About Turning Wheel
The Buddhist Peace Fellowship was founded by Robert Aitken Roshi, his wife Anne, and Nelson Foster on the back porch of Aitken Roshi’s Maui Zendo in 1978. The idea was to further the interdependent practice of awakening and social justice. The spark for BPF was struck from Roshi’s in-depth study of 19th and 20th century anarchism and his long experience as an antiwar and antimilitary activist. BPF continues to promote the interdependence of awakening and social justice to this day.
Over the course of time, as BPF grew and established chapters all over the United States, it found the need for a newsletter as a means of communicating between the national office and the BPF chapters. This was the humble beginning of what came to be known as Turning Wheel magazine.
The quality of the newsletter continued to improve, and soon Turning Wheel evolved into a magazine in its own right. Under the editorship of Susan Moon some of the best known thinkers and writers in socially engaged Buddhism appeared in Turning Wheel’s pages: Thich Nhat Hanh, Joanna Macy, Gary Snyder, Alice Walker, and of course our founder, Robert Aitken Roshi.
Since Susan Moon’s retirement in 2007, we at the Buddhist Peace Fellowship have been searching for ways to both expand Turning Wheel’s audience and maintain the strong link to the organization that gave birth to the magazine. As part of that process, we’ve found that the kind of interactivity and discussion that can happen on the internet provides exactly the tools we need to expand Turning Wheel’s mission and to bring Buddhist teachings into conversation with the world.