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Practice in Transformation Action: Bay Area training program

Practice in Transformation Action: Bay Area training program

Mushim Ikeda, contributor to BPF's The System Stinks curriculum, is launching another year of the Practice in Transformative Action (PiTA 2) yearlong program at East Bay Meditation ...

BPF Summer Gathering Schedule

BPF Summer Gathering Schedule

The BPF Summer Gathering will bring together Buddhists and activists from over 20 states and multiple countries, for dialogues, meditation, and training in nonviolent direct action ...

ACTION ALERT: This Workers’ Center Was Told To Cut Ties With Marriage Equality Allies, Or Lose $75,000. Show Them They Did The Right Thing.

ACTION ALERT: This Workers’ Center Was Told To Cut Ties With Marriage Equality Allies, Or Lose $75,000. Show Them They Did The Right Thing.

"In this place, everyone is welcome." These were the words of Romeo Sosa, the Executive Director of VOZ this week, in front of the small trailer in southeast Portland, Oregon, wher ...

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Third Noble Truth and the Possibility of Collective Liberation

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Third Noble Truth and the Possibility of Collective Liberation

[TRIGGER WARNING: This post contains information that may be disturbing to survivors of sexual assault.]   “For Warmth” by Thich Nhat Hanh (from Zen Poems)   I hold my fa ...

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and The Third Noble Truth

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and The Third Noble Truth

“Great is the matter of birth and death, quickly passing, passing, gone. Awake, awake, each one, awake. Don’t waste this life.” This is the message written on the Han, a wooden ins ...

Hoping To Survive In Gaza

Hoping To Survive In Gaza

“I don't know what else to say. I think we are going to die. It makes me sad that I cannot protect the child I made, I can't protect him from these missiles. I just can't. I don't ...

Interview: Lizandra Vidal, Ayiti Yoga

Interview: Lizandra Vidal, Ayiti Yoga

Lizandra Vidal and I did our yoga teacher training together back in 2011, in Washington, DC. I'm very excited to have reconnected with her and learn what she's up to — teaching yog ...

Solidarity on International Workers’ Day

Since today is International Workers' Day, I'm taking today off to commemorate it in my own way, by reading—poetry, analysis, social theory, and history. For those who aren't familiar with the day's origins, it is a commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket massacre in Chicago. While demonstrators were on peaceful general strike for an eight-hour work day, an unknown person threw a bomb at police, resulting in po ...

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Awakening To A Web of Theft

It's been a sobering and inspiring month with you, exploring an institutional take on the Second Precept, or a Buddhist look at systemic stealing.  Thank you for joining us in this process of learning and reflection. To close out our month, and in honor of May Day tomorrow, we want to leave you with the insights of author, historian, and journalist Vijay Prashad, on the recent tragic and infuriating deaths ...

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Unravelling the Layers: Contemplating Institutionalized Stealing

As you read this, I’m looking out over the coast of California at the ocean, just south of Half Moon Bay, considering all the layers of history that allow me to be here. This location, like all of California, was first American Indian—Ohlone-Costanoan territory to be specific. In the late 18th century, The Spanish began their occupation of California with the building of missions and introduction of Europea ...

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Favorite Classics on Theft of Land, Culture, Time?

As we study institutionalized theft in this second theme of The System Stinks, what are some of the classic texts that you've found helpful in understanding systemic theft? We're especially interested in the three forms of theft we've chosen for study this month: theft of land, culture, and time. Theft of Land: Media on colonization, Manifest Destiny, indigenous organizing, sovereignty, expropriation Theft ...

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Qallunology 201: We are the First De-Indigenized Civilization

By Derek Rasmussen This year, the Idle No More movement focused on Earth Day to bring attention on the links between Indigenous issues and the environmental movement. Events leading up to Earth Day included an impressive ‘Nation2Nation’ dialogue between Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabeg leaders like Ellen Gabriel and Leanne Simpson and Canadian activist Naomi Klein in Toronto [videos linked here and here]. Rus ...

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BPF Supports Statement For Peace on the Korean Peninsula

Amidst the recent US-Korean tensions, which stretch back a long time, with many causes and conditions, BPF would like to share this letter, forwarded to us from our friends and colleagues at the International Network of Engaged Buddhists. Although we feel ill equipped to comment meaningfully on many geopolitical issues, we support the letter and hope to learn more about how anti-imperialists in Korea and th ...

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Delusionary States: Toppling the Big Stories of Our Times

As human beings, we live with a lot of abstractions we consider to be normal, almost like a collective hallucination. This is a familiar idea for dhamma practitioners since one of the fundamental and liberating insights of dhamma is the experience of anatta, or “no-self.” Through practice we begin to experience the emptiness of something we thought was very solid—our sense of self. We begin to loosen attach ...

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BPF Member Call This Sunday: Buddhist Direct Action on KXL

Yesterday was the final chance to submit public comments to the White House in hopes of changing the President's mind on the Keystone XL Pipeline.  Now, the executive decision to continue or discontinue construction of the pipeline rests in Obama's hands.  But he is not the only one who will decide how events unfold. Between Idle No More, the Native Resistance Network, Indigenous Environmental Network, Grea ...

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What is Stolen in Mappō Empire Buddhism? A Black-Pacific Meditation

by Fredrick Douglas Kakinami Cloyd You should study the green mountains, using numerous worlds as your standard. You should clearly examine the green mountains' walking and your own walking. —Zen Master Dōgen, Mountains and Waters Sutra (Sansuikyō) As we practice embodying the time of Kaliyuga, Mo-Fa, Mappō, how are we to take up this great practice and the self/no-self? And in investigating such common Bud ...

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I’m Awake. And Now? Freedom From and Freedom To

The most inspiring promise of dhamma practice is the possibility of freedom from suffering. What goes along with this freedom, however, is a sense of ethics (the precepts) and development of interconnection with others. When I used to teach community college, I would often initiate discussions about freedom. What, I would ask, is your definition of freedom? Most of the time students would respond along the ...

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