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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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Possibilities and Limits Part 2: Healing and Practice as a Path to Liberation

I came to know Staci Haines as a powerful teacher and guide when I became a student in the Somatics and Trauma Practitioner Training offered by Staci and Generative Somatics. Coming from a background as both a meditation practitioner and a radical mental health activist with a trauma-based analysis, I was deeply moved by Staci’s work. Her approach locates healing from trauma and oppression as an embodied pr ...

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The World is Watching Oakland

Tonight I witnessed one of the most incredible things I have ever seen. One night after the Oakland police brutally attacked a thousand nonviolent protesters with tear gas, sound grenades, and rubber bullets, the people of Oakland responded by meeting in a peaceful  general assembly of 3000 community members to come to consensus about how to move forward. ...

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Fall 2011 Mini-Magazine

It's here! The 1st downloadable print version of the Turning Wheel Media mini–magazine. Click here to download your copy: 2011 October Mini-Mag Featuring our top 3 articles: Limits and Possibilities: Healing and Practice as a Path to Liberation, an Interview with Staci Haines & David Treleaven Occupy Wall Street: One No, Many Yes’s, A Political History of the Occupy Movement, by Joshua  Stephens Unfinis ...

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Meeting Our History

As we launch the new Turning Wheel Media, we are reflecting on where we have been, where we are going, and what the necessary transformations might look like. This cultural moment is ripe with change—from the Arab spring to the Occupy movement, from spiritual teachers re-visioning what healing can look like to examining whether liberation is even possible. It may be true that “every situation is an expressi ...

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Why Bodhisattvas Stare at Walls

The old winter light like the desert. The memory of war in green places. The dryness in our mouths, the paralysis in our limbs, the way it feels to let your skull be heavy against the floor, the rising and falling, the walk we should be taking to end the word should, the way it all wells up between our ears; the songs, the grief, the attempts to keep the sun on our skin for a thousand years, to balance at t ...

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Possibilities & Limits Part 1: Healing and Practice as a Path to Liberation

I came to know Staci Haines as a powerful teacher and guide when I became a student in the Somatics and Trauma Practitioner Training offered by Staci and Generative Somatics. Coming from a background as both a meditation practitioner and a radical mental health activist, with a trauma-based analysis, I was deeply moved by Staci's work. Her approach locates healing from trauma and oppression as an embodied p ...

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The Legacy: Back Issue Downloads

Download print-ready issues of Turning Wheel here! 2010 Winter Issue of Turning Wheel Magazine: Winter in America: Compassion for Hard Times Robert Aitken Roshi Remembered Relfections on the U.S. Social Forum Lin Jensen on Bringing Buddhist Teaching Inside High Desert State Prison Fighting Homelessness, Building Community: A Conversation with Noah Jennings and Rider Conway Winter in America: A Gallery of Gr ...

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Winter in America: The Urban Art of Chris Stain

by Chris Stain I got into art through graffiti when I was 11. It was the mid ‘80s, and my East Baltimore neighborhood was going through changes. It was a predominantly working class block with people from all walks of life. There were bricklayers and steamfitters, steel workers, longshoreman, and factory workers. Some were Native American, African American, some Irish, some Latino, some Polish, Scottish, It ...

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Media Reviews from Winter 2010

That Bird Has My Wings: The Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row by Jarvis Jay Masters Harper One, 2009, 304 pages, $14.99, paperback Reviewed by Hozan Alan Senauke Jarvis Masters lives on San Quentin’s East Block, home to nearly 500 of the nearly 700 men on California’s Death Row. It was in the solitary confinement of San Quentin’s Adjustment Center that he became a practicing Buddhist. And it was ...

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