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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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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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The Whole Earth is My True Body: Buddhists March in Rome for Climate Justice

Thousands of faith-based and environmental activists descended on St. Peter’s Square last Sunday in Rome, showing strength in diversity in the wake of the Pope’s encyclical on climate change. Pope Francis welcomed the Una Terra, Una Famiglia (One Earth, One Family) marchers during his Sunday blessing. He praised interfaith solidarity as an essential ingredient for humanity to face our contributions to clima ...

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