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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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What Would the Buddha Do?

"David Loy's new blog pulls no punches. Jumping off from the recent IPCC climate disruption report, he engages us deeply with the profound questions of whether and how Buddhadharma can be a force for the change we must see in the world. A provocative read!" —Belinda Griswold, BPF Board Member [divide] What Would the Buddha Do? [divide style="2"] By David Loy Originally on The Huffington Post Maybe every mod ...

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What We Ignore Makes Us Ignorant

  Storytelling, Movement Building, and the Second Noble Truth By Mushim Ikeda [divide] We were taking an easy family hike in Tilden Park, in the hills above Berkeley, California, and I was exhausted. This was around 18 years ago. Raising and being with a young child all day, every day, especially when you don’t have a lot of money, can do that to you. As parents go, I was on the whole fairly receptive, atte ...

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Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Second Noble Truth

[Editor's Note: If you, like us, are thirsting for more socially grounded perspectives on Dharma, you can help Zenju get her beautiful, boldly peaceful meditation center, Still Breathing, up and running in East Oakland, California.] Zenju at the opening ceremony of Still Breathing Meditation Center. Watch their video and support this brand-new sangha space here! [divide] artwork by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel Ouc ...

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How We Show Up: Storytelling, Movement Building, and the First Noble Truth

For me, there’s an often missing and crucial piece of the puzzle in socially engaged Buddhist dialogues, both in person and especially in online dialogues where we express our views. I’m feeling strongly these days that there’s a seemingly invisible suffering caused by linearity and disembodiedness in online activist forums, and I’m wondering what organizing strategies and movement building methods can addr ...

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