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Interview: Lizandra Vidal, Ayiti Yoga

Lizandra Vidal and I did our yoga teacher training together back in 2011, in Washington, DC. I'm very excited to have reconnected with her and learn what she's up to — teaching yoga in Port Au Prince, Haiti, with the country's first and only yoga studio, Project Zen. ...

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Joanna Macy & Sulak Sivaraksa: Tickets On Sale Today

This Keynote event is open to the public and we’d love to have you join us. The event will also mark the beginning of a weekend-long BPF National Gathering: multigenerational Buddhist activists from around the country, meeting face-to-face to deepen our practice in social justice and spiritual awakening. ...

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The PBG and The False Promise of Mindfulness

Within a week of coming out of my recent 6 month silent vipassana retreat, I found myself pulled back into the tumbling vortex of daily life. Within two weeks I had broken out in shingles, my doctors warning me that I could lose vision in my left eye if I wasn’t careful. “Are you stressed?” the ophthalmologist asked. “Maybe you should try meditation.” The experience of a vipassana retreat isn’t very well-re ...

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Tapping the 4th Precept for words the heart wants to hear

[TRIGGER WARNING: This post contains information that may be disturbing to survivors of sexual assault.] The week before I got married, my fiancé and I were writing and rehearsing the things we were going to say to one another to cement our commitments -- specifically, our wedding vows. We also started practicing using the words “husband” and “wife,” noticing how new and strange these words felt on our lips ...

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Buddhism in an Age of Manufactured Impermanence

Beautiful iris. Soon this photograph will be all that is left. Some might say the same of the Earth itself. That because nothing lasts, we shouldn't care that much if fracking has become a worldwide activity, or species extinction is happening at an alarmingly fast pace these days, or that the rainforests that many of these disappearing species live in are also disappearing, being shredded for profit. It's ...

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No Bullshit Buddhist Advice: Can I be seen for who I am?

No Bullshit Buddhist Advice is a new weekly column on Turning Wheel Media. NBSBA welcomes questions about everything. We'll answer with a little bit of common sense, a medium amount of humor, and some Buddhist-y advice. To submit questions anonymously, please go here.  Dear No Bullshit Buddhist Advice, I'm really frustrated--here's the story: I work as a youth and young-adult counselor in a social-justice o ...

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We See Only Part of the Elephant: Collective Leadership at BPF

With our recent move from two Co-Directors to three, BPF staff and board have been contemplating what it means to have a leadership structure outside a more traditional hierarchical model. Personally, I have seen some Co-Directorships that work because the people involved think alike – they trust each other to view the world in similar ways and make similar decisions. Our Co-Directorship is different in tha ...

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The Causes and Conditions of Economic Injustice

The first of the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths pointed to us the truth of suffering. Suffering needs to be recognized as such and faced head-on if we wish to truly alleviate it. Our efforts to deny it or indulge in sensory indulgences to distract ourselves from it will inevitably lead to more suffering. In the Second Noble Truth, the Buddha dives deeper to untangle the cause of this state of dukkha, this unsat ...

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