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Honoring Direct Action, Reframing Compassion

Honoring Direct Action, Reframing Compassion

As engaged Buddhists, are we ready for the ferocious compassion of nonviolent direct action within racial justice movements? Are we openhearted enough to hold the searing truths th ...

BPF Stands with the #ShellNo Protesters: Keep the pressure on!

BPF Stands with the #ShellNo Protesters: Keep the pressure on!

Big love to BPF Co-Director Katie Loncke for COURAGEOUS NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION in Portland #ShellNo Protests Donate today to help BPF bring more Buddhists to nonviolent direct ac ...

Katie Loncke, BPF Co-Director, at #ShellNo Protest in Portland

Katie Loncke, BPF Co-Director, at #ShellNo Protest in Portland

Holy shit. Feels good to be on a bridge in Portland this morning. Behind me and amazing comrade Kristina Flores are 13 brave people, some I'm honored to call friends, suspended fro ...

BREAKING: #ShellNo Protest Halts Arctic Drilling Vessel in Portland; Meditators Spotted on the Bridge

BREAKING: #ShellNo Protest Halts Arctic Drilling Vessel in Portland; Meditators Spotted on the Bridge

Activists rappelled off a bridge in Portland, Oregon early this morning to stop a Shell Oil vessel from heading back north to support Arctic drilling. Early morning meditators were ...

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, ...

Going Into Hell With Unflagging Optimism

The head teacher at my zen center, Byakuren Judith Ragir, offered the following in her recent post: “Jizo Bodhisattva goes into hell to help and has unflagging optimism that life can transform.  How could I possibly have unflagging optimism in the face of the difficulties of our 21st century life?  I can have it in my attitude to the moment-to-moment activity in my life and the willingness to do concrete th ...

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Thus Have I Seen: Photography by Kyeongil Jung

Seeing things as they are, mindfully, critically, and compassionately. Thus Have I Seen A contemplative photography series by Christian Zen practitioner Kyeongil Jung. 1. Practice   "What I really love is not the sea but the path to the sea." – at Fort Tilden, 2010       [divide style="3"] Kyeongil Jung is a Christian Zen practitioner and currently serves as the Director for the Saegil C ...

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Don’t Get Hooked by the Obamacare Debate

So, Congress is locked up again around health care. Large portions of the Affordable Health Care for America Act are set to go into effect in the next few months, and many Republicans aren’t standing for it. Threats of a government shutdown are being made. Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz is currently speaking on the Senate floor in a quasi-filibuster attempt to derail the legislation. And all of this is g ...

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Buddhists Compassionately Confront A Stinking System – And Ourselves

With our online connections thriving, BPFers are calling for a face-to-face meet-up. Pulling off the first Buddhist Peace Fellowship gathering since 2006 won't be easy. Can you help us build the momentum to peacefully confront war, prisons, climate change, and more? Come watch our brand-new video and see what you can do to support The System Stinks 2014 & a BPF gathering! ...

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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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