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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. ...

“Memory Is Political”: Storytelling, Movement Building, and the Third Noble Truth

“Memory Is Political”: Storytelling, Movement Building, and the Third Noble Truth

The question of the usefulness or non-relevance of “the story” is one of the great “both / ands” of living a Buddhist life. And, all human stories, descending from the most cosmic ...

BPF Summer Gathering Schedule

BPF Summer Gathering Schedule

The BPF Summer Gathering will bring together Buddhists and activists from over 20 states and multiple countries, for dialogues, meditation, and training in nonviolent direct action ...

Practice in Transformative Action: Bay Area training program

Practice in Transformative Action: Bay Area training program

Mushim Ikeda, contributor to BPF's The System Stinks curriculum, is launching another year of the Practice in Transformative Action (PiTA 2) yearlong program at East Bay Meditation ...

On Interdependence Day, BPF Joins A Climate Change Fight

Keystone is the travesty that has me resolved to be out on the streets again. —Anaïs, BPF member The Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL) has been called "game over for climate change." Already the massive corporate extraction of tar sands and crude bitumen from Alberta, Canada (slated to be glugged through KXL to oil refineries in the Gulf of Mexico, for predominantly foreign export), is poisoning First Nations terr ...

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A New Sangha of Social Action

 If you listen to a modern dharma talk about the second Buddhist precept (not taking that which is not given), odds are you will hear a focus on individual action. Conversations about theft tend to revolve around taking or not taking objects, money, or another person's time. In other words, the immediate actions of a lone practitioner. Something not terribly different from the Christian commandment of "Thou ...

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Sex, Gender, Power: The Study Guide

Sex. Gender. Power. Get your copy of the third volume of The System Stinks, where we investigate systemic sexual misconduct and paths to liberation from sexism and gender oppression. What you'll find inside: An introduction that grapples with the paradox of gender essentialism, the tricky balance of holding both the form and emptiness of concepts like sex and gender.  Sometimes it seems like identifying a s ...

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Thank You, Kenji Liu!

Have you been loving Kenji Liu's writing as Guest Editor for Turning Wheel Media these past few months? Yeah — we have, too. In bygone, analog years of BPF, Kenji acted as Guest Editor for the much beloved Turning Wheel magazine.  So we were delighted this Spring when he agreed to take another turn, this time in our new cyber home (which, incidentally, he also designed!). From sparking a bountiful discussio ...

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What Goes Into Having An Abortion

[Note: we realize that the topic of abortion may be highly controversial among Buddhists, and we do not require readers to agree with this post, or any post we publish on Turning Wheel Media. Nevertheless, we feel this piece represents a valuable perspective, and we are grateful to the author for sharing it with us. Comments on this post may express strong disagreement, but may not attack the author. Any th ...

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Hunting Confucian Cowboys (Part II)

View Part I of "Hunting Confucian Cowboys" here. II. Recall your parents' teachings; every day burn fragrance to venerate your ancestors. Foreign lands will become home, and it will be different. What parents teach will not always be meaningful, relevant to the new. Heaven and earth will switch places. My mother comes to me with a task. Here is a business letter your father is trying to write. Your English ...

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House-Builder of Sexism, Thou Art Seen

Upon the Buddha's enlightenment, he described his many-lifetimes search for a mysterious house builder. Seeking but not finding the house builder, I traveled through the round of countless births. Oh, painful is birth ever and again! House builder you have now been seen. You shall not build the house again. Your rafters have been broken down; your ridge-pole is demolished too. My mind has now attained the u ...

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Hunting Confucian Cowboys (Part I)

While visiting my childhood New Jersey home in my late twenties, I ask about a Chinese scroll hanging on the wall. It has been there as long as I can remember but reading it is not an option for me. It is a qilu poem written over seven centuries ago by an ancestor, Gong Guang-Chuan, and passed down. My father translates Gong’s “advice to the Liu family”: Stay on course crossing borders. Uphold ethics where ...

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The Heterosexuality of Silent Retreat

I once rather directly asked one of my Theravada meditation teachers why men and women had to be separated for the duration of our silent laypersons' retreat. Instinctively I understood the heterosexual nature of the practice before asking, but I wanted to hear the explanation. The response was of course that if men and women mixed during the course of a retreat—where the goal was to practice and appreciate ...

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Mindfulness of Gender Rising, Rising

Aside from my father, one of my early male role models was a high school art teacher. As a very artistically oriented child, I had some difficulty relating to the interests of my mostly-left-brained father. So the art and music departments of my high school became my favorite places, where I was accepted and strongly supported as an artist. Mr. Mich, an abbreviation for a longer Eastern European family name ...

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