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Announcing: 2017 Soma Award Winners

Announcing: 2017 Soma Award Winners

Bringing together the deep streams of Buddhist wisdom and organizing for social change, it is our honor to offer awards of $2,000 to 7 activists influenced by Buddhism. ...

Lineage of Resistance: When Asian American Buddhists Confront White Supremacy

Lineage of Resistance: When Asian American Buddhists Confront White Supremacy

25 years ago, a Japanese-American Reverend wrote a letter naming white supremacy in a famous Buddhist magazine. His letter went unpublished, until now. ...

Now Hiring: Buddhist Peace Fellowship Seeks Development Director

Now Hiring: Buddhist Peace Fellowship Seeks Development Director

Do you excel in Development and seek to transform toward just, life-giving economic systems? ...

Awakening Together with Integrity

Awakening Together with Integrity

BY LARRY YANG Often when we speak of the term “Mindfulness” there is a key component missing among its usefulness. What is often not addressed or explored is the aspect of mindfuln ...

New: $2,000 Soma Award

New: $2,000 Soma Award

Presenting the Soma Award: $2,000 for 5 activists whose outstanding work in social justice has been meaningfully influenced by Buddhism. Apply by April 28. ...

U Mad? Wisdom for Rageful Times

U Mad? Wisdom for Rageful Times

Screaming at your phone silently? Or not so silently? Join our 6-week web curriculum with spiritual and political wisdom on anger, rage, and betrayal. ...

Apply Now! Block, Build, Be Retreat 2017

Apply Now! Block, Build, Be Retreat 2017

Go deeper into BPF's unique ecology of spirituality and social justice, in our 2nd annual Block, Build, Be leadership retreat: blocking harm and oppression, building new worlds, an ...

Happy Friday; May You Enjoy A Weekend of Wisdom

Sorry about the lack of a real post today, BPFers: the weekend caught up with us.   Will make it up to you with more on Syria, Buddhist anarchism, creative nonviolent organizing, Buddhist Global Relief, and other BPF essentials. Enjoy your weekend; may it be fruitful; may we celebrate wisdom, for the benefit of all beings. ...

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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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