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U Mad? Wisdom for Rageful Times

U Mad? Wisdom for Rageful Times

Screaming at your phone silently? Or not so silently? Join our 6-week web curriculum with spiritual and political wisdom on anger, rage, and betrayal. ...

Apply Now! Block, Build, Be Retreat 2017

Apply Now! Block, Build, Be Retreat 2017

Go deeper into BPF's unique ecology of spirituality and social justice, in our 2nd annual Block, Build, Be leadership retreat: blocking harm and oppression, building new worlds, an ...

Make Meetings a Refuge

Make Meetings a Refuge

"Those might be the nicest things people have ever said to me," a BPF board member reflected sincerely as we closed our yearly board and staff retreat with a circle of appreciation ...

Refuge in the Truth of Change: Session 2 of Refuge & Resistance

Refuge in the Truth of Change: Session 2 of Refuge & Resistance

How can we find a sense of refuge in a world that keeps on changing? What does it mean to both accept the truth of change, and contribute to shaping change? And how can refuge supp ...

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

What do the Three Jewels of refuge look like in today's political world, as people become more desperate for safety? ...

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. ...

No Revolution Without Dancing and Compassion

[Editor's note:] Ever feel a pressure in sangha, or other spiritual community, to harmoniously agree with whatever is said, and not rock the boat? Or, in social justice community, do you lament that "dialogue" across "difference" always seems to devolve into shouting matches, denunciations, and email flame-wars? At BPF we believe that respectful disagreement, deep listening, and non-toxic debate are possibl ...

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When Peace Building Is Not A Lovey-Dovey Endeavor: Burma

The challenge of organizing and staffing a truly open fact-finding commission [in Myanmar] is not going to be a simple or easy matter.  INEB and JUST, the sponsoring organizations, take this responsibility seriously, knowing that the well-being of our friends and allies inside Myanmar are at stake.  —Hozan Alan Senauke [Emphasis added.] Friend, leader of Clear View Project, and former BPF Executive Director ...

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Reclaiming Time

“If we want our world to be different, our first act has to be claiming time to think. We can’t expect those who are well served by the current reality to give us time to think. If we want anything to change, we are the ones who have to reclaim time.” - Meg Wheatley You might have noticed that we're a touch quieter around here! After publishing 5 days a week for the past year, we have scaled back our publis ...

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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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