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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 ...

México Corazón Sangrante (Un Poema de Olivia Donaji-De Pablo)

Ser valiente es mucho mas que alejarse de su patria... —Olivia Donaji-De Pablo "To be brave is much more to leave your own country...." is how this prose poem in Spanish by Olivia Donaji-De Pablo begins, an intimate reflection on the immense strength required of those who leave the country they grew up in. A sense of nostalgia pervades the text, a looking back at the poet's old life in México, alongside the ...

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Strike: The Best Kind Of Stealing?

In one scene of Disney's shockingly progressive movie musical Newsies (now adapted for the Broadway stage), which sets the New York City newsboys strike of 1899 to infectious song-and-dance numbers, two newsies have an illuminating exchange on the ethics of theft. David [with disdain]: Our dad taught us not to steal. Jack [dryly]: Yeah, well mine taught me not to starve, so I guess we both got an education. ...

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The Work of Mourning

It is hard to think of what to say on the theme of Stolen Land, Stolen Culture, Stolen Time when the country is still reeling from the bombings in Boston. At times like this, grief is natural. When something is irretrievably taken without permission, what eventually comes is mourning, if we let it come. As Derrida writes in The Work of Mourning: “[T]he world [is] suspended by some unique tear... reflecting ...

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Can We Change the World by Meditating? David Loy speaks in NorCal events

Did you dig David Loy's recent article for Turning Wheel Media, "Can Mindfulness Change a Corporation?" If you are in Northern California, you have several opportunities to study with David in person - see below for details or check out his full schedule. For in-depth exploration, check out his weekend retreat: Money Sex Fame War Karma: Personal and Social Transformation Esalen Institute in Big Sur CA May 3 ...

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Wages for Self Care: What Falls Apart When We Demand Compensation for Unpaid Reproductive Labor?

I spent $5,000 a year on therapy while I worked at a rape crisis center. My therapist got well over 10% of my income each year; a tithe to her painstaking work re-teaching me that it was safe to be mindful of my body, even in the face of devastating trauma. While my therapy work addressed my own past trauma, this trauma was violently yanked forward to the front of my consciousness from facing day after day ...

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Towards a Fifth Foundation of Mindfulness: Dhamma and Decolonization

Both dhamma practice and structured intellectual activity serve as decolonization practices for me. Some years back, when I was questioning the assumptions I had developed about my own dhamma practice, I entered a graduate program strongly informed by anti-colonial and post-colonial thinkers. To my surprise, the intellectual practices of these thinkers were extremely complementary to Theravadan Vipassana pr ...

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Love, Forgiveness, Expropriation: Brazil’s Landless Peasant Movement

A central question for me, as a Buddhist organizing for collective liberation from oppression, capitalism, and needless material suffering, is how to resist and reclaim in a spirit of love.  In a discussion here on Turning Wheel, seth nathanson raised an important point for discussion: I can understand the frustration. It seems like the rich are taking from everyone else, so in order to rectify the injustic ...

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Changing Positions: An Exchange on Buddhist Practice and Psychological Decolonization

By Josh Korda and Joshua Stephens Taken as set of interventions conducted on the self against conditioned, habitual ways of being, the correspondences between the Buddha's teaching, and practices accounted for in the literature of decolonization – both as a political project and a psychological process (particularly for those of us who are of the colonizer) – are manifold. Engaged dhamma practice is not – i ...

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Stealing in Reverse: The Economics of Generosity

In considering the second Buddhist precept of not stealing, it’s useful to also discuss the opposite of stealing—generosity (Pali: dana). In the Theravadan context, dana is an extremely important practice that helps the giver reflect on their values and develop a sense of goodwill, gratitude, and appreciation. The teaching of dhamma (dharma) is a kind of dana, offered freely without any expectation of payme ...

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A Kernel Of Truth: The Onion On Trickle-Up Economics

SAN DIEGO—Following seven straight years of long hours at the office and sacrificed weekends and holidays, all of account manager Sam Hemstead's hard work and single-minded devotion to Pinnacle Automotive Insurance has finally paid off for CEO Charles Pardahee, Pardahee said Friday. Beneath the many layers of The Onion's satirical journalism, there often lies a kernel of truth. (Do onions have kernels? Mayb ...

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