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Graeber On Debt and Violence

A few fellow BPFers have shared this video with us on our Facebook wall, and we wanted to bump it to the front page and ask what you might think about it.  An especially provocative point, that also speaks to why we at Buddhist Peace Fellowship are interested in a subject like debt: Normally, people do favors for one another; they feel in one other's debt in this very broad sense … But when we're talking ab ...

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Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Joanna Macy, & Ven. Pannavati Bhikkhuni (VIDEO)

At last!  The much-anticipated video interview with three beloved Buddhist leaders, addressing big questions in engaged Buddhism. What is the role of not-knowing?  How do we overcome individualism in our practice?  By what means might our practice actually improve our change-making efforts? Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi (right) is a New York-based ordained monastic who co-founded the well-known Buddhist Global Relief, ...

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Open Thread

How are you feeling today?  What would you like to share, or get off your chest? This is an open thread for anyone to share what we wish.  If you don't feel like saying anything, that's okay, too.  Plenty of time for that later. :) Wishing you happiness, ease, joy, and well being — today, and every day. ============== Photo: "Meditation By The Lake," by Hartwig Kopp Delaney.  Creative Commons License.  ...

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Call For Submissions: Debt and Dharma

At a debt strike action in September, Amin Husain (right) burned a statement from the IRS sent after he raided his 401k to help pay for treatment for his father's pancreatic cancer. Husain is not alone in his struggles.  Far from it. An individualist culture tends to frame debt as a primarily personal, not political issue, but in truth it's a systemic problem. Overwhelming debt has long been an issue at the ...

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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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