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Block, Build, Be Leadership Retreat July 15–17

Block, Build, Be Leadership Retreat July 15–17

Do you get down at the intersection of social justice and Buddhism? Looking to build community with folks dedicated to practicing spiritual and political liberation? You're officia ...

Block, Build, and Be: Buddhism and Social Justice

Block, Build, and Be: Buddhism and Social Justice

Some of us, fiery and determined, want to BLOCK the bad stuff — put our bodies on the line against injustice and oppression, and support others in doing the same. Some of us, visio ...

Growing the Ranks of White Buddhists Against White Supremacy

Growing the Ranks of White Buddhists Against White Supremacy

For the past 2 years, I’ve been talking with white Buddhists in Oakland and across the US about how the dharma can help us dismantle racism. I'm hoping to share more of this conver ...

Dharma & Direct Action Training comes to Michigan in September

Dharma & Direct Action Training comes to Michigan in September

JOIN BPF IN EXPLORING THE INTERSECTION BETWEEN BUDDHISM AND SOCIAL JUSTICE Applications Now Open! Apply by July 18. The Environmentalist Group of the Zen Buddhist Temple, Ann Arbor ...

Are Trump Protests A Collective Form of Boundary Setting?

Are Trump Protests A Collective Form of Boundary Setting?

What would it mean to set healthy boundaries against Trump's violent rhetoric? ...

5 Ways Buddhists Can Counter Trump’s Bigotry

5 Ways Buddhists Can Counter Trump’s Bigotry

As Buddhists or spiritual people committed to justice, what can we do about hateful, ultra-conservative, quasi-fascist movements like the rise of Donald Trump? ...

Job Posting: Buddhism and Social Justice

Job Posting: Buddhism and Social Justice

Four-month position for a passionate organizer combining dharma and social justice. ...

Blocking The Bulldozer: When Direct Action Works (VIDEO)

When lobbying fails, the opposition outspends us 50 to 1, and appeals to CEOs' humanity are met with the odious rumblings of business as usual, sometimes we decide to put our bodies on the line. "Blocking the bulldozer." (Or excavator, in this case!) Facing the development of the first tar sands extraction site on U.S. soil, members of Peaceful Uprising (PeaceUp) decided to take that risk: blockading and lo ...

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Thus Have I Seen: Friends

Seeing things as they are, mindfully, critically, and compassionately. Thus Have I Seen A contemplative photography series by Christian Zen practitioner Kyeongil Jung. 3. Friends   "The light and dark are not foes but friends." - Anseong, Korea, 2002.   [divide style="3"] Kyeongil Jung is a Christian Zen practitioner and currently serves as the Director for the Saegil Christian Institute for Socie ...

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“The Tradition of Nonviolence is Inseparable from Power”

(This is the first of 5 short selections from an interview with Waging Nonviolence co-founder Nathan Schneider.) At times I've encountered people who are drawn to talk of nonviolence but anxious about talk of power. Perhaps they equate power with violence. I tend to think this anxiety is most of all the result of not wanting to acknowledge the way in which they themselves benefit from coercive power being w ...

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Moving Beyond the Structural Violence of Capitalist Nightmares

I have been without a financial cushion for most of the past year now. When I say that, I mean I barely make rent and feed myself every month. The money I had in the bank, as well as the in the stock market game called an IRA, are gone. Eaten away. Given to landlords and utility companies that use fossil fuels and nuclear power to heat my apartment and power my stove and laptop. I've run through all sorts o ...

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small island: on being a decolonial sri lankan buddhist for a just peace.

I took a long time to come to meditation. Like 38 years. You've heard the story before: I always heard it was good for you, but I tried it and I just couldn't sit still! Then one day, everything got extra fucked up bad and the gates of heaven opened up in my brain! Yeah. Kinda like that. I did grow up with a Full Catastrophe Living book in my mama's house. I did go to the East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) w ...

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How Right Speech Goes Wrong in Social Activism

When groups of folks discuss social and political issues, right speech is like a black squirrel standing tall amongst a sea of grey ones. So much of the time, we’re in reactive mode, tossing nuts from our heads rather than gathering them from our heart-minds. This seems especially true when groups are large, people don’t know each other, and/or the topic is so hot button that anything said can become a trig ...

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Buddhism & Biology: Are Humans Genetically Destined For War?

There is no single, simple Buddhist “take” on human nature. Of course, people are seen as susceptible to dukkah (“suffering,” or — better — “disappointment”) as well as vulnerable to an array of misperceptions. And a strict interpretation of karma can be seen as denying free will if we are forced to experience and act out the consequences of our presumed “prior lives.” But this is a blinkered perspective, a ...

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Thus Have I Seen: Impermanence

Seeing things as they are, mindfully, critically, and compassionately. Thus Have I Seen A contemplative photography series by Christian Zen practitioner Kyeongil Jung. 2. Impermanence   "The river flows, and so does the tree, and so do I." - Wisconsin River, 2005   [divide style="3"] Kyeongil Jung is a Christian Zen practitioner and currently serves as the Director for the Saegil Christian Institu ...

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Buddhist Leaders Pay Close Attention to Climate Change

Imagine: Dharma leaders using their position of influence to talk about global warming, sustainability and justice, carbon footprints, and how to practice individual and collective care for our earth. You don't have to imagine it - it's happening right now. This week (October 1-7, 2013), Buddhist teachers across North America and the United Kingdom are organizing the first Earth Care Week, to reconnect us w ...

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Violence Will Not Cease Without Facing Our Fears of Death

Every time some American man shoots up a building full of people, I feel a deep sense of grief. No matter how many arguments I have heard from gun rights advocates, I've never been able to swallow the obsession with guns many men in the U.S. have. I'm aware that this is a major issue in many other nations as well. Especially in war torn and militarily dominated countries, armed groups of men terrorize peopl ...

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