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10 Forms of Healing and Resistance in the Face of Police Violence

10 Forms of Healing and Resistance in the Face of Police Violence

Feeling overwhelmed with all the police violence in the news? Looking for Buddhists who share your commitment to resisting structural racism? Check out these resources and share wh ...

What Do Buddhists Do When Police Dominate Pride?

What Do Buddhists Do When Police Dominate Pride?

Black Lives Matter honorees pulled out of SF Pride, and Buddhist Grand Marshals stayed in. What would you do? ...

Sitting For the Frisco Five

Sitting For the Frisco Five

The first time I remember sitting in front of San Francisco City Hall was at my high school prom, 12 years ago. I was barely politicized back then. The last time I sat in front of ...

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. ...

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 ...

Dharma & Direct Action Training comes to Michigan in September

Dharma & Direct Action Training comes to Michigan in September

Join BPF and the Environmentalist Group of the Zen Buddhist Temple, Ann Arbor, for a two-day September workshop to develop inspiring responses to injustice guided by spiritual wisd ...

Block, Build, and Be: Buddhism and Social Justice

Block, Build, and Be: Buddhism and Social Justice

What do you want to Block? What do you want to Build? And what do you want to Be? For a limited time, give to the BPF campaign and receive lovely perks for your donation. ...

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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5 Buddhist No-No’s At Political Protests

I take refuge in the Buddha, the dharma, and the sangha.  But sometimes, I admit, I feel a little ashamed to be Buddhist.  Some of those times involve mass political actions where Buddhists are present, visibly involved. (The above photo, despite Buddhist-seeming "WAKE UP" signs, is not actually Buddhist, but a BlackberryLtd-funded "protest" outside an Apple store in Australia. Again, not Buddhist, but an a ...

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Buddhists Hate Change

The Buddha’s teachings are filled with pointers and commentary about impermanence, the fleeting quality of life, and the opportunity each of us has to “wake up” because of this. Amongst the world’s major religions, Buddhism not only emphasizes change the most, but it appears to unabashedly embrace change. Upon Shakyamuni’s death, there was much sadness and pleading in the original sangha. However, there wer ...

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5 Fresh Ways You Can Sit To Change Shit

In storefronts, on street corners, outside voting booths or the doors of Goldman Sachs, we've seen Buddhists bring their half-lotus some unlikely places in the name of social engagement. Political sits "work" because juxtaposing an outward posture of (perceived) peace with strong political demands or direct action can shake up expectations and send a powerful message — while also reminding us to attend to i ...

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Spiritual Resistance in the “Fossil Fuel” Capital of the World

Today, Turning Wheel interviews two activists on the front lines of the Houston Tar Sands Blockade. Houston is of the two end point destinations for the Keystone XL Pipeline. It also is the headquarters of numerous oil and gas multinationals, including Halliburton and Phillips 66. As such, Houston offers a unique opportunity to both resist the tar sands, and also work to transform America's oil and gas indu ...

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from nature to destruction— a timetravel to no where.

i don't know if you all feel this way sometimes but sometimes, it feels as though i am transported to a time that i never existed in, a time when the humyn manipulation of nature wasn't synonymous with catastrophe. densely packed forests where they should be, desolate deserts where they should be, bees, rhinos and rivers where they should be. the time-body warp is circa pre-colonial. it's an epic feeling th ...

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Member Phone Call with Debra White Plume, Harsha Walia, and Diana Pei Wu!

Continuing with this month's theme of Decolonizing Our Sanghas (an unusual, collective take on the Fifth Precept of Buddhist ethics), we are thrilled to announce that this month's BPF member phone call will host: The phenomenal Debra White Plume, leader of Owe Aku and Moccasins On The Ground.   White Plume leads trainings and tours on nonviolent direct actions to stop the tar sands and Keystone XL Pipeline. ...

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The Colonialist Lie of Personal Responsibilty

Get over it. Move on with your life. Stop wallowing in victimhood. These kind of blunt, snappy phrases sometimes get tossed around in Buddhist circles as dharma. Teachers desiring to jolt their students employ them, often with reminders about impermanence and the lack of a solid, fixed self. Others, regardless of status, hitch them to appeals to “be present in the now” and “let go of the past.” As far as ph ...

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Renouncing the “Colonial Self:” An Interview with Dharma Teacher Larry Yang

  Today, Turning Wheel interviews Larry Yang on the relationship between the dharma and American indigenous cultures, safety in our sanghas, and some of the challenges in making Buddhist communities more diverse. Larry Yang has been practicing meditation for more than 20 years and has worked extensively to bring meditation and Buddhist practice to multicultural communities in the West including communities ...

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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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