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How We Show Up: Storytelling, Movement Building, and the First Noble Truth

For me, there’s an often missing and crucial piece of the puzzle in socially engaged Buddhist dialogues, both in person and especially in online dialogues where we express our views. I’m feeling strongly these days that there’s a seemingly invisible suffering caused by linearity and disembodiedness in online activist forums, and I’m wondering what organizing strategies and movement building methods can addr ...

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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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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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Tara Brach: Radical Acceptance and Spiritual Activism

[divide style="2"] I was hoping to be in touch with Tara about the possibility of writing a brief blog post for Turning Wheel Media on the relationship between radical acceptance and resistance to oppression. [divide]   When [BPF Co-Director] Katie asked me to offer a blog post for Turning Wheel Media, I had just completed a two part series of talks [Part 1]; [Part 2]; about aversive judgment and how i ...

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The System Stinks, Volume 5: Getting Real About Nonviolence

In our final installment of The System Stinks curriculum in 2013, we turn our attention to Buddhism's First Precept: to refrain from killing. Inside Volume 5: Getting Real about Nonviolence Now released: Our recorded members call with Nathan Schneider, co-founder of Waging Nonviolence Revolutionary Enlightenment: A Practice Offering from spiritual teacher Sage Mahosadha, who shares an innovative, real-world ...

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“Policing in the United States of America Today Represents a Profound Failure”

(This is the third of 5 short selections from an interview with Waging Nonviolence co-founder Nathan Schneider. You can read the first installment of the interview series here and here.) Nathan will be the featured guest for BPF's monthly phone call on October 27th.) We can't talk about nonviolence without talking about police — partly because many nonviolent movements choose to push or break laws in some w ...

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Buddhism & Biology: Are Humans Genetically Destined For War?

There is no single, simple Buddhist “take” on human nature. Of course, people are seen as susceptible to dukkah (“suffering,” or — better — “disappointment”) as well as vulnerable to an array of misperceptions. And a strict interpretation of karma can be seen as denying free will if we are forced to experience and act out the consequences of our presumed “prior lives.” But this is a blinkered perspective, a ...

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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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Buddhists Compassionately Confront A Stinking System – And Ourselves

With our online connections thriving, BPFers are calling for a face-to-face meet-up. Pulling off the first Buddhist Peace Fellowship gathering since 2006 won't be easy. Can you help us build the momentum to peacefully confront war, prisons, climate change, and more? Come watch our brand-new video and see what you can do to support The System Stinks 2014 & a BPF gathering! ...

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The Navy Yard Shooter and America’s “Permanent” State of Violence

Monday’s mass shooting at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard hits home for American Buddhists because the gunman was one of us.  Aaron Alexis was a member of a Thai Buddhist sangha in his neighborhood, and even had plans to become a monk someday. He also was a former Navy reservist who was discharged back in 2011 after an incident that ended in Alexis shooting the floor of a neighbor's apartment. The views on hi ...

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