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Dharma & Direct Action Training comes to Michigan in September

JOIN BPF IN EXPLORING THE INTERSECTION BETWEEN BUDDHISM AND SOCIAL JUSTICE Applications Now Open! Apply by July 18. The Environmentalist Group of the Zen Buddhist Temple, Ann Arbor is hosting this two-day workshop to develop inspiring responses to injustice guided by spiritual wisdom and political awareness. We invite you to join us for this unique workshop weekend, to be held Saturday September 3rd and Sun ...

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Block, Build, and Be: Buddhism and Social Justice

Some of us, fiery and determined, want to BLOCK the bad stuff — put our bodies on the line against injustice and oppression, and support others in doing the same. Some of us, visionary and committed, love to BUILD the good stuff — innovate, weave communities together, and ”build the new world in the shell of the old.” And some of us, seeking deep wisdom, aspire to BE in alignment with the unshakeable inner ...

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A Different Kind of Power

Without radical change, we are on course to a terrifying future of extreme weather events, mass refugee crises, serial species extinctions, and the likely loss of human civilization. Time To Stand Up: An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth encourages Buddhists to join with other faith groups and activists to reverse the causes of catastrophic climate change. We can’t bring about the changes needed on o ...

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Why might the Vatican suddenly care about climate change?

First, Pope Francis offers the world Laudato Si, his encyclical affirming the science behind climate change and naming our broken economic system as the key issue to fight. He even invites leftist darling Naomi Klein to the Vatican in case anyone wasn't sure he was serious about his critique of capitalism. Then he asks forgiveness for crimes committed by the Catholic church against Native people of the Amer ...

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Dharma & Direct Action comes to New York City in November

Join us for a weekend NYC intensive on Dharma & Direct Action, building concrete skills for compassionate confrontation. In a world tormented by racism, sexism, climate disasters, economic oppression, and more — learn how to develop inspiring responses guided by spiritual wisdom, political awareness, and a bodhisattva's vow for collective liberation. ...

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A Buddhist Catholic Scholar Breaks Down the Pope’s Climate Encyclical, So You Don’t Have To

Jack Downey: Laudato Si represents an expansion of the formally “theological” subject matter, and Catholicism’s first environmental encyclical. This is not the first time a pope – let alone regional bishops – has remarked on the record about this topic, but the doctrinal gravity of the subject makes this text stand out. ...

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