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Make Meetings a Refuge

"Those might be the nicest things people have ever said to me," a BPF board member reflected sincerely as we closed our yearly board and staff retreat with a circle of appreciation. ...

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Waking Up After the Election

Waking up today, I knew there would be work to do. Electing the president of US Empire is always only one step in our political process – "choosing the terrain on which we want to fight in order to win" as Alicia Garza said recently. No matter who won, today was to be a day to regroup toward crafting campaigns and organizing ourselves. A day to make plans to pressure our elected leaders to pass policy that ...

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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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Sometimes You Just Want To Run and Hide. How To Reconnect To Happiness?

Even as a BPFer committed to furthering world peace, I’ll be honest: I’m sometimes tempted to turn off the news and go hide in a cave. (Not even meditate. Just hide.) The teetering precipice of nuclear disaster in Fukushima, monks murdering in the name of Buddhism in Burma, Renisha McBride killed in Detroit for seeking neighborly help while Black. It all feels like too much. It’s even tougher to stay presen ...

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Thank You, Nathan! A Magnificent Guest Editor

“The next Buddha, the Buddha of the West, will come as the sangha.” —Thich Nhat Hanh We want to take a moment today to say thank you and farewell to our latest Guest Editor, the wonderful Nathan G. Thompson! Nathan has exemplified his own philosophies of horizontal leadership and community building through his engagement with the conversations here on Turning Wheel Media. Never "pulling rank," he's always o ...

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“The Tradition of Nonviolence is Inseparable from Power”

(This is the first of 5 short selections from an interview with Waging Nonviolence co-founder Nathan Schneider.) At times I've encountered people who are drawn to talk of nonviolence but anxious about talk of power. Perhaps they equate power with violence. I tend to think this anxiety is most of all the result of not wanting to acknowledge the way in which they themselves benefit from coercive power being w ...

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Getting Real About Nonviolence: October on TWM

The above cartoon baffled and irked some of the folks at Waging Nonviolence, but to us, its message rings loud and clear. Does nonviolence really "work"? How do we measure its success? If gains from the Civil Rights Movement later backslide into mass incarceration and the New Jim Crow, can we truly claim that this historic, beloved, nonviolent movement has "solved" something? Precisely because nonviolence r ...

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Your Generosity, Times $10,000

The more compassionate you are, the more generous you can be. The more generous you are, the more loving-friendliness you cultivate to help the world. — Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh in Buddhist Peacework: Creating Cultures of Peace Thanks to a $10,000 matching gift from a generous BPF supporter, between now and October 30th your donation to combine Buddhism and social justice could be DOUBLED!   Much gratitude ...

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Happy Friday; May You Enjoy A Weekend of Wisdom

Sorry about the lack of a real post today, BPFers: the weekend caught up with us.   Will make it up to you with more on Syria, Buddhist anarchism, creative nonviolent organizing, Buddhist Global Relief, and other BPF essentials. Enjoy your weekend; may it be fruitful; may we celebrate wisdom, for the benefit of all beings. ...

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