The radiation released from Fukushima is 20-30X that of the bombing of Hiroshima with worldwide consequences for all living things.

6:45pm Walk from Grafton Town Square to Peace Pagoda (4.3 miles)

8:30 Program of Peace

John Armbruster-Seismologist, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Cecile Pineda – Author of Devil’s Tango: How I learned the Fukushima Step by Step

The astonishing anatomy of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster

Ceremonial Lighting of Lanterns

Interfaith Peace Prayers Native American Prayers

Eric Marczak  – Native American Flute

Rain or shine.  Please wear weather-appropriate clothes and bring a flashlight and insect repellant.  You may also want a blanket.

For information on the ceremony prior to the event please call Heidi (518) 588-7122

Grafton Peace Pagoda  87 Crandall Road  Petersburg, NY 12138 (518) 658-9301





Updates On Current Peace Walk

Early morning on Thursday July 19th five of the walkers of the No More Fukushimas Peace Walk crossed the border into Canada with no problem. The other vehicle with a few walkers and the walkers’ luggage was not able to make it.

The walk is looking for support. Come out and walk for a week, a day, or an hour. March in solidarity with the walkers or come to a potluck dinner, spread the word!

To join the walk call Lauren C. 1 413 320 2856 or Vanessa Z. 1 978 696 1312
What you need: Walking shoes, Water, Sleeping Bag
Here are some recent articles about the walk: