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Block, Build, Be Leadership Retreat July 15–17

Block, Build, Be Leadership Retreat July 15–17

Do you get down at the intersection of social justice and Buddhism? Looking to build community with folks dedicated to practicing spiritual and political liberation? You're officia ...

Block, Build, and Be: Buddhism and Social Justice

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, visio ...

Growing the Ranks of White Buddhists Against White Supremacy

Growing the Ranks of White Buddhists Against White Supremacy

For the past 2 years, I’ve been talking with white Buddhists in Oakland and across the US about how the dharma can help us dismantle racism. I'm hoping to share more of this conver ...

Dharma & Direct Action Training comes to Michigan in September

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 ...

Are Trump Protests A Collective Form of Boundary Setting?

Are Trump Protests A Collective Form of Boundary Setting?

What would it mean to set healthy boundaries against Trump's violent rhetoric? ...

5 Ways Buddhists Can Counter Trump’s Bigotry

5 Ways Buddhists Can Counter Trump’s Bigotry

As Buddhists or spiritual people committed to justice, what can we do about hateful, ultra-conservative, quasi-fascist movements like the rise of Donald Trump? ...

Job Posting: Buddhism and Social Justice

Job Posting: Buddhism and Social Justice

Four-month position for a passionate organizer combining dharma and social justice. ...

“Nonviolence is the Only Means of Struggle Worthy of a Better World”

(This is the last 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, here and here.) Nathan will be the featured guest for BPF's monthly phone call this Sunday October 27th.) Why should people take nonviolent approaches seriously? What is to be gained?  What are some of the benefits you've personally e ...

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The Social Activism of Zen Master Nanchuan’s Cat

All this talk about violence and non-violence made me think of koans. Old Zen masters. And how their experiences may or may not help us address what right action might look like in social activism. A monk asked Zhaozhou, “For a long time, I’ve heard of the stone bridge of Zhaozhou, but now that I’ve come here I only see a simple log bridge.” Zhaozhou said, “You just see the log bridge; you don’t see the sto ...

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“Nonviolence Does Not Mean Avoiding Conflict”

(This is the fourth 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, here and here.) Nathan will be the featured guest for BPF's monthly phone call on October 27th.) On the Waging Nonviolence website, it says, "For us, to wage nonviolence is to embrace conflict, so we try to embrace such conflicts in ...

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The Sword that Heals

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power ...

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Beautiful Trouble: On the difference between Gandhian, Strategic, and Revolutionary Nonviolence

By now, you've probably seen this viral video, where young Pakistani Malala Yousufzai professes a radical commitment to nonviolence when considering the possibility that the Taliban would again try to kill her for daring to demand education for girls. [youtube=http://youtu.be/YT6xWX1uZx8] I used to think that the Talib would come, and he would just kill me. But then I said, ‘If he comes, what would you do M ...

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Thus Have I Seen: Beauty and Busy-ness

Seeing things as they are, mindfully, critically, and compassionately. Thus Have I Seen A contemplative photography series by Christian Zen practitioner Kyeongil Jung.   4. Beauty and Busy-ness The Rotunda, Union Theological Seminary, New York.   "However busy we are, we can always find a moment to notice and sit with the beauty of life."   [divide style="3"] Kyeongil Jung is a Christian Zen ...

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Dispatch from the Front Lines: Resisting Keystone XL and Tar Sands

Dispatch from the Front Lines BPFer Stephanie Thomas tells us what it's like to get arrested for the first time in Houston while resisting the Keystone XL Pipeline On September 16th, I was arrested while participating in a peaceful demonstration against TransCanada Corporation. This was an event planned by Credo Action for their Pledge of Resistance: the goal of the action was to send a message to President ...

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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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Compassionate Appeals to Our “Leaders” Won’t Transform Society

In the comments section of the first clip in our interview series with Waging Non-Violence editor Nathan Schneider, BFP Co-director Katie Loncke offered the following: the folks over at Buddha On Strike (who share a lot of super interesting analysis on compassion in economics), summarize their practice of meditating at the Goldman Sachs offices in this way: “So we go to Goldman every day and meditate and ex ...

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What is Non-Violence?

We want to "get real" about nonviolence, so let's jump right in.  There's some disagreement about what counts as violence and nonviolence.  How do you define nonviolence? For you, is it a holistic mentality, or mainly a practical and tactical choice? How would you characterize actions like, for example, breaking locks or windows, trespassing, or blockading a freeway? From the outset we should recognize that ...

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