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The System Stinks: BPF’s curriculum for Buddhist activists

Imagine a world in which thousands of people trained in both political transformation and Buddhist practice are helping the arc of history bend toward liberation.

Protecting the planet.
Ending war and violence.
Healing racism and gender oppression.
Creating classless, democratic societies that meet everyone’s basic needs.
And doing it with joy, equanimity, and creativity.

Imagine us working together as political Buddhists and other spiritual activists, in tandem, in alliance with each other.

Ready to dream big with us?  Join “The System Stinks!

The System Stinks 2014:

Social Justice and the Four Noble Truths

To help promote collective liberation and subvert the highly individualistic bent of much mainstream dharma these days, Buddhist Peace Fellowship presents our second year of The System Stinks — a collection of Buddhist social justice media named for the favorite protest sign of one of our founders, Robert Aitken, Roshi.This year, we’ve asked some of our favorite dharma teachers, practitioners, and activists to reflect on the Four Noble Truths — suffering; the causes of suffering; cessation of suffering; and a path to cessation — from a systemic, social justice perspective.

The System Stinks 2013:

A Systemic Look at the Five Precepts

For members: Access the latest study guides & member phone calls

For everyone: Get loads of freely available media.

“Our own life is the instrument with which we experiment with truth”.
– Thich Nhat Hanh

Would you like to explore the interaction between social action and Buddhism in greater depth?

Is your sangha, social action group, or BPF chapter ready for a framework for study & discussion?

Are you interested in connecting with others online to discuss the relationship between inner and outer development?

Buddhist Peace Fellowship offers training and education programs to help meet the needs for socially engaged Buddhists to connect and study together. Contact Dawn at for more information.

Our training and education programs are built on a long history of Buddhist-based social action training at BPF. From 1990-2005, BPF ran fifteen years of BASE programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Buddhist Alliance for Social Engagement, or BASE, was a hands-on program that explored the interaction between social action and meditation in an intimate, small-group setting. Participants worked individually in internships and volunteer placements and came together for meditation, study, discussion, and group action.

“They say, ‘Home is where the heart is’. For me, the BASE group provided a special kind of home, where I could experiment with new ways of relating, tiny stitch by tiny stitch.”
– Former BASE participant

Have you heard about BASE and want to participate in something similar? Try out one of our other courses built on the many lessons learned from BASE!

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