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Why might the Vatican suddenly care about climate change?

Why might the Vatican suddenly care about climate change?

First, Pope Francis offers the world Laudato Si, his encyclical affirming the science behind climate change and naming our broken economic system as the key issue to fight. He even ...

May All Beings… Social Justice Portraits from Buddhist Leaders

May All Beings… Social Justice Portraits from Buddhist Leaders

We asked leaders from the First U.S. Buddhist Delegation to the White House to pose for portraits repping their most-beloved social justice or environmental issue. Teachers and lum ...

Dharma & Direct Action comes to New York City in November

Dharma & Direct Action comes to New York City in November

Join us for a weekend NYC intensive on Dharma & Direct Action, building concrete skills for compassionate confrontation. In a world tormented by racism, sexism, climate disasters, ...

Coming Up August 6–9! BPF in the Southwest

Coming Up August 6–9! BPF in the Southwest

From observing the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings with 70,000 paper cranes, to leading engaged Buddhist meetups and mini-trainings on "compassionate confrontation," BPF's ...

A Buddhist Catholic Scholar Breaks Down the Pope’s Climate Encyclical, So You Don’t Have To

A Buddhist Catholic Scholar Breaks Down the Pope’s Climate Encyclical, So You Don’t Have To

Jack Downey: Laudato Si represents an expansion of the formally “theological” subject matter, and Catholicism’s first environmental encyclical. This is not the first time a pope – ...

The Whole Earth is My True Body: Buddhists March in Rome for Climate Justice

The Whole Earth is My True Body: Buddhists March in Rome for Climate Justice

Thousands of faith-based and environmental activists descended on St. Peter’s Square last Sunday in Rome, showing strength in diversity in the wake of the Pope’s encyclical on clim ...

Waking Up to White Supremacy

Waking Up to White Supremacy

As a white person, I’m feeling the importance right now of addressing my fellow white people. This shit is deep, friends. White privilege is not isolated events, and it’s not somet ...

Impatient Social Activists and the Comparing Mind

Are you prone to comparing yourself to others? Do you find that this quality also bleeds into your social justice and/or service work? Have you ever found yourself at the end of a protest or social action, comparing it to some other event somewhere else, or to the ideal you had imagined beforehand? I’ve noticed that the comparing mind is pretty active amongst social activists and those serving in the world. ...

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Get Inspired by a 10 Year Old Environmental Activist Turning Anger into Action

What were you doing when you were 10 years old? Do you remember how you spent your summer? Well, Hannah Alper from Ontario, Canada has had quite the year. She organized a school fundraising campaign to provide clean water for 37 people living without it in Africa, led local cleanup efforts as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, gave a speech on the same stage as Liberian President Ellen Johnson Si ...

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Comedian Louis C.K. : Secret Buddhist? (VIDEO)

We don't know if comedian Louis C.K. is a secret Buddhist, but we have our suspicions. His sharp insights into contortions of the human mind — from stupefying boredom to insatiable craving and epic self-loathing — demonstrate that at minimum, the guy's got a bead on his own mental habits. The wonderful Buddhist Reverend Danny Fisher shared this clip with us today, and we just had to pass it on. Louis C.K.'s ...

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The Navy Yard Shooter and America’s “Permanent” State of Violence

Monday’s mass shooting at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard hits home for American Buddhists because the gunman was one of us.  Aaron Alexis was a member of a Thai Buddhist sangha in his neighborhood, and even had plans to become a monk someday. He also was a former Navy reservist who was discharged back in 2011 after an incident that ended in Alexis shooting the floor of a neighbor's apartment. The views on hi ...

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“Nothing Will Ever Change!”

In a Facebook conversation last week with some BPFers, my friend Rachel expressed frustration with her chronic cynicism in the face of massive problems. I often feel as Rachel did last week, “No matter what I (or we as humanity) do, nothing will ever change!” While a healthy dose of skepticism can be useful, the cynic’s extreme focus on the negative had become paralyzing. As we tried to explore the cynic's ...

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Capitalist Dana Doesn’t Lead to Buddhist Social Action

There is a perception among some that American Buddhists, especially those of us "convert" Buddhists, are mostly in the practice for ourselves. The view is that we like to meditate, study texts, be nice to each other, but that we aren't very generous, nor all the interested, collectively, in working to make the lives of others better. In its totality, it’s a stereotype. However, as the regular discussions h ...

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Backing Up #TeamEngaged on Tricycle?

You've probably heard of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, one of the foremost English-language Buddhist journals. Maybe you're even a subscriber. And perhaps, if you follow their online Blog section, you've seen comments like this one, left on an article about institutional racism. Reply by aewhitehouse on August 21, 2013, 3:10 pm Very disappointed to read this entry which basically just propagates the neo-li ...

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Slowing Down, Deepening In: Compassionate Earth Walk

Over 60 days into their walking pilgrimage, participants in the Buddhist-led Compassionate Earth Walk continue to dedicate their bodies as a prayer for collective well-being: greeting landscapes and townspeople as they make their way along the route of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. The walkers rely on myriad forms of generosity to support their journey.  BPF just offered our second modest donation ...

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Zen Master Dogen and the Crisis in Syria

It’s been a very interesting few days of developments in the crisis in Syria. The Syrian government agreed to a Russian proposal to hand over its chemical weapons and sign the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons treaty, which currently has 189 signatures on it. President Obama and his administration continue to press the case for military intervention, even as the diplomatic front has opened ...

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Support Buddhist Global Relief’s Efforts to Feed the Hungry

In 2007 the American Buddhist scholar-monk, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, was invited to write an editorial essay for the Buddhist magazine Buddhadharma. In his essay, he called attention to the narrowly inward focus of American Buddhism, which has been pursued to the neglect of the active dimension of Buddhist compassion expressed through programs of social engagement. Several of Ven. Bodhi’s students who read the e ...

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