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A Roundabout Defense of the “Mandala Form” for the BPF National Gathering

NOTE: The recent Eco-Dharma Conference & Retreat at the Wonderwell Mounatin Refuge in Springfield, NH, featured a panel sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. After a video presentation from BPF’s Katie Loncke and Dawn Haney, the panel -- moderated by BPF board member Samantha Wechsler, and featuring Angel Kyodo Williams, Kristin Barker, and myself -- spoke on the subject of “Eco-Charity’s Pitfalls ...

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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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Why They Are Picking On Piketty

The French economist Thomas Piketty has been likened to a rock star by the commentariat. Some believe that his best-selling book on income inequality, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, is a pivotal event. Others are simply amazed that a practitioner of the dismal science can write a thick book full of statistics and become an international celebrity overnight. What is clear is that the book has touched a ...

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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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“A Wake Up Call”: The Suffering of Systemic Violence in Student Lives

(Part I of a 4 part series on the 4 Noble Truths) [divide style="2"] To live and to learn: For many youth in America, these two objectives prove a daily challenge. While some of the nation’s students access the kinds of educational and economic opportunities that epitomize the American Dream, others are left with the very real ramifications of global capitalism’s foundational inequality. This is part I of a ...

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Why Google Protesters Were Right To Disrupt Wisdom 2.0

They say you can't be neutral on a moving train. So can you be mindful on a Google bus? [divide] Confrontation This weekend, as three Google presenters took the stage to discuss mindfulness and tech at the annual Wisdom 2.0 conference, they found themselves interrupted by a handful of protesters unfurling a large banner. EVICTION FREE SAN FRANCISCO, the canvas said. Shouting into a bullhorn, one protester ( ...

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Suffering Caused by Economic Injustice

Photo by Maia Duerr   Suffering Caused by Economic Injustice by Maia Duerr   The First Noble Truth. The way that you phrase it makes all the difference. It’s often translated as “Life is suffering,” and yet that wording may inadvertently create the conditions for apathy and disengagement. If life is suffering, why bother with anything? If life is suffering, it makes little sense to involve ourselv ...

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