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Gender Dysphoria and the Dharma

Gender Dysphoria and the Dharma

As a gender non-conforming person, I am prone to leaving my body, abandoning it, running away. Buddhist meditation helped me come back to a "buddha-nature drenched in flesh." ...

Right Anger and the Path to the End of Caste

Right Anger and the Path to the End of Caste

In the face of violence and brutality, we should develop "samma kodha" — Right Anger — for the sake of all beings. ...

A New Story of Us: Storytelling, Movement Building & the 4th Noble Truth

A New Story of Us: Storytelling, Movement Building & the 4th Noble Truth

"Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity." – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer ...

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Twelve-Fold Path of Social Transformation

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Twelve-Fold Path of Social Transformation

When it comes to the education of low-income students of color, mindfulness can easily mystify the structure of social oppression, shifting the analysis of school reform from the s ...

Towards Collective Liberation, or Why We Won’t Stop Talking About Racism

Towards Collective Liberation, or Why We Won’t Stop Talking About Racism

Race was a central theme at BPF’s National Gathering, with offerings like: The Invisible Majority: Will the Real Asian American Buddhist Please Stand Up? Revisiting the Middle Pass ...

BPF Goes Off The Cushion with Rev. Danny Fisher

BPF Goes Off The Cushion with Rev. Danny Fisher

Don't miss Episode #3 of Danny Fisher's new Buddhist podcast series, "Off the Cushion!" Danny asks BPF's Co-Directors Dawn Haney and Katie Loncke about issues of structural racism ...

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Fourth Noble Truth

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Fourth Noble Truth

We are constantly yearning for peace and harmony. Yet, the transformation requires us to destroy a life system that we depend upon — a system that is artificially bound together by ...

By The Light of Buddha, I Navigate (my) Darkness

I seek refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. And to Siddhartha’s everlasting praise, I always find it. Oakland is a city that loves its street parties; the last one I went to was a spirited celebration of the Supreme Court’s striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act. Bouncing slightly to the familiar strains of Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family”, I was enthused watching the LGBT community enjoy t ...

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Sangha in a Capitalist Culture?

I have been following the engaged Buddhist blog of Harvey Daiho Hilbert for a few years now, and enjoy his short, clear posts on the dharma, social justice and service. Over the winter, he had a post  that caused me to pause. It was an announcement of the closing of his zendo, and end of the sangha as a non-profit institution. Given that he is still teaching and working with students, the decision could be ...

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The Failure of Now: How Eckhart Tolle Coddles the Status Quo and Why it Matters

The following is a combined version of two posts I wrote recently about Eckhart Tolle on my home blog. Given how popular Tolle is, even amongst Buddhist practitioners, I think it’s worthwhile to consider what he’s up to. Feel free to check out the original posts and the comments that followed. Fellow 21st Century Yoga contributer Be Scofield has a provocative, new essay out on the limitations of Eckhart Tol ...

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Hiring a Development Assistant at Buddhist Peace Fellowship

The Buddhist Peace Fellowship is hiring a Development Assistant for 6 months (through February 2014) to assist us with refining, systematizing, and coordinating development tasks as we move to a new donor relationship management system. The position will be 10–12 hours/week, based in the Bay Area/East Bay, with additional hours required during our heaviest donation processing months of December and January. ...

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Larger Than Keystone XL: On the Enbridge “Alberta Clipper” and Solidarity with Indigenous Communities

“We can’t continue to kill our planet, it is the only one we have,” shouted a man from the middle of a crowded meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. At issue was a large oil pipeline expansion. One that, if all its phases are completed, rivals the much more well known Keystone XL Pipeline. Just a few hours northwest of the site of the meeting, members of the Red Lake A ...

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URGENT: Call Today To Support A Hunger Striking Prisoner In Grave Danger

[Corcoran State Prison hunger strike solidarity rally, July 13.  All photos by BPF Co-Director Katie Loncke.] You may have already seen our Facebook post about the historic prisoner hunger strike happening now in California, where prisoners are risking health and repression to end torturous practices of solitary confinement. Yesterday we received the following urgent call to support one of the hunger strike ...

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The Genius of America, Or How the Ghosts of Colonialism Live in Me

I have been thinking a lot about collective addiction. The pervasiveness of society level intoxicants and delusions. How so much of modern life under globalization runs counter to the Buddhist precepts. This seems particularly true regarding the fifth precept of not taking intoxicants.  So many of us drunk on the belief that we are separate and above the rest of the natural world. So many of us drunk on the ...

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Share On Facebook: What Are Buddhists Doing To Honor Trayvon and Fight Racism?

There are times to speak. Times to listen. Times to act. And times to cheer and support the actions of others. Rather than issuing an "Official BPF Statement" on the chilling (yet horribly predictable) acquittal of George Zimmerman for the killing of Black teenager Trayvon Martin, we want to hear from all our Buddhist and spiritual friends, as people witnessing and participating in ongoing movements against ...

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Practice in Transformative Action: Bay Area Bodhisattva Training

Practice in Transformative Action a new yearlong program at East Bay Meditation Center, with Mushim Ikeda for social change agents, social justice activists, and transformative thought leaders open to all, and with a special invitation for people of color application deadline: July 29, 2013 full description: http://www.eastbaymeditation.org/index.php?s=67 Roses photo: Dawn Haney ...

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Bringing Peace and Reconciliation to Burma

Burma’s President Thein Sein is currently on a tour of European nations. While public speeches have focused on Burma’s poor human rights track record, and it’s recent government reforms, it’s difficult to ignore the behind the scenes emphasis on trade and increased military ties. During interviews in Britain, President Thein Sein promised “zero tolerance” towards violence, calling Burma a “multi-cultural, m ...

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