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Honoring Direct Action, Reframing Compassion

Honoring Direct Action, Reframing Compassion

As engaged Buddhists, are we ready for the ferocious compassion of nonviolent direct action within racial justice movements? Are we openhearted enough to hold the searing truths th ...

BPF Stands with the #ShellNo Protesters: Keep the pressure on!

BPF Stands with the #ShellNo Protesters: Keep the pressure on!

Big love to BPF Co-Director Katie Loncke for COURAGEOUS NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION in Portland #ShellNo Protests Donate today to help BPF bring more Buddhists to nonviolent direct ac ...

Katie Loncke, BPF Co-Director, at #ShellNo Protest in Portland

Katie Loncke, BPF Co-Director, at #ShellNo Protest in Portland

Holy shit. Feels good to be on a bridge in Portland this morning. Behind me and amazing comrade Kristina Flores are 13 brave people, some I'm honored to call friends, suspended fro ...

BREAKING: #ShellNo Protest Halts Arctic Drilling Vessel in Portland; Meditators Spotted on the Bridge

BREAKING: #ShellNo Protest Halts Arctic Drilling Vessel in Portland; Meditators Spotted on the Bridge

Activists rappelled off a bridge in Portland, Oregon early this morning to stop a Shell Oil vessel from heading back north to support Arctic drilling. Early morning meditators were ...

Why might the Vatican suddenly care about climate change?

Why might the Vatican suddenly care about climate change?

First, Pope Francis offers the world Laudato Si, his encyclical affirming the science behind climate change and naming our broken economic system as the key issue to fight. He even ...

May All Beings… Social Justice Portraits from Buddhist Leaders

May All Beings… Social Justice Portraits from Buddhist Leaders

We asked leaders from the First U.S. Buddhist Delegation to the White House to pose for portraits repping their most-beloved social justice or environmental issue. Teachers and lum ...

Dharma & Direct Action comes to New York City in November

Dharma & Direct Action comes to New York City in November

Join us for a weekend NYC intensive on Dharma & Direct Action, building concrete skills for compassionate confrontation. In a world tormented by racism, sexism, climate disasters, ...

Backing Up #TeamEngaged on Tricycle?

You've probably heard of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, one of the foremost English-language Buddhist journals. Maybe you're even a subscriber. And perhaps, if you follow their online Blog section, you've seen comments like this one, left on an article about institutional racism. Reply by aewhitehouse on August 21, 2013, 3:10 pm Very disappointed to read this entry which basically just propagates the neo-li ...

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Slowing Down, Deepening In: Compassionate Earth Walk

Over 60 days into their walking pilgrimage, participants in the Buddhist-led Compassionate Earth Walk continue to dedicate their bodies as a prayer for collective well-being: greeting landscapes and townspeople as they make their way along the route of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. The walkers rely on myriad forms of generosity to support their journey.  BPF just offered our second modest donation ...

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Zen Master Dogen and the Crisis in Syria

It’s been a very interesting few days of developments in the crisis in Syria. The Syrian government agreed to a Russian proposal to hand over its chemical weapons and sign the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons treaty, which currently has 189 signatures on it. President Obama and his administration continue to press the case for military intervention, even as the diplomatic front has opened ...

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Support Buddhist Global Relief’s Efforts to Feed the Hungry

In 2007 the American Buddhist scholar-monk, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, was invited to write an editorial essay for the Buddhist magazine Buddhadharma. In his essay, he called attention to the narrowly inward focus of American Buddhism, which has been pursued to the neglect of the active dimension of Buddhist compassion expressed through programs of social engagement. Several of Ven. Bodhi’s students who read the e ...

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6 Reasons Why Michael Pollan Buddhists and Their Vegetarian/Vegan Adversaries Fail at Food Ethics

My recent post here on race and Buddhism has been quite the hot potato. Now standing at 100 comments, the conversation is at turns rich, depressing, inspiring, and infuriating. Over the past week, the topic of food came up, specifically issues around access, food deserts, and intersections of class and race. For some reason, the first thing that came to my mind was the rural community in Western Pennsylvani ...

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Happy Friday; May You Enjoy A Weekend of Wisdom

Sorry about the lack of a real post today, BPFers: the weekend caught up with us.   Will make it up to you with more on Syria, Buddhist anarchism, creative nonviolent organizing, Buddhist Global Relief, and other BPF essentials. Enjoy your weekend; may it be fruitful; may we celebrate wisdom, for the benefit of all beings. ...

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The System Stinks, Volume 4: Decolonizing Our Sanghas

Our wonderful recorded call with Harsha Walia and Diana Pei Wu, discussing decolonization and spirituality; A brand-new digital album on indigenous tar sands resistance, by Buddhist and photographer aneeta mitha; Thoughtful study guide questions for our favorite essays and interviews from this theme on Turning Wheel Media; Personal practice offerings that join mindfulness and historical investigation; and m ...

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Capitalist Dharma and the Social Ecology of Buddhist Sanghas

As my own sangha is going through some restructuring around finances, and considering a move to a new location (which will involve more decisions around money and community resources), I continue to think a lot about how capitalism has infected Buddhist sanghas, and how we might go about creating/promoting alternative approaches. While some communities have successfully created cultures of dana, many others ...

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Fear of Change and Climate Crisis

As my beginner’s Buddhism encounters the climate crisis, I have been vexed by the paradox of change: If we are supposed to recognize the impermanent nature of all things, how do we also raise hell to keep the climate from changing? Isn’t this foolhardy attachment, illusion? Perhaps better to meditate on fearlessness for the changes that are coming, and the changes that are already all around us. But like ma ...

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Syria and the Crisis of American Imagination

In a reflective and carefully worded post that ultimately supports military action in Syria, American Zen teacher James Ford writes the following: “ Just War theories, grounded in an assertion of a right to self-defense, which, particularly thinking of that monument on Beacon Street in Boston I accept as a deep truth, are nonetheless so easily, too easily subverted by nationalist sensibilities. And even at ...

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