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We have failed

We have failed

We have failed Black boys and young Black men. Every last one of us has failed to end police killing of Black boys and men. [This was originally sent to BPF's 5000-person strong em ...

Sitting on #ShutItDown and Solidarity with Ferguson

Sitting on #ShutItDown and Solidarity with Ferguson

I'm sitting in my home in Oakland, California, meditating as police helicopters fly overhead. I am not at the protests demanding justice for Mike Brown, even though I live only a f ...

Gender Dysphoria and the Dharma

Gender Dysphoria and the Dharma

As a gender non-conforming person, I am prone to leaving my body, abandoning it, running away. Buddhist meditation helped me come back to a "buddha-nature drenched in flesh." ...

Right Anger and the Path to the End of Caste

Right Anger and the Path to the End of Caste

In the face of violence and brutality, we should develop "samma kodha" — Right Anger — for the sake of all beings. ...

A New Story of Us: Storytelling, Movement Building & the 4th Noble Truth

A New Story of Us: Storytelling, Movement Building & the 4th Noble Truth

"Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity." – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer ...

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Twelve-Fold Path of Social Transformation

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Twelve-Fold Path of Social Transformation

When it comes to the education of low-income students of color, mindfulness can easily mystify the structure of social oppression, shifting the analysis of school reform from the s ...

Towards Collective Liberation, or Why We Won’t Stop Talking About Racism

Towards Collective Liberation, or Why We Won’t Stop Talking About Racism

Race was a central theme at BPF’s National Gathering, with offerings like: The Invisible Majority: Will the Real Asian American Buddhist Please Stand Up? Revisiting the Middle Pass ...

“Only the Best” for Those Who Serve Our Country

“Only the Best” for those Who Serve Our Country: How the Broken Military-VA-Corporate-Legislative “Complex” Treats our Veterans by Joseph Bobrow The Fantasy of the Teflon Soldier The Army spent from $100M-$240M (estimates vary) on an unproven “resilience” program, Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF), whose complete lack of efficacy is demonstrated by the epidemic of suicides that only seems to rise more ala ...

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Harnessing Outrage & Compassion

Harnessing Outrage & Compassion: Awakening the Power of Nonviolence Fellowship of Reconciliation 55th Annual Northwest Regional Seabeck Conference Thursday July 4 – Sunday July 7, 2013 Seabeck, WA Let us know if you are planning to go! More information: http://www.wwfor.org/projects/seabeck-conference-2013/ ...

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Interdependent Co-arising and Institutionalized Ignorance

Interdependent co-arising (pratītyasamutpāda) is a a key Buddhist teaching most easily described as cause and effect, though it is not necessarily a linear chain of causation. It can be more accurately described as a network of multiple causes and conditions. It is commonly expressed as the following: This is, because that is. This is not, because that is not. This ceases to be, because that ceases to be. T ...

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Right Livelihood: Going Beyond Tokenization

by aneeta mitha feeling affirmed in my creativity, in my expression and in my being is an unfamiliar feeling to me; it is an act that i'm learning to do for myself and one that i'm learning to receive from others. as a desi queer womyn of radical descent, i hardly see myself reflected in the u.s. media—we are invisibilized and subjugated to the margins of exotic, token, or impossible. turning wheel media co ...

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Taking Right Livelihood to the Next Level

We are deeply interdependent. It’s almost a cliche to say here because it’s a fundamental premise of socially engaged Buddhism. Right Livelihood, the Eightfold Path’s fifth mindfulness training, is one of the clearest areas of practice with regard to interdependence and social justice. Thich Nhat Hanh has expanded the teaching on ethical conduct this way: Aware that great violence and injustice have been do ...

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Healing Moral Injuries Through Beloved Community

by Joseph Bobrow When people first asked what new methods we were using in The Coming Home Project, I would fumble and use words like unconditional acceptance, welcome and compassion. Eventually I came to call it unconditional love, and used the Judeo-Christian term, often employed by Martin Luther King, “beloved community.” It was unconditionality: non-judgmental, down to earth, responsive and non-sentimen ...

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Does Buddhism Need a New Story? David Loy at Seattle University

Evening Talk Does Buddhism Need a New Story? 7 PM Sat. June 15, 2013 Wyckoff Auditorium (Bannan Engineering Building) Seattle University Behind our ecological and economic crises there is a more basic problem: a defective story about who we are, what the world is and our role in it. We can’t simply replace this defective worldview with a traditional Buddhist one, but today a new story is beginning to emerge ...

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What is Nirvana? The Opposite of Apolitical.

I often find that Buddhist practitioners, especially if they're new to the path, hold a misconception that meditation will help them feel peaceful, blissful, and happy. This is also common among people who haven't tried Buddhist practices at all—hence the common usage of the word "zen" to refer to these qualities, as in "I'm feeling so zen." There's an associated assumption, that practicing Buddhism will he ...

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I Am a Writer Activist, and this is My Story

by Nathan G. Thompson I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember. My grade school assignments frequently included little titles, poems, or stories, regardless of the original content. Some of the teachers thought these additions were cute, while others were annoyed by them. Later, in high school, I began taking creative writing classes. The near consistent praise for my writing skills started rolling ...

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Right Livelihood for Creative Work at Turning Wheel Media

[button color="orange" link="http://www.buddhistpeacefellowship.org/contribute-to-right-livelihood/" size="medium" font="georgia" align="center"]DONATE NOW[/button] Turning Wheel Media emerges from the generous labor of many media makers. We include voices you know and love, and also help introduce a new wave of spiritual activists whose intersectional identities and revolutionary politics help us all think ...

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