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Secret Buddhist Reveal – Breeze Harper (VIDEO)

Maybe you've had this experience: admiring someone's work and efforts in the world, over many years, and then one day learning — Oh!  They study the Buddhadharma! It's a joyful feeling.  And soliciting contributions for the Dharma of Food Justice month granted me a number of these delightful surprises.  I reached out to certain people because of their food justice contributions, hoping to find out whether t ...

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MAIZ

Good morning! Glad to continue this week in food justice with a beautiful and powerful piece by Bulan Adi Ko.llective. You can click the piece to see it closer-up. As spiritual activists, we need not only sound strategies but also a sense of (inter)connection to deeper meaning, rich histories and enlivening possibilities.  Mudita!  And much gratitude to this collective for your contribution. ~ Katie for Tur ...

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How Does Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Work In Factory Jobs?

This great article from Colorlines, on the indignities and injustices of production in the US industrial food sector, got me thinking about an essay in The Engaged Buddhist Reader (edited by Arnold Kotler, (c) 1996) called Mindfulness and Mastery In the Workplace. Written by Saki F. Santorelli, it "emerged out of a conversation initiated by Thich Nhat Hanh following the conclusion of a five-day mindfulness ...

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White Supremacy In Food Justice

Via Saqib Keval. White supremacy can seem like a dramatic term, conjuring images of the KKK or Nazi Germany.  But a more accurate and total picture includes forms that may seem subtle — especially to white people.  White supremacy sometimes has a friendly face; a face full of optimism.  It can boil down to the simple assumption that white people tend to do things well.  Including things like food justice. I ...

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Taking Our Traditions and Selling ’em Back To Us: Food and Cultural Appropriation

A sharp, on-point and often hilarious conversationbetween two Asian-American foodies questioning each other about US cuisine and cultural appropriation.  What does integrity look like for chefs who borrow from culinary traditions outside their ethnic group — in a context of (im)migration, commodification, racism (/white supremacy) , and American nationalism?  Is integrity even possible? I think I’m so disen ...

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Food Stamps, Clothing, Shelter, Medicine: Where We Meet Freedom

My first experience in food justice was delicious.  I scooped it up with a shovel-sized serving spoon from a bottomless platter of intentionally blessed local organic righteousness.  It was fresh bright crunchy green, pale yellow creamy, deep orange sunsets, and vibrant dancing reds.  I was on my first meditation retreat in the Vipassana (Insight Meditation) tradition.   I was eating lovingkindness in every ...

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The White Guys Were Intolerable

Reflections on “What’s Up with Engaged Buddhism? Who gets to speak?” – a Buddhist Peace Fellowship evening at the Oakland Peace Center with panelists Alka Arora, Katie Loncke, Donald Rothberg, and David Loy, moderated by Jen-Mei Wu and featuring visual artist Kenji Liu, May 20, 2012 [Photo removed by request.] Right at the get-go, the Baby Boomer generation socially engaged Buddhist expert white guys on the ...

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Weekly News Roundup

Friends!  It's been quite a week at BPF and Turning Wheel!  Our call for submissions on the Dharma of Food Justice dropped, and we're already confirming contributions from authors, poets, and activists that I'm super excited about.  (I'm talking people whose work I've been following for years!  Yes!)  And last Sunday here in Oakland we held our first installment of "What's Up With Engaged Buddhism" (video a ...

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May Day Dharma (VIDEO)

Click to watch a video of May Day reflections from BPF'ers Dawn and Katie, featuring photos from la Marcha por la Dignidad y Resistencia/ March for Dignity and Resistance.       ...

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Righteous and ready to burn: 20 years after LA

[Editor's Note: Hi, folks, Katie here. I want to acknowledge that for many folks who commit their lives to peacemaking, the concept of an article dedicated to the anniversary of the LA riots might seem jarring.  We at Turning Wheel certainly welcome comments and feedback (fitting with our commenting guidelines) — in fact, the immediacy of online feedback and dialogue is one of the reasons we're excited to h ...

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