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Practice in Transformation Action: Bay Area training program

Practice in Transformation Action: Bay Area training program

Mushim Ikeda, contributor to BPF's The System Stinks curriculum, is launching another year of the Practice in Transformative Action (PiTA 2) yearlong program at East Bay Meditation ...

BPF Summer Gathering Schedule

BPF Summer Gathering Schedule

The BPF Summer Gathering will bring together Buddhists and activists from over 20 states and multiple countries, for dialogues, meditation, and training in nonviolent direct action ...

ACTION ALERT: This Workers’ Center Was Told To Cut Ties With Marriage Equality Allies, Or Lose $75,000. Show Them They Did The Right Thing.

ACTION ALERT: This Workers’ Center Was Told To Cut Ties With Marriage Equality Allies, Or Lose $75,000. Show Them They Did The Right Thing.

"In this place, everyone is welcome." These were the words of Romeo Sosa, the Executive Director of VOZ this week, in front of the small trailer in southeast Portland, Oregon, wher ...

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Third Noble Truth and the Possibility of Collective Liberation

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Third Noble Truth and the Possibility of Collective Liberation

[TRIGGER WARNING: This post contains information that may be disturbing to survivors of sexual assault.]   “For Warmth” by Thich Nhat Hanh (from Zen Poems)   I hold my fa ...

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and The Third Noble Truth

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and The Third Noble Truth

“Great is the matter of birth and death, quickly passing, passing, gone. Awake, awake, each one, awake. Don’t waste this life.” This is the message written on the Han, a wooden ins ...

Hoping To Survive In Gaza

Hoping To Survive In Gaza

“I don't know what else to say. I think we are going to die. It makes me sad that I cannot protect the child I made, I can't protect him from these missiles. I just can't. I don't ...

Interview: Lizandra Vidal, Ayiti Yoga

Interview: Lizandra Vidal, Ayiti Yoga

Lizandra Vidal and I did our yoga teacher training together back in 2011, in Washington, DC. I'm very excited to have reconnected with her and learn what she's up to — teaching yog ...

Seceding from Capitalism

For the many years Sue Moon served as editor of Turning Wheel, the magazine was known for being interested in personal story as an entry point to understanding the 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows of the world we live in. Telling our stories to each other is healing; we feel not so alone in our suffering. In telling our stories, we begin to recognize that our lives are not entirely of our own making (yet anot ...

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Right Speech: No Human Being is Illegal

The White House has proposed a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants that amounts to a stop-gap measure, offering a way forward for some but stopping short of true reform of the immigration system. It does nothing to outline a process for the future, much like the Clinton-era 'amnesty bill.' This is likely a compromise to please some advocates and drum up goodwill, but is sure to frustrate many on ...

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“This Year In The Gatherings At The River”

"Old log in the river (see face?)" By pjsixft ("PJ") We had intended to share this poem last month, during The Lies That Build Empire, but due to a mixup on our part, it slipped through the cracks. In a way, I'm glad for the new timing. Following last night's episode in Brooklyn, when New York City police shot and killed a sixteen-year-old black boy (spurring the neighborhood to protest), Lawrence's poem is ...

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Seeing Ourselves in Chris Dorner

What role, if any, does violence have in social change? This is a loaded question that needs careful dissection, starting with what we mean by violence. Last month the internet and mass media was lit up with news and conjectures about former US Navy reservist and ex-LAPD cop Chris Dorner, who went on a Southern California revenge killing spree. While most of course condemned his murder of LAPD family member ...

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Burma Human Rights Day Benefit: March 9 in Oakland

Where are Burma's reforms going? What can you do to help? Since last year, the U.S. has been warming up its relationship with Burma and lifting the sanctions in recognition of the ongoing reforms. President Obama paid a historic visit to the country last November. However, there are serious challenges and concerns as the military and their cronies are still firmly in control of the country's political and e ...

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Join Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, David Loy, and Others Pledging Pipeline Resistance

As BPFer Taigen Dan Leighton mentioned in his climate change rally reportback, the decision to approve or stop the Keystone XL pipeline's construction on US soil rests entirely in the hands of one person: President Obama.  Congress does not have a say.  But perhaps we, the people in the US, do. That is, if we're willing to take some risks and make some sacrifices. As the fateful Executive choice approaches, ...

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The Violence Against Women Act as Loving-Kindness

Last month was Saint Valentine’s day, a perfect day to reflect on the multi-dimensional feeling called love. There are many legends about Saint Valentine, but my favorite is that he refused the Roman Emperor’s ban on marriages, implemented due to the imperial fear that married soldiers would not fight in the battlefield. To me, this legend says something about the value of love regardless of state sanction ...

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Way-Seeking Mind – Guest Editor Kenji Liu

As a teen, my first explicit encounter with Buddhism was in an independent bookstore on Philadelphia’s South Street. The stern, grey, hardcover of Suzuki Roshi’s Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind came back with me to central New Jersey where I muddled through its pages. I sat on my room’s hardwood floor and tried to figure out what he meant by holding oneself upright and relaxed, what I was supposed to do with my h ...

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Reminder, March 15 Deadline: “Stolen Land, Stolen Culture, Stolen Time”

Reminder, everyone!  The System Stinks conversation is on a roll as we begin to think more structurally about peace and conflict, studying some of the Lies That Build Empire.  But we're just getting started.  Next up, we'll be taking a systemic look at theft.  (The image above, from a "modern and sophisticated" jewelry line, gives just one example of cultural commodification that can happen when all things ...

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Who Do You Protect? Who Do You Serve?

As dedicated peacemakers, we know that racism obstructs and poisons the justice and peace we hope to manifest in our world.  Racism as expressed through the criminal justice system poses a clear and present danger to the well-being of black, Latin@, Muslim, indigenous, gender-nonconforming, and other targeted groups in the US.  Continuing our conversation of last week, about the ways that police do and don' ...

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