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A Roundabout Defense of the “Mandala Form” for the BPF National Gathering

A Roundabout Defense of the “Mandala Form” for the BPF National Gathering

NOTE: The recent Eco-Dharma Conference & Retreat at the Wonderwell Mounatin Refuge in Springfield, NH, featured a panel sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. After a vide ...

Revisiting the Middle Passage Pilgrimage: Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Filmmaker and “Pilgrims”

Revisiting the Middle Passage Pilgrimage: Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Filmmaker and “Pilgrims”

Hosted by Buddhist Peace Fellowship and East Bay Meditation Center SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014. 7 - 9:30 PM East Bay Meditation Center, 285 17th St., Oakland, CA 94612 Join us for th ...

The Four Noble Truths in Our World:  Truth #3: The Cessation of the Suffering of Caste

The Four Noble Truths in Our World: Truth #3: The Cessation of the Suffering of Caste

Can we imagine a world without caste? In positive terms, a social expression of nibbana might be the realization of a society in which each member can find fulfillment and be compl ...

Long Retreat Scholarships Available for Young People and People of Color

Long Retreat Scholarships Available for Young People and People of Color

Spirit Rock Meditation Center is offering an unprecedented number of scholarships for people of color and young people to attend the month-long and 2-month retreats in early 2015. ...

“Memory Is Political”: Storytelling, Movement Building, and the Third Noble Truth

“Memory Is Political”: Storytelling, Movement Building, and the Third Noble Truth

The question of the usefulness or non-relevance of “the story” is one of the great “both / ands” of living a Buddhist life. And, all human stories, descending from the most cosmic ...

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 ...

Practice in Transformative Action: Bay Area training program

Practice in Transformative 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 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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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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