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What’s My Role in the Revolution?

What’s My Role in the Revolution?

Have you ever wondered if you're doing enough, or doing the right things, to create true social and spiritual transformation? If so, it might be time to re-visit your role in the r ...

Rest in Power Aaron Lee, the Angry Asian Buddhist

Rest in Power Aaron Lee, the Angry Asian Buddhist

Aaron Lee, author of the blog Angry Asian Buddhist, died Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 34. BPF reflects on all we've learned, and continue to learn, from Arun’s clear ...

To Liberate All Beings from the Dukkha of Deportation

To Liberate All Beings from the Dukkha of Deportation

Last year, on November 8, a member of my chosen family deported himself to Mexico. Rodolfo's courage in fighting for migrant justice reminds me of the first vow of the Bodhisattva ...

Emergency Teach-In: Buddhists Wage Peace in Korea

Emergency Teach-In: 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 ...

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 ...

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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American Groundlessness: Grappling With The NFL’s Concussion Crisis

The National Football League thought it killed the story. After its recent $765 million settlement with 4,500 retired players for damages related to head injury, the NFL thought it had finally put this concussion issue to bed, at least for an afternoon nap. Even more triumphant than this relatively meager payout was the NFL’s avoidance of any admitted wrongdoing or extended investigation. The players would ...

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Thus Have I Seen: Destination

Seeing things as they are, mindfully, critically, and compassionately. Thus Have I Seen A contemplative photography series by Christian Zen practitioner Kyeongil Jung. 9. Destination Florida Keys, 2013.   "The way is the destination."   [divide style="3"] Kyeongil Jung is a Christian Zen practitioner and currently serves as the Director for the Saegil Christian Institute for Society and Culture in ...

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No Revolution Without Dancing and Compassion

[Editor's note:] Ever feel a pressure in sangha, or other spiritual community, to harmoniously agree with whatever is said, and not rock the boat? Or, in social justice community, do you lament that "dialogue" across "difference" always seems to devolve into shouting matches, denunciations, and email flame-wars? At BPF we believe that respectful disagreement, deep listening, and non-toxic debate are possibl ...

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When Peace Building Is Not A Lovey-Dovey Endeavor: Burma

The challenge of organizing and staffing a truly open fact-finding commission [in Myanmar] is not going to be a simple or easy matter.  INEB and JUST, the sponsoring organizations, take this responsibility seriously, knowing that the well-being of our friends and allies inside Myanmar are at stake.  —Hozan Alan Senauke [Emphasis added.] Friend, leader of Clear View Project, and former BPF Executive Director ...

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Reclaiming Time

“If we want our world to be different, our first act has to be claiming time to think. We can’t expect those who are well served by the current reality to give us time to think. If we want anything to change, we are the ones who have to reclaim time.” - Meg Wheatley You might have noticed that we're a touch quieter around here! After publishing 5 days a week for the past year, we have scaled back our publis ...

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The Dharma of Black Feminism: Zenju Earthlyn Manuel on bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry

The Dharma of Black Feminism: A Commentary On Black Women's Voices Who's Listening? [youtube=http://youtu.be/5OmgqXao1ng] A video conversation with bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry Held at The New School in New York City, November 8th, 2013 [divide style="2"] Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel My family ran to the TV to see black folks faces across the screen. I still run to see but rarely do I stop these days. ...

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The System Stinks, Volume 5: Getting Real About Nonviolence

In our final installment of The System Stinks curriculum in 2013, we turn our attention to Buddhism's First Precept: to refrain from killing. Inside Volume 5: Getting Real about Nonviolence Now released: Our recorded members call with Nathan Schneider, co-founder of Waging Nonviolence Revolutionary Enlightenment: A Practice Offering from spiritual teacher Sage Mahosadha, who shares an innovative, real-world ...

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