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Our Social Movements Need More Movement!

Our Social Movements Need More Movement!

A little over a week ago, I co-taught a workshop with Mushim Patricia Ikeda at the Buddhist Peace Fellowship's National Gathering entitled "Movement for Right Action: Yoga for Soci ...

Buddhists Blockade Hotel to Protest Police-Military Training

Buddhists Blockade Hotel to Protest Police-Military Training

Buddhist Peace Fellowship and allies decided to stage a group meditation blockading the doors of a Marriott Hotel in Oakland, California. The reason? Police violence and institutio ...

#3: In this Moment: When Suffering Ceases for Queer Africa

#3: In this Moment: When Suffering Ceases for Queer Africa

In my first video-essay, “The Dukkha of Loving Others: Homophobia in Africa,” I discussed how the recent rise in state-sponsored homophobia harms all Africans: those who identify a ...

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. ...

Qallunology 101: A Lesson Plan for the Non-Indigenous

Cease to do evil, then learn to do good By Derek Rasmussen (thanks to Dru Oja Jay for editing help) Indigenous people are at the front lines of some of the largest environmental battles of the current era, from tar sands in Alberta to rainforests in the Amazon. Naturally, some non-Indigenous people want to help out. The well-intentioned and progressive point of view seems often to be, "we need to understand ...

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Call For Submissions: Sex, Gender, Power

Native American feminist scholar and activist Andrea Smith argues, “In order to colonize peoples whose societies are not based on social hierarchy, colonizers must first naturalize hierarchy through instituting patriarchy.” In the third installment of The System Stinks, a systemic look at the Five Precepts of Buddhist ethical conduct, we’re facing the ways in which hierarchies of sexuality and gender have b ...

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Everything is Stolen, What Now?

Like many who grew up in a settler colony such as the United States, I didn't really know what it meant to live on stolen land until I made it my business to find out. Ironically, those who benefit from conquest are often ignorant of the blood under their feet, and the privileges they have as a result. I grew up in occupied Lenape territory, lived in occupied Ohlone territory for many years, and currently l ...

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Mi Corazón no es ilegal! (Un Poema de Olivia Donaji-De Pablo)

Hello dear TWM readers, and welcome to an April of studying institutionalized theft!  During our year-long, crowdsourced curriculum The System Stinks, we're taking an unusual, systemic look at the Five Precepts of Buddhist ethics.  This month, it's all about the Second Precept: often translated as "I vow to abstain from stealing," and also understood as an invitation to practice generosity. Practicing gener ...

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Multi-Dimensional Activista Juggernautva™: Claim Yours!

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Pilgrimages: Walking With Your Demons

In early 2001 I took part in a very small slice of an interfaith walking pilgrimage to twenty-two prisons and jails in California, the 500-mile California Prison Dharma Walk. It started in Oakland and went first to San Quentin State Prison, and wound inland through Fresno, Riverside, and Los Angeles, eventually ending at Lompoc Federal Correctional Complex. My brief participation was in the trek to San Quen ...

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On Finding An Appropriate Response to Climate Change

A monk asked Yun Men, “What are the teachings of a whole lifetime?” Yun Men said, “An appropriate response.” The Compassionate Earth Walk traces the Keystone XL route through the Great Plains. The ancient practice of pilgrimage responds to present and future environmental catastrophe, focusing on its causes in our own culture. We walk as a blessing to the earth and to those we meet, and as a prayer for all ...

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Fighting for Same-Sex Marriage, Divorcing State-Sanctioned Marriage

While we await the results of the US Supreme Court's consideration of "same-sex marriage," I find myself wondering why, in order for a marriage to be considered legitimate, it has to be sanctioned by a government. Why should a private relationship between people be subject to a political thumbs up or down? Since the US is a basically a culturally Christian society, it’s worth looking back at how it all happ ...

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Impermanence: The Art of Charwei Tsai

I have to admit that I don’t often encounter modern Buddhist art or poetry that I like. It’s hard to convey the insights and experiences of dhamma practice in conventional terms without relying on cliche. This is something that often happens with “spiritual” art. When I do find Buddhist art I like, it’s grounded in practical social issues, or everyday material experiences, without pretense. This is why I li ...

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Horrors of War, Powers of Compassion

(Warning: graphic images. Photo credits Dr Samira Alani/Al Jazeera.) As Buddhists engaged in the political realm, we try to remain open yet solid.  "Not Turning Away."  In describing her teacher in the Zen tradition, one of our BPF Board members writes, "What inspires me most is his imperturbability.  He feels deeply, yet is not shocked or rattled off center." At 4 a.m. this morning, I was, I confess, leani ...

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