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Burma’s Genocide: A Panel Discussion, Plus 5 Things You Can Do Right Now

Burma’s Genocide: A Panel Discussion, Plus 5 Things You Can Do Right Now

The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar has reached a tipping point. What can we do? BPF Board member Jess Benjamin reports back from a panel hosted by the Chicago Theological Seminary. ...

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 maternal grandfather was when Hitler rose to power ...

What’s My Role in the Revolution?

What’s My Role in the Revolution?

Have you ever wondered if you're doing enough, or doing the right things, to create true social and spiritual transformation? If so, it might be time to re-visit your role in the r ...

Rest in Power Aaron Lee, the Angry Asian Buddhist

Rest in Power Aaron Lee, the Angry Asian Buddhist

Aaron Lee, author of the blog Angry Asian Buddhist, died Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 34. BPF reflects on all we've learned, and continue to learn, from Arun’s clear ...

To Liberate All Beings from the Dukkha of Deportation

To Liberate All Beings from the Dukkha of Deportation

Last year, on November 8, a member of my chosen family deported himself to Mexico. Rodolfo's courage in fighting for migrant justice reminds me of the first vow of the Bodhisattva ...

Emergency Teach-In: Buddhists Wage Peace in Korea

Emergency Teach-In: Buddhists Wage Peace in Korea

You might have heard Trump’s “fire and fury” dick-swinging toward North Korea, risking nuclear escalation. Did you also know that Won Buddhists are playing a major role for peace o ...

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 matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a ...

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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price check: the cost of profit

upgrader at fort mcmurray, alberta, canada. clouds muted grey. they thickly curving into cumulus coughing out of the mouths of upgraders. they the forgotten particles of tar sands oil the food of our air. they the breath of hopelessness who were never meant to be exhaled. each steady stream of carbon dioxide released from upgraders— emissions three times greater than conventional oil— form into the season o ...

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5 Buddhist No-No’s At Political Protests

I take refuge in the Buddha, the dharma, and the sangha.  But sometimes, I admit, I feel a little ashamed to be Buddhist.  Some of those times involve mass political actions where Buddhists are present, visibly involved. (The above photo, despite Buddhist-seeming "WAKE UP" signs, is not actually Buddhist, but a BlackberryLtd-funded "protest" outside an Apple store in Australia. Again, not Buddhist, but an a ...

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Buddhists Hate Change

The Buddha’s teachings are filled with pointers and commentary about impermanence, the fleeting quality of life, and the opportunity each of us has to “wake up” because of this. Amongst the world’s major religions, Buddhism not only emphasizes change the most, but it appears to unabashedly embrace change. Upon Shakyamuni’s death, there was much sadness and pleading in the original sangha. However, there wer ...

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5 Fresh Ways You Can Sit To Change Shit

In storefronts, on street corners, outside voting booths or the doors of Goldman Sachs, we've seen Buddhists bring their half-lotus some unlikely places in the name of social engagement. Political sits "work" because juxtaposing an outward posture of (perceived) peace with strong political demands or direct action can shake up expectations and send a powerful message — while also reminding us to attend to i ...

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Spiritual Resistance in the “Fossil Fuel” Capital of the World

Today, Turning Wheel interviews two activists on the front lines of the Houston Tar Sands Blockade. Houston is of the two end point destinations for the Keystone XL Pipeline. It also is the headquarters of numerous oil and gas multinationals, including Halliburton and Phillips 66. As such, Houston offers a unique opportunity to both resist the tar sands, and also work to transform America's oil and gas indu ...

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from nature to destruction— a timetravel to no where.

i don't know if you all feel this way sometimes but sometimes, it feels as though i am transported to a time that i never existed in, a time when the humyn manipulation of nature wasn't synonymous with catastrophe. densely packed forests where they should be, desolate deserts where they should be, bees, rhinos and rivers where they should be. the time-body warp is circa pre-colonial. it's an epic feeling th ...

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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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