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Hoping To Survive In Gaza

“I don't know what else to say. I think we are going to die. It makes me sad that I cannot protect the child I made, I can't protect him from these missiles. I just can't. I don't have the superpower to end this madness.” ...

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Open Call for Proposals: BPF 2014 Gathering

Open Call For Proposals: BPF 2014 Gathering [divide style="2"] Dear Friends, Wisdom. Awareness. Action. Together! For the first time since 2006, Buddhist Peace Fellowship will host a national gathering, meeting face to face to deepen our practice in social justice and spiritual awakening. The gathering, headlined by Sulak Sivaraksa and Joanna Macy as our Friday night keynote speakers, will take place on Aug ...

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Why Google Protesters Were Right To Disrupt Wisdom 2.0

They say you can't be neutral on a moving train. So can you be mindful on a Google bus? [divide] Confrontation This weekend, as three Google presenters took the stage to discuss mindfulness and tech at the annual Wisdom 2.0 conference, they found themselves interrupted by a handful of protesters unfurling a large banner. EVICTION FREE SAN FRANCISCO, the canvas said. Shouting into a bullhorn, one protester ( ...

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No, *Let’s* Worry about Social Security: Or, On Language, Privilege, Responsibility, and Dharma Teaching

[ Note from the Editors: Enthusiastically re-posting this important piece, with permission, from the always-on-point Rev. Danny Fisher at Off The Cushion. Thank you, Rev.! ] Tricycle: The Buddhist Review recently posted on its a website a piece adapted from Andrew Holecek’s new book Preparing to Die (Shambhala Publications, 2013). It’s an otherwise serviceable teaching on practicing with the four reminders, ...

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5 Big Problems With Compassion-Baiting

Unfortunately, we spiritual-progressive types, including but not limited to dharma heads, seem to be particularly prone to something I call compassion-baiting. General compassion-baiting sounds something like: Try having more compassion. If you did, you'd see things my way.   And in social justice situations, specifically, compassion-baiting often sounds like: You're more upset / loud / angry about soc ...

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Tara Brach: Radical Acceptance and Spiritual Activism

[divide style="2"] I was hoping to be in touch with Tara about the possibility of writing a brief blog post for Turning Wheel Media on the relationship between radical acceptance and resistance to oppression. [divide]   When [BPF Co-Director] Katie asked me to offer a blog post for Turning Wheel Media, I had just completed a two part series of talks [Part 1]; [Part 2]; about aversive judgment and how i ...

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Thus Have I Seen: Hope

Seeing things as they are, mindfully, critically, and compassionately. 13. Hope Manhattan, 2013. "The storm was harsh, and was impermanent." [divide] [divide] Thus Have I Seen A contemplative photography series by Christian Zen practitioner Kyeongil Jung.   [divide style="3"] Kyeongil Jung is a Christian Zen practitioner and currently serves as the Director for the Saegil Christian Institute for Societ ...

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BPF Is Hiring! Come Work With Us As Director of Development

[Note 1/6]: Deadline for applications is almost here! If you've been thinking about applying but feeling nervous about fundraising, rest assured that your enthusiasm for connecting with fellow engaged Buddhists will take you far. :) [divide style="2"] As the year draws to a close, we're looking forward to a wonderful addition to the BPF team in 2014! The Buddhist Peace Fellowship is hiring a Director of Dev ...

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Equality As An Embodied Practice (VIDEO)

Does dharma's universality mean that it appears in the same way, to all people, in all circumstances? Or does our embodied experience in "realms" of existence — living in poverty, under occupation, with addiction, in abusive relationship — affect how the dharma shows up in our lives? Our friend Joshua Stephens explores these questions and more in this dharma talk, shared with permission. Enjoy! [youtube=htt ...

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Can Buddhists Help Heal Racism Without Addressing White Supremacy?

Recently we sent out a little BPF survey, asking folks what brings them happiness in connecting dharma and social justice. The outpouring of feedback has been incredibly heartwarming. As one person wrote, I see dharma and social justice as aspects of the same thing. BPF is like a breath of fresh air; like coming home; a strengthener. Gah! So wonderful to hear. In the survey, we also included a question call ...

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