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5 Responses to the Awkwardly Titled “New Face of Buddhism”

5 Responses to the Awkwardly Titled “New Face of Buddhism”

Reflections on the pitfalls of a Buddhist makeover. 5 BPFers — Funie Hsu, Kate Johnson, Dedunu Sylvia, Katie Loncke, and The Angry Asian Buddhist himself — respond. ...

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Buddhadharma

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Buddhadharma

Wisdom from revolutionary Grace Lee Boggs: "Real wealth is not the possession of property, but the recognition that our deepest need, as human beings, ...

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Affordable Housing

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Affordable Housing

Can nonviolent direct action help stop gentrification and displacement in its tracks? In one town shaken by a housing crises, a fight to stop luxury condo construction turned into ...

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Racial Justice

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Racial Justice

Dismantling racism takes both inner and outer work. What has BPF been up to in 2015 for racial justice? ...

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Gun Violence

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Gun Violence

How have Buddhist Peace Fellowship members shown up around gun violence in 2015? Check out just a couple of examples... ...

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Climate Change

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Climate Change

It's been a busy year for BPF! This week we look at 5 major areas we tackled in our interconnected efforts for collective liberation. ...

BPF Among 14 Faith Leaders Arrested in Solidarity Action with 14 #BlackLivesMatter Activists

BPF Among 14 Faith Leaders Arrested in Solidarity Action with 14 #BlackLivesMatter Activists

BPFers join other interfaith leaders to support the Black Friday 14 in Oakland, CA: a group of Black Lives Matter activists including BLM co-founder Alicia Garza. ...

Comedian Louis C.K. : Secret Buddhist? (VIDEO)

We don't know if comedian Louis C.K. is a secret Buddhist, but we have our suspicions. His sharp insights into contortions of the human mind — from stupefying boredom to insatiable craving and epic self-loathing — demonstrate that at minimum, the guy's got a bead on his own mental habits. The wonderful Buddhist Reverend Danny Fisher shared this clip with us today, and we just had to pass it on. Louis C.K.'s ...

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The Navy Yard Shooter and America’s “Permanent” State of Violence

Monday’s mass shooting at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard hits home for American Buddhists because the gunman was one of us.  Aaron Alexis was a member of a Thai Buddhist sangha in his neighborhood, and even had plans to become a monk someday. He also was a former Navy reservist who was discharged back in 2011 after an incident that ended in Alexis shooting the floor of a neighbor's apartment. The views on hi ...

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“Nothing Will Ever Change!”

In a Facebook conversation last week with some BPFers, my friend Rachel expressed frustration with her chronic cynicism in the face of massive problems. I often feel as Rachel did last week, “No matter what I (or we as humanity) do, nothing will ever change!” While a healthy dose of skepticism can be useful, the cynic’s extreme focus on the negative had become paralyzing. As we tried to explore the cynic's ...

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Capitalist Dana Doesn’t Lead to Buddhist Social Action

There is a perception among some that American Buddhists, especially those of us "convert" Buddhists, are mostly in the practice for ourselves. The view is that we like to meditate, study texts, be nice to each other, but that we aren't very generous, nor all the interested, collectively, in working to make the lives of others better. In its totality, it’s a stereotype. However, as the regular discussions h ...

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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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