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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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Working With Contraction: Awareness Practices

This is Part 3 of a 5-part series with Vanissar Tarakali, Ph.D., a body-whisperer who offers learn-through-the-body workshops & coaching for people who are transforming our world. She teaches how to collaborate wisely with our bodies to transform trauma & sustain social change. Healing oppression facilitator & DiversityWorks trainer, Dr. Tarakali passionately practices Generative Somatics, Intui ...

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Working With Contraction: Practices To Sustain Social Change

Welcome to September: a month of focus on Health and Healing at Turning Wheel Media!   We're thrilled to begin this month with a weekday series of posts from body worker Vanissar Tarakali, Ph.D., who offers theoretical perspectives and practical tools for healing, influenced by Tibetan Buddhist wisdom.  We thank her so much for being with us, and thank you for reading and joining the conversation.  May you ...

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Developing Leaders: Women PeaceMakers & Birth 2012

I come from the school of thought that we need all of us to step into leadership for peace and justice to become a reality. It takes leadership to name injustice. It takes leadership to organize your family, your neighbors, your friends, your community to function together in peaceful ways. It takes leadership to build collectives, organizations, and movements that have the power to change things at the sys ...

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Off the Cushion and Into the Streets

© 2012 Toni Lester Thanissara and Toni Lester met while participating in a program held at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. From the start, it was clear they shared a deep desire to show how mindfulness and spirituality-based traditions have supported their social change activism. They invited their friend, Lisa Moore from the Boston University School of Social Work, to help keep them on track. ...

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In Dialogue with Ajahn Sulak Sivaraksa: I Will Not Kill, I Will Not Steal (VIDEO)

What do the precepts of non-killing and non-stealing mean in our world filled with global violence and consumerism? Ajahn Sulak Sivaraksa, Thailand's 79-year-old leader of socially engaged Buddhism, spoke on this question at a Buddhist Peace Fellowship event on March 24, 2012. A founder of the International Network of Socially Engaged Buddhists and a recipient of the Niwano Peace Prize and the Right Livelih ...

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Sunday Morning West Oakland

[caption id="attachment_3141" align="alignright" width="159"] Photo by Carbon NYC[/caption] As the birds make their noises I ask myself questions. Why do we feel most alive when at war? The church sings hallelujah over and over across the empty street. A small blond child is playing harmonica to a cat when I find a scrap of paper on my floor with an invitation to discuss a quote downtown in the plaza that h ...

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Paper Cranes

I stood in Oscar Grant / Frank Ogawa Plaza late Wednesday evening, in the midst of a thousand people milling about in jubilation. The people claimed victory that night after peacefully retaking the Plaza, one night after the world watched Oakland police and 17 other law enforcement agencies shoot tear gas canisters and rubber bullets at a peaceful crowd. I returned to stand under the canopy of the city tree ...

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