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Towards Collective Liberation, or Why We Won’t Stop Talking About Racism

Race was a central theme at BPF’s National Gathering, with offerings like: The Invisible Majority: Will the Real Asian American Buddhist Please Stand Up? Revisiting the Middle Passage Pilgrimage Black Rage, Black Healing The UNTraining: Healing Personal and Social Oppressions Some have called our focus on race “divisive.” Rather than a divisive topic, direct discussions of race are essential for our liberat ...

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Creating the Next Vision for Peace

Kazu and Dawn discuss the benefits of creating a 500 year plan for peace, which allows us to envision possibilities which we were previously unable to imagine. This is the fourth and final post in a series of interviews with Kingian nonviolence trainer Kazu Haga. See also #1, #2 and #3. KAZU HAGA: One of the projects that I’m kind of most humbled and honored to have participated in during my time doing King ...

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We See Only Part of the Elephant: Collective Leadership at BPF

With our recent move from two Co-Directors to three, BPF staff and board have been contemplating what it means to have a leadership structure outside a more traditional hierarchical model. Personally, I have seen some Co-Directorships that work because the people involved think alike – they trust each other to view the world in similar ways and make similar decisions. Our Co-Directorship is different in tha ...

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Awakening in Service and Action: A Study Retreat on Socially Engaged Buddhism

Awakening in Service and Action: A Study Retreat on Socially Engaged Buddhism With David Loy & Donald Rothberg Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA April 17-23, 2014 More information About the Teachers Donald Rothberg: "Socially engaged Buddhism is a dharma practice that flows from the understanding of the complete yet complicated interdependence of all life. It is the practice of the bodhisattva ...

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Do We Scare Off People with our Spiritual Activism?

Kingian Nonviolence trainer Kazu Haga talks spiritual roots - both of Kingian nonviolence and his own. Together we explore when it's useful to show up as spiritual activists, and when we can take advice from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, who tailored his language differently when he was at a political march or in the pulpit. This is the third in our interview series together (see also #1 and #2). ~ Dawn [divi ...

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Nonviolence is Not Afraid of Confrontation

Kingian Nonviolence trainer Kazu Haga shares more about how peace work is not about avoiding conflict, or papering over oppression. This is the second in a series from our interview together (see also #1). ~ Dawn DAWN HANEY, Turning Wheel Media: Kazu, you do work with folks in prison, teens, and folks in Occupy movements - how do you think a person’s lived experience of oppression affects their commitment t ...

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Our Community Could Be Safe from Violence? Investing in the Possibility of Peace

I had the opportunity to sit down with Kingian Nonviolence trainer Kazu Haga a few weeks ago. Built on principles outlined by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Kingian Nonviolence offers inspirational and practical training in prisons, schools, and communities. This is the first in a series of excerpts from our interview together. ~ Dawn [divide] The Impossibility of Nonviolence We were in a training two years ag ...

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Sometimes You Just Want To Run and Hide. How To Reconnect To Happiness?

Even as a BPFer committed to furthering world peace, I’ll be honest: I’m sometimes tempted to turn off the news and go hide in a cave. (Not even meditate. Just hide.) The teetering precipice of nuclear disaster in Fukushima, monks murdering in the name of Buddhism in Burma, Renisha McBride killed in Detroit for seeking neighborly help while Black. It all feels like too much. It’s even tougher to stay presen ...

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