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Apply Now! Block, Build, Be Retreat 2017

Apply Now! Block, Build, Be Retreat 2017

Go deeper into BPF's unique ecology of spirituality and social justice, in our 2nd annual Block, Build, Be leadership retreat: blocking harm and oppression, building new worlds, an ...

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

How can we find a sense of refuge in a world that keeps on changing? What does it mean to both accept the truth of change, and contribute to shaping change? And how can refuge supp ...

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

What do the Three Jewels of refuge look like in today's political world, as people become more desperate for safety? ...

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 ...

What are you prepared to do to resist climate change?

As the fight heats up this summer over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, are we prepared to stand up and say no to what’s been called "game over" for earth’s climate? BPF’s legacy, and our future, is one of Buddhists putting our bodies on the line, staying cool in the hot pressure cooker of direct action, drawing on spiritual wisdom and the depth of our practice. Through our connections together as a fello ...

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Welcome to a Month of: Decolonizing Our Sanghas

As we journey through our 2013 Buddhist activist curriculum, The System Stinks, we've been asking what the Five Precepts of Buddhist ethics might look like when applied at an institutional scale, for collective liberation. So far we've covered the Second Precept (not stealing) in "Stolen Land, Stolen Culture, Stolen Time;" the Third Precept (not engaging in sexual misconduct) in "Sex, Gender, Power;" and th ...

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Fierce and Wild Dandelions: Decolonization Through Loving the Weeds

“On the whole people might be better off if they threw away the crops they so tenderly raise and ate the weeds they spend so much time exterminating.” Euell Gibbons, Stalking the Wild Asparagus I have a fondness for weeds. For the forgotten, dismissed, and marginalized. Anyone who visits my garden in mid-summer probably wonders if I’ve let it go. And it’s true. I don’t tend to it all. The wild nettle patch ...

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By The Light of Buddha, I Navigate (my) Darkness

I seek refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. And to Siddhartha’s everlasting praise, I always find it. Oakland is a city that loves its street parties; the last one I went to was a spirited celebration of the Supreme Court’s striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act. Bouncing slightly to the familiar strains of Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family”, I was enthused watching the LGBT community enjoy t ...

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Sangha in a Capitalist Culture?

I have been following the engaged Buddhist blog of Harvey Daiho Hilbert for a few years now, and enjoy his short, clear posts on the dharma, social justice and service. Over the winter, he had a post  that caused me to pause. It was an announcement of the closing of his zendo, and end of the sangha as a non-profit institution. Given that he is still teaching and working with students, the decision could be ...

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The Failure of Now: How Eckhart Tolle Coddles the Status Quo and Why it Matters

The following is a combined version of two posts I wrote recently about Eckhart Tolle on my home blog. Given how popular Tolle is, even amongst Buddhist practitioners, I think it’s worthwhile to consider what he’s up to. Feel free to check out the original posts and the comments that followed. Fellow 21st Century Yoga contributer Be Scofield has a provocative, new essay out on the limitations of Eckhart Tol ...

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Hiring a Development Assistant at Buddhist Peace Fellowship

The Buddhist Peace Fellowship is hiring a Development Assistant for 6 months (through February 2014) to assist us with refining, systematizing, and coordinating development tasks as we move to a new donor relationship management system. The position will be 10–12 hours/week, based in the Bay Area/East Bay, with additional hours required during our heaviest donation processing months of December and January. ...

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Larger Than Keystone XL: On the Enbridge “Alberta Clipper” and Solidarity with Indigenous Communities

“We can’t continue to kill our planet, it is the only one we have,” shouted a man from the middle of a crowded meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. At issue was a large oil pipeline expansion. One that, if all its phases are completed, rivals the much more well known Keystone XL Pipeline. Just a few hours northwest of the site of the meeting, members of the Red Lake A ...

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URGENT: Call Today To Support A Hunger Striking Prisoner In Grave Danger

[Corcoran State Prison hunger strike solidarity rally, July 13.  All photos by BPF Co-Director Katie Loncke.] You may have already seen our Facebook post about the historic prisoner hunger strike happening now in California, where prisoners are risking health and repression to end torturous practices of solitary confinement. Yesterday we received the following urgent call to support one of the hunger strike ...

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The Genius of America, Or How the Ghosts of Colonialism Live in Me

I have been thinking a lot about collective addiction. The pervasiveness of society level intoxicants and delusions. How so much of modern life under globalization runs counter to the Buddhist precepts. This seems particularly true regarding the fifth precept of not taking intoxicants.  So many of us drunk on the belief that we are separate and above the rest of the natural world. So many of us drunk on the ...

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