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When MLK Jr. Rejected “Obnoxious Peace”

When MLK Jr. Rejected “Obnoxious Peace”

As an organization with "Peace" in our name, we are often misunderstood. On MLK Day, let's clarify some things. ...

Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge: Session 1 of Refuge & Resistance

Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge: Session 1 of Refuge & Resistance

Welcome to our January series on Refuge & Resistance! Full intro here. Session 1:   Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge In Buddhism, we take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and th ...

Start the New Year with Refuge & Resistance

Start the New Year with Refuge & Resistance

All beings deserve refuge, but oppression requires resistance. Can we do both? Welcome to our January 2017 series, brand-new from BPF. ...

Surviving Auschwitz, Resisting Trump, Staying Open

Surviving Auschwitz, Resisting Trump, Staying Open

This week visiting home, I'm pulled to revisit some family papers. Today, under Trump's ascendancy, I am the exact same age as my grandfather was in Austria, when Hitler rose to po ...

VIDEO, AUDIO, TRANSCRIPT: BPF Reportback from Standing Rock

VIDEO, AUDIO, TRANSCRIPT: BPF Reportback from Standing Rock

Just released! Hear from a diverse crew of BPFers who went to Standing Rock this fall in solidarity with indigenous leaders against the Dakota Access Pipeline -- including YiLing C ...

4 Elements to Strengthen Us

4 Elements to Strengthen Us

As people committed to collective liberation, we are living in overwhelming, uncertain, and frightening times. Here are 4 friends we can call on. ...

Leaning Into the Unknown with BPF

Leaning Into the Unknown with BPF

Ever since November 8, I’ve felt like I’m stuck at the top of a rollercoaster. Shocked and dumbfounded by the outcome of the election, I’m suspended in mid-air — floating and waiti ...

The Dharma of Black Feminism: Zenju Earthlyn Manuel on bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry

The Dharma of Black Feminism: A Commentary On Black Women's Voices Who's Listening? [youtube=http://youtu.be/5OmgqXao1ng] A video conversation with bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry Held at The New School in New York City, November 8th, 2013 [divide style="2"] Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel My family ran to the TV to see black folks faces across the screen. I still run to see but rarely do I stop these days. ...

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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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Thus Have I Seen: Universe

Seeing things as they are, mindfully, critically, and compassionately. Thus Have I Seen A contemplative photography series by Christian Zen practitioner Kyeongil Jung. 8. Universe New York, 2012.   "I looked up a tree, and she showed me the universe."   [divide style="3"] Kyeongil Jung is a Christian Zen practitioner and currently serves as the Director for the Saegil Christian Institute for Socie ...

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Skillful Teaching or Gratuitously Shaming Students? (VIDEO)

Marpa and Milarepa. Image via Colorado Ratnashri Sangha. Educator Jane Elliot's teachings on diversity involve no kumbaya holding of hands. They remind me more of Marpa's exhausting and frustrating assignments for his student Milarepa. Elliot's tough lessons spark a tearful meltdown in one student, and that's not even two-and-a-half minutes in. I'm interested in other people's thoughts on Elliot's methods. ...

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Thus Have I Seen: Continuation

Seeing things as they are, mindfully, critically, and compassionately. Thus Have I Seen A contemplative photography series by Christian Zen practitioner Kyeongil Jung. 7. Continuation Yongin, Korea, 2002.   "Don't be sad. You are not fallen; you are returned."   [divide style="3"] Kyeongil Jung is a Christian Zen practitioner and currently serves as the Director for the Saegil Christian Institute ...

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Cherie’s Tree and the Power of Perseverance

[Trigger warning: this piece discusses rape and the criminal justice system.] In the courtyard of my home, in a piece of Mexican pottery, sits a tree. It wasn’t a tree when I got it. It was a little plant, just one of several I received in 1993 as a thank-you gift. During the past 20 years, I’ve kept it alive (sometimes just barely), through tremendous life upheavals that necessitated getting rid of lots of ...

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Buddha Between Beats: Hip-Hop Through A Dharma Lens

After reading some of the commentary on the White Buddhist Talk article here on TWM, it occurred to me our crew here might benefit from a bit of context on the whole Hip Hop question. Hip Hop is at the moment the medium through which global culture (if such a thing exists) is primarily mediated, through participation, imitation, analysis, critique, condemnation, monitoring, etc. Most of us who’ve attended a ...

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Grinding Grain

In the end, we purchased the grain mill. It arrived by UPS, the driver asking me to raise the garage door so he could ease the box off the back of the truck onto the garage floor instead of having to hump it up the porch stairs. The mill was larger than I expected, made of cast iron and painted forest green, and it weighed as much as a VW bug. It cost as much as one, too, at least as much at the rusted out ...

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The Heart of Mindfulness: A Response to the New York Times

Mindfulness is attracting a large U.S. following. A recent New York Times article, “Mindfulness: Getting its Share of Attention,” details how techies, business owners, educators, and even the U.S. Marine Corps. have turned to mindfulness as a way to quiet the mind. However, the particular brand of mindfulness that is gaining widespread acceptance serves to bolster long-standing systems of power: making them ...

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Thus Have I Seen: Sangha

Seeing things as they are, mindfully, critically, and compassionately. Thus Have I Seen A contemplative photography series by Christian Zen practitioner Kyeongil Jung.     6. Sangha Sudeok-sa, Korea, 2013   "The sun, wind, rain, and soil co-create a community of the Way."   [divide style="3"] Kyeongil Jung is a Christian Zen practitioner and currently serves as the Director for the Saegil Chr ...

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