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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, ...

Coming Up August 6–9! BPF in the Southwest

Coming Up August 6–9! BPF in the Southwest

From observing the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings with 70,000 paper cranes, to leading engaged Buddhist meetups and mini-trainings on "compassionate confrontation," BPF's ...

A Buddhist Catholic Scholar Breaks Down the Pope’s Climate Encyclical, So You Don’t Have To

A Buddhist Catholic Scholar Breaks Down the Pope’s Climate Encyclical, So You Don’t Have To

Jack Downey: Laudato Si represents an expansion of the formally “theological” subject matter, and Catholicism’s first environmental encyclical. This is not the first time a pope – ...

The Whole Earth is My True Body: Buddhists March in Rome for Climate Justice

The Whole Earth is My True Body: Buddhists March in Rome for Climate Justice

Thousands of faith-based and environmental activists descended on St. Peter’s Square last Sunday in Rome, showing strength in diversity in the wake of the Pope’s encyclical on clim ...

Waking Up to White Supremacy

Waking Up to White Supremacy

As a white person, I’m feeling the importance right now of addressing my fellow white people. This shit is deep, friends. White privilege is not isolated events, and it’s not somet ...

Oil Soaked Bird Dharma

With every oil spill, there seems to come pictures of the birds. Oil soaked, with tattered wings. Some dead, but many alive. Struggling to breathe, trying desperately to flap their wings and fly away from it all.  I always think of the Exxon Valdez when these images appear. Pictures in the newspaper, and footage on TV news reports from that spill turned me into an environmentalist. At age 13. A painful awak ...

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Growing Our Spiritual Intellect

As we consider what it might mean to Decolonize Our Sanghas (continuing with this month's systemic take on the Fifth Precept of Buddhist ethics), I love imagining "spiritual intellect" as a capacity that we could strive to cultivate and offer as Buddhist activists. As aneeta mitha reports (in her photography series for BPF, on the fight against tar sands extraction and the Keystone XL Pipeline in Alberta, C ...

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Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang: “Decolonization Is Not A Metaphor”

Here at Turning Wheel Media, we've been thinking about Decolonizing Our Sanghas as a collective expression of the Fifth Precept of Buddhist ethics: avoiding intoxicants.  Dharma wisdom advises us to use sobriety, in part, to help ourselves observe the other four ethical guidelines that support a calm mind. [box type="info" color="#000" bg="#ffd700" font="tahoma" font size="20"] The Five Precepts Avoid killi ...

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The Price of Liberation is Eternal Vigilance

Today, I would like to examine the comments of someone who deeply disagrees with the work currently being done on Turning Wheel and at BPF.In doing so, I am not aiming to skewer the writer's personality, or deliberately fan the flames. It strikes me that it's really important to keep an ear open to our critics. To listen for teachings and points of agreement that may lay beneath. This is the spirit in which ...

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Decolonize Enlightenment

By Belinda Griswold But do not ask me where I am going, As I travel in this limitless world, Where every step I take is my home. - Dogen Practicing the Buddhadharma is simple, not easy, as the old saying goes. Part of the “not easy” side of the equation is learning to trust our own understanding of the awakening process, both as individual practitioners and as communities of awakening. For me, the biggest, ...

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“We Are at a Crossroads in Our Culture:” An Interview with Lakota Activist Troy Amlee

Troy Amlee, also known as White Horse Warrior of the White Horse Riders Warrior Society, is a Lakota activist living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is Lakota/Dakota part Santee, Teton, and Hunkpapa from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, and also half Norweigan. He works on a number of issues surrounding Indian country and beyond, including stopping the Enbridge Pipeline with Idle No More, Language and Cu ...

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Call For Submissions: Getting Real About Nonviolence

Although Buddhist Peace Fellowship was founded with principles of non-violence at its core, what does that really mean?  In a society riven with systemic violence, what is the collective meaning of the First Precept of Buddhist ethics, a vow not to kill? Non-violence isn't the way just because the Buddha, or our esteemed teachers, say it is. What matters today is the practical effects of our philosophy of n ...

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What are you prepared to do to resist climate change?

As the fight heats up this summer over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, are we prepared to stand up and say no to what’s been called "game over" for earth’s climate? BPF’s legacy, and our future, is one of Buddhists putting our bodies on the line, staying cool in the hot pressure cooker of direct action, drawing on spiritual wisdom and the depth of our practice. Through our connections together as a fello ...

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Welcome to a Month of: Decolonizing Our Sanghas

As we journey through our 2013 Buddhist activist curriculum, The System Stinks, we've been asking what the Five Precepts of Buddhist ethics might look like when applied at an institutional scale, for collective liberation. So far we've covered the Second Precept (not stealing) in "Stolen Land, Stolen Culture, Stolen Time;" the Third Precept (not engaging in sexual misconduct) in "Sex, Gender, Power;" and th ...

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Fierce and Wild Dandelions: Decolonization Through Loving the Weeds

“On the whole people might be better off if they threw away the crops they so tenderly raise and ate the weeds they spend so much time exterminating.” Euell Gibbons, Stalking the Wild Asparagus I have a fondness for weeds. For the forgotten, dismissed, and marginalized. Anyone who visits my garden in mid-summer probably wonders if I’ve let it go. And it’s true. I don’t tend to it all. The wild nettle patch ...

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