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When MLK Jr. Rejected “Obnoxious Peace”

When MLK Jr. Rejected “Obnoxious Peace”

As an organization with "Peace" in our name, we are often misunderstood. On MLK Day, let's clarify some things. ...

Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge: Session 1 of Refuge & Resistance

Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge: Session 1 of Refuge & Resistance

Welcome to our January series on Refuge & Resistance! Full intro here. Session 1:   Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge In Buddhism, we take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and th ...

Start the New Year with Refuge & Resistance

Start the New Year with Refuge & Resistance

All beings deserve refuge, but oppression requires resistance. Can we do both? Welcome to our January 2017 series, brand-new from BPF. ...

Surviving Auschwitz, Resisting Trump, Staying Open

Surviving Auschwitz, Resisting Trump, Staying Open

This week visiting home, I'm pulled to revisit some family papers. Today, under Trump's ascendancy, I am the exact same age as my grandfather was in Austria, when Hitler rose to po ...

VIDEO, AUDIO, TRANSCRIPT: BPF Reportback from Standing Rock

VIDEO, AUDIO, TRANSCRIPT: BPF Reportback from Standing Rock

Just released! Hear from a diverse crew of BPFers who went to Standing Rock this fall in solidarity with indigenous leaders against the Dakota Access Pipeline -- including YiLing C ...

4 Elements to Strengthen Us

4 Elements to Strengthen Us

As people committed to collective liberation, we are living in overwhelming, uncertain, and frightening times. Here are 4 friends we can call on. ...

Leaning Into the Unknown with BPF

Leaning Into the Unknown with BPF

Ever since November 8, I’ve felt like I’m stuck at the top of a rollercoaster. Shocked and dumbfounded by the outcome of the election, I’m suspended in mid-air — floating and waiti ...

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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Getting Real About Nonviolence: October on TWM

The above cartoon baffled and irked some of the folks at Waging Nonviolence, but to us, its message rings loud and clear. Does nonviolence really "work"? How do we measure its success? If gains from the Civil Rights Movement later backslide into mass incarceration and the New Jim Crow, can we truly claim that this historic, beloved, nonviolent movement has "solved" something? Precisely because nonviolence r ...

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Your Generosity, Times $10,000

The more compassionate you are, the more generous you can be. The more generous you are, the more loving-friendliness you cultivate to help the world. — Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh in Buddhist Peacework: Creating Cultures of Peace Thanks to a $10,000 matching gift from a generous BPF supporter, between now and October 30th your donation to combine Buddhism and social justice could be DOUBLED!   Much gratitude ...

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Going Into Hell With Unflagging Optimism

The head teacher at my zen center, Byakuren Judith Ragir, offered the following in her recent post: “Jizo Bodhisattva goes into hell to help and has unflagging optimism that life can transform.  How could I possibly have unflagging optimism in the face of the difficulties of our 21st century life?  I can have it in my attitude to the moment-to-moment activity in my life and the willingness to do concrete th ...

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Thus Have I Seen: Photography by Kyeongil Jung

Seeing things as they are, mindfully, critically, and compassionately. Thus Have I Seen A contemplative photography series by Christian Zen practitioner Kyeongil Jung. 1. Practice   "What I really love is not the sea but the path to the sea." – at Fort Tilden, 2010       [divide style="3"] Kyeongil Jung is a Christian Zen practitioner and currently serves as the Director for the Saegil C ...

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Don’t Get Hooked by the Obamacare Debate

So, Congress is locked up again around health care. Large portions of the Affordable Health Care for America Act are set to go into effect in the next few months, and many Republicans aren’t standing for it. Threats of a government shutdown are being made. Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz is currently speaking on the Senate floor in a quasi-filibuster attempt to derail the legislation. And all of this is g ...

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