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#3: In this Moment: When Suffering Ceases for Queer Africa

In my first video-essay, “The Dukkha of Loving Others: Homophobia in Africa,” I discussed how the recent rise in state-sponsored homophobia harms all Africans: those who identify as queer, those who are perceived as queer, those of us who are allies, and the masses being force-fed false narratives about identity and tradition. In my second essay, “How We Caused (and Perpetuate) the African Homophobia We Now ...

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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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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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How We Caused (and perpetuate) the African Homophobia we now Decry

How We Caused (and perpetuate) the African Homophobia we now Decry   [divide style="2"] Transcript forthcoming — TWM apologizes for the delay and thanks you for your patience!  [divide style="3"] Faith Adiele is the author of Meeting Faith (W.W. Norton), a memoir about becoming Thailand’s first black Buddhist nun, which won the PEN Beyond Margins Award for Best Memoir. She is the writer / narrator / su ...

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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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The Dukkha of Loving Others: Homophobia In Africa

  The Dukkha of Loving Others: Homophobia in Africa [divide style="2"] Now this, monks, is the Noble Truth of dukkha: … death is dukkha; sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, and despair are dukkha; association with the unbeloved is dukkha; separation from the loved is dukkha; not getting what is wanted is dukkha. —Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta: Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion [divide style="2"] Last m ...

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Where is Your Bodhi Tree?

When Siddhartha sat under the Bodhi Tree, he was protesting the conundrum of sickness, old age and death. Having been protected his whole life from such things, they appeared as options or solvable problems, not unavoidable outcomes. As an activist sits in silence in front of the riot police, he sat down refusing to move until the answer was delivered. This cornerstone protest was a dazzling success. Siddha ...

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Awakening in Service and Action: A Study Retreat on Socially Engaged Buddhism

Awakening in Service and Action: A Study Retreat on Socially Engaged Buddhism With David Loy & Donald Rothberg Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA April 17-23, 2014 More information About the Teachers Donald Rothberg: "Socially engaged Buddhism is a dharma practice that flows from the understanding of the complete yet complicated interdependence of all life. It is the practice of the bodhisattva ...

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