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We have failed

We have failed

We have failed Black boys and young Black men. Every last one of us has failed to end police killing of Black boys and men. [This was originally sent to BPF's 5000-person strong em ...

Sitting on #ShutItDown and Solidarity with Ferguson

Sitting on #ShutItDown and Solidarity with Ferguson

I'm sitting in my home in Oakland, California, meditating as police helicopters fly overhead. I am not at the protests demanding justice for Mike Brown, even though I live only a f ...

Gender Dysphoria and the Dharma

Gender Dysphoria and the Dharma

As a gender non-conforming person, I am prone to leaving my body, abandoning it, running away. Buddhist meditation helped me come back to a "buddha-nature drenched in flesh." ...

Right Anger and the Path to the End of Caste

Right Anger and the Path to the End of Caste

In the face of violence and brutality, we should develop "samma kodha" — Right Anger — for the sake of all beings. ...

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 can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity." – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer ...

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Twelve-Fold Path of Social Transformation

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Twelve-Fold Path of Social Transformation

When it comes to the education of low-income students of color, mindfulness can easily mystify the structure of social oppression, shifting the analysis of school reform from the s ...

Towards Collective Liberation, or Why We Won’t Stop Talking About Racism

Towards Collective Liberation, or Why We Won’t Stop Talking About Racism

Race was a central theme at BPF’s National Gathering, with offerings like: The Invisible Majority: Will the Real Asian American Buddhist Please Stand Up? Revisiting the Middle Pass ...

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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