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Make Meetings a Refuge

Make Meetings a Refuge

"Those might be the nicest things people have ever said to me," a BPF board member reflected sincerely as we closed our yearly board and staff retreat with a circle of appreciation ...

Refuge in the Truth of Change: Session 2 of Refuge & Resistance

Refuge in the Truth of Change: Session 2 of Refuge & Resistance

Welcome back to our January series on Refuge & Resistance! In case you missed it: Full intro here Session 1 here Session 2: Refuge in the Truth of Change In this second session ...

When MLK Jr. Rejected “Obnoxious Peace”

When MLK Jr. Rejected “Obnoxious Peace”

As an organization with "Peace" in our name, we are often misunderstood. On MLK Day, let's clarify some things. ...

Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge: Session 1 of Refuge & Resistance

Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge: Session 1 of Refuge & Resistance

Welcome to our January series on Refuge & Resistance! Full intro here. Session 1:   Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge In Buddhism, we take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and th ...

Start the New Year with Refuge & Resistance

Start the New Year with Refuge & Resistance

All beings deserve refuge, but oppression requires resistance. Can we do both? Welcome to our January 2017 series, brand-new from BPF. ...

Surviving Auschwitz, Resisting Trump, Staying Open

Surviving Auschwitz, Resisting Trump, Staying Open

This week visiting home, I'm pulled to revisit some family papers. Today, under Trump's ascendancy, I am the exact same age as my grandfather was in Austria, when Hitler rose to po ...

VIDEO, AUDIO, TRANSCRIPT: BPF Reportback from Standing Rock

VIDEO, AUDIO, TRANSCRIPT: BPF Reportback from Standing Rock

Just released! Hear from a diverse crew of BPFers who went to Standing Rock this fall in solidarity with indigenous leaders against the Dakota Access Pipeline -- including YiLing C ...

Member Phone Call with Debra White Plume, Harsha Walia, and Diana Pei Wu!

Continuing with this month's theme of Decolonizing Our Sanghas (an unusual, collective take on the Fifth Precept of Buddhist ethics), we are thrilled to announce that this month's BPF member phone call will host: The phenomenal Debra White Plume, leader of Owe Aku and Moccasins On The Ground.   White Plume leads trainings and tours on nonviolent direct actions to stop the tar sands and Keystone XL Pipeline. ...

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The Colonialist Lie of Personal Responsibilty

Get over it. Move on with your life. Stop wallowing in victimhood. These kind of blunt, snappy phrases sometimes get tossed around in Buddhist circles as dharma. Teachers desiring to jolt their students employ them, often with reminders about impermanence and the lack of a solid, fixed self. Others, regardless of status, hitch them to appeals to “be present in the now” and “let go of the past.” As far as ph ...

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Renouncing the “Colonial Self:” An Interview with Dharma Teacher Larry Yang

  Today, Turning Wheel interviews Larry Yang on the relationship between the dharma and American indigenous cultures, safety in our sanghas, and some of the challenges in making Buddhist communities more diverse. Larry Yang has been practicing meditation for more than 20 years and has worked extensively to bring meditation and Buddhist practice to multicultural communities in the West including communities ...

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Oil Soaked Bird Dharma

With every oil spill, there seems to come pictures of the birds. Oil soaked, with tattered wings. Some dead, but many alive. Struggling to breathe, trying desperately to flap their wings and fly away from it all.  I always think of the Exxon Valdez when these images appear. Pictures in the newspaper, and footage on TV news reports from that spill turned me into an environmentalist. At age 13. A painful awak ...

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Growing Our Spiritual Intellect

As we consider what it might mean to Decolonize Our Sanghas (continuing with this month's systemic take on the Fifth Precept of Buddhist ethics), I love imagining "spiritual intellect" as a capacity that we could strive to cultivate and offer as Buddhist activists. As aneeta mitha reports (in her photography series for BPF, on the fight against tar sands extraction and the Keystone XL Pipeline in Alberta, C ...

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Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang: “Decolonization Is Not A Metaphor”

Here at Turning Wheel Media, we've been thinking about Decolonizing Our Sanghas as a collective expression of the Fifth Precept of Buddhist ethics: avoiding intoxicants.  Dharma wisdom advises us to use sobriety, in part, to help ourselves observe the other four ethical guidelines that support a calm mind. [box type="info" color="#000" bg="#ffd700" font="tahoma" font size="20"] The Five Precepts Avoid killi ...

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The Price of Liberation is Eternal Vigilance

Today, I would like to examine the comments of someone who deeply disagrees with the work currently being done on Turning Wheel and at BPF.In doing so, I am not aiming to skewer the writer's personality, or deliberately fan the flames. It strikes me that it's really important to keep an ear open to our critics. To listen for teachings and points of agreement that may lay beneath. This is the spirit in which ...

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Decolonize Enlightenment

By Belinda Griswold But do not ask me where I am going, As I travel in this limitless world, Where every step I take is my home. - Dogen Practicing the Buddhadharma is simple, not easy, as the old saying goes. Part of the “not easy” side of the equation is learning to trust our own understanding of the awakening process, both as individual practitioners and as communities of awakening. For me, the biggest, ...

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“We Are at a Crossroads in Our Culture:” An Interview with Lakota Activist Troy Amlee

Troy Amlee, also known as White Horse Warrior of the White Horse Riders Warrior Society, is a Lakota activist living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is Lakota/Dakota part Santee, Teton, and Hunkpapa from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, and also half Norweigan. He works on a number of issues surrounding Indian country and beyond, including stopping the Enbridge Pipeline with Idle No More, Language and Cu ...

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Call For Submissions: Getting Real About Nonviolence

Although Buddhist Peace Fellowship was founded with principles of non-violence at its core, what does that really mean?  In a society riven with systemic violence, what is the collective meaning of the First Precept of Buddhist ethics, a vow not to kill? Non-violence isn't the way just because the Buddha, or our esteemed teachers, say it is. What matters today is the practical effects of our philosophy of n ...

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