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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 can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity." – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer ...

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Twelve-Fold Path of Social Transformation

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Twelve-Fold Path of Social Transformation

When it comes to the education of low-income students of color, mindfulness can easily mystify the structure of social oppression, shifting the analysis of school reform from the s ...

Towards Collective Liberation, or Why We Won’t Stop Talking About Racism

Towards Collective Liberation, or Why We Won’t Stop Talking About Racism

Race was a central theme at BPF’s National Gathering, with offerings like: The Invisible Majority: Will the Real Asian American Buddhist Please Stand Up? Revisiting the Middle Pass ...

BPF Goes Off The Cushion with Rev. Danny Fisher

BPF Goes Off The Cushion with Rev. Danny Fisher

Don't miss Episode #3 of Danny Fisher's new Buddhist podcast series, "Off the Cushion!" Danny asks BPF's Co-Directors Dawn Haney and Katie Loncke about issues of structural racism ...

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Fourth Noble Truth

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Fourth Noble Truth

We are constantly yearning for peace and harmony. Yet, the transformation requires us to destroy a life system that we depend upon — a system that is artificially bound together by ...

Embody Fierce Compassion: Buddhists at the People’s Climate March

Embody Fierce Compassion: Buddhists at the People’s Climate March

For many years, the two preoccupations of my life, “meditation practice” and “environmental science”, were two streams that ran parallel to each other. ...

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 ...

Love, Forgiveness, Expropriation: Brazil’s Landless Peasant Movement

A central question for me, as a Buddhist organizing for collective liberation from oppression, capitalism, and needless material suffering, is how to resist and reclaim in a spirit of love.  In a discussion here on Turning Wheel, seth nathanson raised an important point for discussion: I can understand the frustration. It seems like the rich are taking from everyone else, so in order to rectify the injustic ...

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Changing Positions: An Exchange on Buddhist Practice and Psychological Decolonization

By Josh Korda and Joshua Stephens Taken as set of interventions conducted on the self against conditioned, habitual ways of being, the correspondences between the Buddha's teaching, and practices accounted for in the literature of decolonization – both as a political project and a psychological process (particularly for those of us who are of the colonizer) – are manifold. Engaged dhamma practice is not – i ...

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Stealing in Reverse: The Economics of Generosity

In considering the second Buddhist precept of not stealing, it’s useful to also discuss the opposite of stealing—generosity (Pali: dana). In the Theravadan context, dana is an extremely important practice that helps the giver reflect on their values and develop a sense of goodwill, gratitude, and appreciation. The teaching of dhamma (dharma) is a kind of dana, offered freely without any expectation of payme ...

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A Kernel Of Truth: The Onion On Trickle-Up Economics

SAN DIEGO—Following seven straight years of long hours at the office and sacrificed weekends and holidays, all of account manager Sam Hemstead's hard work and single-minded devotion to Pinnacle Automotive Insurance has finally paid off for CEO Charles Pardahee, Pardahee said Friday. Beneath the many layers of The Onion's satirical journalism, there often lies a kernel of truth. (Do onions have kernels? Mayb ...

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Capitalists Want You To Be Happy: Self-Improvement and Exploitation

Since we’re looking at Stolen Lands, Stolen Culture, Stolen Time this month at Turning Wheel, it’s worthwhile to examine capitalism. What is the fundamental mechanism that allows capitalists to accumulate wealth? It seems like every week we hear another outrageous story of skyrocketing corporate profits while many of the rest of us struggle or worry about basic needs. While some of these newsworthy profits ...

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The Stinkiest Stealing is Legal: Three Top Ten Lists

By Jeff Gee A. Top Ten Forms of Illegal Theft Grand Theft Auto Home and Office Burglary Cheating on Taxes Shoplifting from Department Stores Embezzlement Pickpocketing Pirating DVDs Swiping Office Supplies Calling In Sick When You’re Really Not Stealing the Little Kid’s Lunch Money These are crimes we commit against each other. They hurt the perpetrator as well as the victim. B. Top Ten Forms of Legal Larce ...

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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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