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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 matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a ...

A Song to Stop Urban Shield

A Song to Stop Urban Shield

The 1999 WTO protests in Seattle marked the beginning of what has become a rapid militarization of U.S. police departments all across the country. BPFers in the Bay Area decided to ...

When You Picture U.S. Buddhists, Do You Think Of Me?

When You Picture U.S. Buddhists, Do You Think Of Me?

Re-visibilizing Asian Americans in Buddhism is a precious opportunity. It can mean opening up, anchoring in hard historical truths, and bearing witness to an array of stories, voic ...

Fuck Your Right Speech (Are You Listening?)

Fuck Your Right Speech (Are You Listening?)

Is Right Speech rigged to support the status quo? ...

Buddhists and the Bloc: An Open Thread On Antifa

Buddhists and the Bloc: An Open Thread On Antifa

Buddhists disagree over black bloc tactics and antifa orientations. What's your take? ...

Urgent Prayers for Charlottesville, Virginia

Urgent Prayers for Charlottesville, Virginia

As extreme right-wing groups, encouraged to arrive armed, prepare to converge in Charlottesville, Virginia tomorrow, we at Buddhist Peace Fellowship want to Be in spiritual and mat ...

Emergency Teach-In AUGUST 17: Buddhists Wage Peace in Korea

Emergency Teach-In AUGUST 17: Buddhists Wage Peace in Korea

You might have heard Trump’s “fire and fury” dick-swinging toward North Korea, risking nuclear escalation. Did you also know that Won Buddhists are playing a major role for peace o ...

Thus Have I Seen: Prayer

Seeing things as they are, mindfully, critically, and compassionately. Thus Have I Seen A contemplative photography series by Christian Zen practitioner Kyeongil Jung. 12. Prayer Grand Canyon, 2011.   "May all be peaceful in heart and pure in mind."   [divide style="3"] Kyeongil Jung is a Christian Zen practitioner and currently serves as the Director for the Saegil Christian Institute for Society ...

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Floating Onward: Honoring Venerable Bhante Suhita Dharma

We share the following tribute to expand and amplify the beautiful writings, already circulating the web (see Maia Duerr's and Kimberly Alidio's for a start), that honor the recent passing of Venerable Bhante Suhita Dharma, an inspiration and guide to many on the engaged dharma path. A former staff member at the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Bhante was the Prison Program Coordinator and helped steer the Coming ...

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Thus Have I Seen: Not Knowing

Seeing things as they are, mindfully, critically, and compassionately. Thus Have I Seen A contemplative photography series by Christian Zen practitioner Kyeongil Jung. 11. Not Knowing Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, 2006.   "Where are we going?" "Don't know." "That's great!"   [divide style="3"] Kyeongil Jung is a Christian Zen practitioner and currently serves as the Director for the Saegil Christian In ...

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Our Community Could Be Safe from Violence? Investing in the Possibility of Peace

I had the opportunity to sit down with Kingian Nonviolence trainer Kazu Haga a few weeks ago. Built on principles outlined by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Kingian Nonviolence offers inspirational and practical training in prisons, schools, and communities. This is the first in a series of excerpts from our interview together. ~ Dawn [divide] The Impossibility of Nonviolence We were in a training two years ag ...

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Sometimes You Just Want To Run and Hide. How To Reconnect To Happiness?

Even as a BPFer committed to furthering world peace, I’ll be honest: I’m sometimes tempted to turn off the news and go hide in a cave. (Not even meditate. Just hide.) The teetering precipice of nuclear disaster in Fukushima, monks murdering in the name of Buddhism in Burma, Renisha McBride killed in Detroit for seeking neighborly help while Black. It all feels like too much. It’s even tougher to stay presen ...

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Thus Have I Seen: The Light

Seeing things as they are, mindfully, critically, and compassionately. Thus Have I Seen A contemplative photography series by Christian Zen practitioner Kyeongil Jung. 10. The Light Central Park, New York, 2013. "The Light is on, and will glow as the Night comes on, too."   [divide style="3"] Kyeongil Jung is a Christian Zen practitioner and currently serves as the Director for the Saegil Christian Ins ...

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BPF Is Hiring! Come Work With Us As Director of Development

[Note 1/6]: Deadline for applications is almost here! If you've been thinking about applying but feeling nervous about fundraising, rest assured that your enthusiasm for connecting with fellow engaged Buddhists will take you far. :) [divide style="2"] As the year draws to a close, we're looking forward to a wonderful addition to the BPF team in 2014! The Buddhist Peace Fellowship is hiring a Director of Dev ...

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Equality As An Embodied Practice (VIDEO)

Does dharma's universality mean that it appears in the same way, to all people, in all circumstances? Or does our embodied experience in "realms" of existence — living in poverty, under occupation, with addiction, in abusive relationship — affect how the dharma shows up in our lives? Our friend Joshua Stephens explores these questions and more in this dharma talk, shared with permission. Enjoy! [youtube=htt ...

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Can Buddhists Help Heal Racism Without Addressing White Supremacy?

Recently we sent out a little BPF survey, asking folks what brings them happiness in connecting dharma and social justice. The outpouring of feedback has been incredibly heartwarming. As one person wrote, I see dharma and social justice as aspects of the same thing. BPF is like a breath of fresh air; like coming home; a strengthener. Gah! So wonderful to hear. In the survey, we also included a question call ...

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Green Machine: For This Engaged Buddhist, the Manual Typewriter is a Practice Whose Time Has Come

I wandered into the Pasadena Antique Mall recently while waiting to meet my wife Steph for dinner, and emerged carrying a near-mint Olympia SM3 DeLuxe, freshly serviced by Highland Park’s legendary typewriter mecca U.S. Office Machines Co. For a guy unexpectedly lugging a heavy case, I must have looked pretty cheerful walking out: I’d been contemplating a typewriter purchase for at least a couple of years, ...

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