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Shut It Down: Reclaiming the Radical Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Shut It Down: Reclaiming the Radical Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The real Martin Luther King Jr. was angry about injustice, radical in his politics and militant in his tactics. Kazu Haga, dharma practitioner and Kingian nonviolence teacher, expl ...

Buddha + Black Lives Matter: A Racial Justice Reflection Toolkit

Buddha + Black Lives Matter: A Racial Justice Reflection Toolkit

Tired of pseudo-spiritual derails from #BlackLivesMatter to #AllLivesMatter? Want concrete ideas for sparking racial justice conversation in your sangha? Want the best recent Buddh ...

Social Justice and the 4 Noble Truths: 2014 Roundup

Social Justice and the 4 Noble Truths: 2014 Roundup

The System Stinks 2014: Social Justice and the Four Noble Truths Contributors (clockwise from top left): Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Mushim Ikeda, Hozan Alan Senauke, Funie Hsu, Fa ...

Buddhist Blockade Against Police Militarization [VIDEO]

Buddhist Blockade Against Police Militarization [VIDEO]

Buddhist Peace Fellowship used the peacefulness of our sitting meditation posture to interrupt the flow of foot traffic at the downtown Oakland Marriott Hotel, which was hosting Ur ...

Joanna Macy & Sulak Sivaraksa: In Conversation at BPF’s National Gathering

Joanna Macy & Sulak Sivaraksa: In Conversation at BPF’s National Gathering

BPF's National Gathering was one of the jewels of 2014, an unprecedented convening of Buddhist activists from across the US. In our Keynote Event, BPF elders Joanna Macy and Ajahn ...

Which Side Are You On?

Which Side Are You On?

As terrible as the Michael Brown and Eric Garner grand jury decisions have been, they are serving the purpose of waking up a lot of people who have been oblivious to or in denial o ...

Being Mindful of Race, Some Resources From Ruth King

Being Mindful of Race, Some Resources From Ruth King

Want to know how you can be more mindful around race and racism? Here's a helpful list of resources from dharma teacher Ruth King. ...

The Colonialist Lie of Personal Responsibilty

Get over it. Move on with your life. Stop wallowing in victimhood. These kind of blunt, snappy phrases sometimes get tossed around in Buddhist circles as dharma. Teachers desiring to jolt their students employ them, often with reminders about impermanence and the lack of a solid, fixed self. Others, regardless of status, hitch them to appeals to “be present in the now” and “let go of the past.” As far as ph ...

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Renouncing the “Colonial Self:” An Interview with Dharma Teacher Larry Yang

  Today, Turning Wheel interviews Larry Yang on the relationship between the dharma and American indigenous cultures, safety in our sanghas, and some of the challenges in making Buddhist communities more diverse. Larry Yang has been practicing meditation for more than 20 years and has worked extensively to bring meditation and Buddhist practice to multicultural communities in the West including communities ...

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Oil Soaked Bird Dharma

With every oil spill, there seems to come pictures of the birds. Oil soaked, with tattered wings. Some dead, but many alive. Struggling to breathe, trying desperately to flap their wings and fly away from it all.  I always think of the Exxon Valdez when these images appear. Pictures in the newspaper, and footage on TV news reports from that spill turned me into an environmentalist. At age 13. A painful awak ...

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Growing Our Spiritual Intellect

As we consider what it might mean to Decolonize Our Sanghas (continuing with this month's systemic take on the Fifth Precept of Buddhist ethics), I love imagining "spiritual intellect" as a capacity that we could strive to cultivate and offer as Buddhist activists. As aneeta mitha reports (in her photography series for BPF, on the fight against tar sands extraction and the Keystone XL Pipeline in Alberta, C ...

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Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang: “Decolonization Is Not A Metaphor”

Here at Turning Wheel Media, we've been thinking about Decolonizing Our Sanghas as a collective expression of the Fifth Precept of Buddhist ethics: avoiding intoxicants.  Dharma wisdom advises us to use sobriety, in part, to help ourselves observe the other four ethical guidelines that support a calm mind. [box type="info" color="#000" bg="#ffd700" font="tahoma" font size="20"] The Five Precepts Avoid killi ...

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The Price of Liberation is Eternal Vigilance

Today, I would like to examine the comments of someone who deeply disagrees with the work currently being done on Turning Wheel and at BPF.In doing so, I am not aiming to skewer the writer's personality, or deliberately fan the flames. It strikes me that it's really important to keep an ear open to our critics. To listen for teachings and points of agreement that may lay beneath. This is the spirit in which ...

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Decolonize Enlightenment

By Belinda Griswold But do not ask me where I am going, As I travel in this limitless world, Where every step I take is my home. - Dogen Practicing the Buddhadharma is simple, not easy, as the old saying goes. Part of the “not easy” side of the equation is learning to trust our own understanding of the awakening process, both as individual practitioners and as communities of awakening. For me, the biggest, ...

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“We Are at a Crossroads in Our Culture:” An Interview with Lakota Activist Troy Amlee

Troy Amlee, also known as White Horse Warrior of the White Horse Riders Warrior Society, is a Lakota activist living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is Lakota/Dakota part Santee, Teton, and Hunkpapa from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, and also half Norweigan. He works on a number of issues surrounding Indian country and beyond, including stopping the Enbridge Pipeline with Idle No More, Language and Cu ...

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Call For Submissions: Getting Real About Nonviolence

Although Buddhist Peace Fellowship was founded with principles of non-violence at its core, what does that really mean?  In a society riven with systemic violence, what is the collective meaning of the First Precept of Buddhist ethics, a vow not to kill? Non-violence isn't the way just because the Buddha, or our esteemed teachers, say it is. What matters today is the practical effects of our philosophy of n ...

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What are you prepared to do to resist climate change?

As the fight heats up this summer over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, are we prepared to stand up and say no to what’s been called "game over" for earth’s climate? BPF’s legacy, and our future, is one of Buddhists putting our bodies on the line, staying cool in the hot pressure cooker of direct action, drawing on spiritual wisdom and the depth of our practice. Through our connections together as a fello ...

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