The Buddhist flag (right) debuted in Sri Lanka in 1855 and was adopted internationally in 1952. The rainbow pride flag, designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978, has become a symbol of LGBTIQ hope and progress worldwide.
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Larry Yang, East Bay Meditation Center:
This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible.
Observing Sentient Beings
Assemble an Ocean of Blessings
—Chapter 25, Lotus Sutra
May those suffering loss feel held in our love;
may those suffering from hatred be healed with compassion;
may yet more violence awaken our collective dedication to living from peaceful, open hearts.