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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. ...

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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shifting hopelessly towards hope— the keystone xl pipeline

come 2014, there will be 2,000 miles of tubing snaking in and out of communities and habitats from alberta, canada coiling over rivers, aquifers, 6 u.s. states and spilling into the refineries of the gulf of mexico. the name of this project— the keystone xl pipeline— will be the carrier of tar sands oil. the transport of this hot sticky morning breath of corporate oil, hotter, stickier and altogether more f ...

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Decolonizing Charity

I'm about halfway through the anthology The Revolution Will Not Be Funded, edited by INCITE! Women Of Color Against Violence, and deriving its cheeky-yet-serious title from Gil Scott Heron's poem.  Andrea Smith (scholar and Native activist) rocks it out in the Introduction, delineating the historical rise of foundations in the U.S. (Rockefeller, Ford, Mellon), and how their efforts to 'keep the peace' and e ...

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Kicking Up the Mud of Buddhas

I am finding myself struggling to write today. Trying to take in all the comments that have come in the wake of Monday’s post, as well as on Katie’s recent exploration of protest culture, which covers some of the same territory. It's been heartening to see so many responses, and some quite wide open, vulnerable sharings. It's also been really painful to see some of the same old narratives arise, witness att ...

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Custodians Of Breath

A Promise We hear the first Thunder rumbling off in the distance before the forever sky comes tumbling down in to our valley to fill us with laughing floods. My mother ushers us outside, in between the smell of sage and sweet earth, she tells us to stretch like bugs, bugs coming out of hibernation; so we become ch'osh (bugs), stretch our stick legs and twig arms, small brown bodies communing with even small ...

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White Buddhist Race Talk

There has been a lot of talk about race and Buddhism here over the past several months, and some of our white readers seem to be wondering why. One commenter outright called a recent post “racist.” When it was pointed out during that the conversation was dominated by white men throwing around intellectual concepts created by other white men during this post, all sorts of hell broke loose, including one of t ...

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price check: the cost of profit

upgrader at fort mcmurray, alberta, canada. clouds muted grey. they thickly curving into cumulus coughing out of the mouths of upgraders. they the forgotten particles of tar sands oil the food of our air. they the breath of hopelessness who were never meant to be exhaled. each steady stream of carbon dioxide released from upgraders— emissions three times greater than conventional oil— form into the season o ...

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