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Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day By Supporting Native Struggles!

Indigenous resistance: not just a matter of history, but still happening all over the world. As Buddhists committed to active non-harming, how can we support these efforts? Recognize Indigenous presence in our own sanghas As Andrea Smith points out in Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy, the logic of genocide "holds that indigenous peoples must disappear. In fact, they must always be d ...

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Not-So-Secret Buddhist Reveal and Book Giveaway: Gabor Maté

Are you a fan of the work of physician Gabor Maté? Yep. So are we. And so is Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine, who says of him: “Gabor Maté’s connections—between the intensely personal and the global, the spiritual and the medical, the psychological and the political—are bold, wise and deeply moral. He is a healer to be cherished…” And that's why we're excited to give away a signed copy of his late ...

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ACTION ALERT: Anti-Pipeline Sit-In Outside BC Parliament

Heads up (via Jill Baptist on the BPF Facebook page — thanks, Jill!): Tzeporah Berman, Stephen Lewis, David Suzuki, Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben will be among 80 high-profile public figures sitting outside the BC parliament on October 22 to protest tar sands pipelines and oil tankers along the west coast. The sit-in protest is expected to be the largest act of peaceful civil disobedience on the issue to da ...

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ACTION ALERT: Facing Execution for Killing His Abusers

Have you heard about the Terry Williams case?  As Democracy Now reports (view the whole video segment here): Advocates for child victims of sexual abuse are calling on Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett to grant clemency to Terrance "Terry" Williams, who is scheduled to be executed on October 3. In 1986, Williams was convicted of killing Amos Norwood. What the jury in that case did not know is that Norwood had s ...

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Practicing Wise Speech: NVC-Dharma

Wise speech is a foundational practice for socially engaged Buddhists. As we bring our practice off the cushion and into the world, we step out of noble silence and open our mouths to speak. What comes out? ...

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Event: Being Buddhist in a Christian Society: Focus on Women

The Seattle Buddhist Temple and its Buddhist Women’s Association are sponsoring a fall conference. Being Buddhist in a Christian Society: Focus on Women Saturday, Sept. 29, 9:30-3:30 pm Seattle Buddhist Temple The event is billed as a “day to gain understanding of the connection between Buddhism and women’s everyday lives.Speakers are Rev. Patti Oshita, Buddhist Church of Sacramento, whose topic is “Everyda ...

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Alert! Thousands of Nonviolent Anti-Nuclear Protesters In India Facing Police Repression

My friend Umi, an anti-nuclear activist from Japan, alerted me to the situation unfolding right now in Tamil Nadu, southern India, where thousands of nonviolent protesters at the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant are facing tear gas, baton beatings, arrests, and more from police. I haven't found too much mainstream media coverage on it yet (anyone else?), so that means it's up to all of us! Please share these ...

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Beyond Meditation: How Else Can Buddhism Change Politics?

Republican Senators in downward facing dog. Democrat Chiefs of Staff sitting in meditation. Political journalists receiving a massage. How might this change politics in the US if this were the norm? The HuffPost Oasis seeks to change the landscape of politics by offering yoga, meditation, massage, and a space for folks to unplug at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Arianna Huffington break ...

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What’s Your Big Question? (VIDEO)

How do we get beyond nonviolence as a foregone moral conclusion, and investigate how people might choose to deploy nonviolence strategically in high-stakes situations? How do we get beyond individual solutions like using cloth bags at the grocery store, and address the roots of what destroys our earth, like greed enshrined in capitalism? How do we work collectively, when our Buddhist and activist communitie ...

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