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Our Social Movements Need More Movement!

Our Social Movements Need More Movement!

A little over a week ago, I co-taught a workshop with Mushim Patricia Ikeda at the Buddhist Peace Fellowship's National Gathering entitled "Movement for Right Action: Yoga for Soci ...

Buddhists Blockade Hotel to Protest Police-Military Training

Buddhists Blockade Hotel to Protest Police-Military Training

Buddhist Peace Fellowship and allies decided to stage a group meditation blockading the doors of a Marriott Hotel in Oakland, California. The reason? Police violence and institutio ...

#3: In this Moment: When Suffering Ceases for Queer Africa

#3: In this Moment: When Suffering Ceases for Queer Africa

In my first video-essay, “The Dukkha of Loving Others: Homophobia in Africa,” I discussed how the recent rise in state-sponsored homophobia harms all Africans: those who identify a ...

A Roundabout Defense of the “Mandala Form” for the BPF National Gathering

A Roundabout Defense of the “Mandala Form” for the BPF National Gathering

NOTE: The recent Eco-Dharma Conference & Retreat at the Wonderwell Mounatin Refuge in Springfield, NH, featured a panel sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. After a vide ...

Revisiting the Middle Passage Pilgrimage: Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Filmmaker and “Pilgrims”

Revisiting the Middle Passage Pilgrimage: Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Filmmaker and “Pilgrims”

Hosted by Buddhist Peace Fellowship and East Bay Meditation Center SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014. 7 - 9:30 PM East Bay Meditation Center, 285 17th St., Oakland, CA 94612 Join us for th ...

The Four Noble Truths in Our World:  Truth #3: The Cessation of the Suffering of Caste

The Four Noble Truths in Our World: Truth #3: The Cessation of the Suffering of Caste

Can we imagine a world without caste? In positive terms, a social expression of nibbana might be the realization of a society in which each member can find fulfillment and be compl ...

Long Retreat Scholarships Available for Young People and People of Color

Long Retreat Scholarships Available for Young People and People of Color

Spirit Rock Meditation Center is offering an unprecedented number of scholarships for people of color and young people to attend the month-long and 2-month retreats in early 2015. ...

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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The 969 Movement and Burmese Anti-Muslim Nationalism in Context

A few weeks ago, Time magazine put out an issue with the provocative cover image above of Burmese monk Bhikkhu Wirathu, the leader of the ultra-nationalist 969 Movement. The linking of Wirathu’s image with terrorism has sparked a variety of responses, a few of which I will share with you all today. Before doing so, however, I would like to briefly cover the 969 Movement and general conditions folks are faci ...

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Burma on Fire: What’s Behind the Current Conflict Between Buddhists and Muslims?

From BPF's Co-Directors: It is with heavy hearts that we have followed the news of ongoing Buddhist nationalist violence against Muslims in Myanmar/Burma.  Many have asked, quite understandably, why we have remained silent.  Other prominent Buddhists are speaking out — why not BPF?  To put it simply: we have been waiting, looking, to hear from Buddhists on the ground in Burma, organizing their own interfait ...

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Bearing Witness to Tar Sands Resistance: Dispatch #4

capitalism doesn't make it easy, it makes it almost (or sometimes entirely) impossible to survive. our perfectly flawed system has constructed a persistent pattern: exploitation begets exploitation. as we are exploited by our bosses and by the state, we are also tools for exploitation. many of the people i've met here- in Fort McMurray, in Hardisty, in Amisk, in Edmonton- are, have been or know someone who ...

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BPF Sits Down with the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (VIDEO)

In this special full-length interview, Anchalee Kurutach of Buddhist Peace Fellowship enjoys a rare international visit and discussion with Mr. Somboon Chungprempree (Moo), the Secretariat of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB). There is still time to sign up for the Inter-faith Dialog for Peace and Sustainability, October 27 to November 5, co-hosted by INEB this year in Kuala Lumpur, Mala ...

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Beyond McMindfulness

by Ron Purser and David Loy (Note: This post was also recently published at the Huffington Post. We welcome your thoughts and reflections.) Suddenly mindfulness meditation has become mainstream, making its way into schools, corporations, prisons, and government agencies including the U.S. military. Millions of people are receiving tangible benefits from their mindfulness practice: less stress, better concen ...

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Bearing Witness to Tar Sands Resistance: Dispatch #3

"I'm so happy", she said as she was telling her story of why she decided to join the compassionate earth walk "we said this walk will be interfaith, intergenerational and intercultural and we succeeded. look at our diversity." In a group full of white folks of many privileges, she looks at me- poor brown queer womyn of desi diaspora. I squirm visibly uncomfortable, invisibly alone. I was her check mark. she ...

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Beyond Praise and Blame: A Transformative Take On A Transit Strike

For the first few days of July, the San Francisco Bay Area was one big snarl of traffic.  Following failed contract negotiations, the workers of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system went on indefinite strike, eliminating 400,000 rides per day and and forcing thousands of commuters to ferry, helicopter (oh, SF techies), or carpool their way around the region. According to workers, BART management hired a ...

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Witnessing Absurdities: Deep Seeing as a Skill for Decolonizing Activist Work

In the face of environmental catastrophe, and global capitalism’s never ending wealth grab, we in the crumbling empire seem to struggle to build lasting, holistic social movements. Divided by class, race, philosophical differences, geography, and so much more, the efforts that we collectively do bring about, like Occupy, flame up and then rapidly fade from public awareness.  Unlike in many parts of the worl ...

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