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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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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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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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Joanna Macy & Sulak Sivaraksa: In Conversation at BPF’s National Gathering

BPF's National Gathering was one of the jewels of 2014, an unprecedented convening of Buddhist activists from across the US. In our Keynote Event, BPF elders Joanna Macy and Ajahn Sulak Sivaraksa shared their wisdom with an audience of almost 400, speaking fiercely about the importance of spiritual friendship, the devastation of capitalism and industrial growth economies, and the usefulness of Buddhist prac ...

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Systemic Youth Suffering: The Twelve-Fold Path of Social Transformation

When it comes to the education of low-income students of color, mindfulness can easily mystify the structure of social oppression, shifting the analysis of school reform from the systemic level to the individual. I hope for a future in which mindfulness is grounded in notions of interconnectedness and social benefit, rather than focusing on individual growth. ...

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