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5 Responses to the Awkwardly Titled “New Face of Buddhism”

5 Responses to the Awkwardly Titled “New Face of Buddhism”

Reflections on the pitfalls of a Buddhist makeover. 5 BPFers — Funie Hsu, Kate Johnson, Dedunu Sylvia, Katie Loncke, and The Angry Asian Buddhist himself — respond. ...

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Buddhadharma

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Buddhadharma

Wisdom from revolutionary Grace Lee Boggs: "Real wealth is not the possession of property, but the recognition that our deepest need, as human beings, ...

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Affordable Housing

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Affordable Housing

Can nonviolent direct action help stop gentrification and displacement in its tracks? In one town shaken by a housing crises, a fight to stop luxury condo construction turned into ...

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Racial Justice

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Racial Justice

Dismantling racism takes both inner and outer work. What has BPF been up to in 2015 for racial justice? ...

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Gun Violence

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Gun Violence

How have Buddhist Peace Fellowship members shown up around gun violence in 2015? Check out just a couple of examples... ...

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Climate Change

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Climate Change

It's been a busy year for BPF! This week we look at 5 major areas we tackled in our interconnected efforts for collective liberation. ...

BPF Among 14 Faith Leaders Arrested in Solidarity Action with 14 #BlackLivesMatter Activists

BPF Among 14 Faith Leaders Arrested in Solidarity Action with 14 #BlackLivesMatter Activists

BPFers join other interfaith leaders to support the Black Friday 14 in Oakland, CA: a group of Black Lives Matter activists including BLM co-founder Alicia Garza. ...

Third Gender (A Poem)

Third Gender   1   I remember when I turned my last skirt into a tablecloth because I only wanted to be one gender now and it was not girl. I remember when everything changed– I turned the tablecloth back into a skirt.   2   The red purse was the last present my mother ever gave me. I hid it under the bed and then I got sober and she went into a coma. It was easier to look like a girl wh ...

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Being Well-Adjusted is Not the Goal

Unexpected things happen in your brain when you’re on an extended silent meditation retreat. For example, sometimes I see issues about sexuality and body image rise in my mind. I’ve realized over time that what mindfulness helps with is practicing a new approach to the self, one that doesn’t surveil for conformity to dominant norms. In other posts I’ve called mindfulness a decolonization practice. Michel Fo ...

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Building Patriarchy on the Fields of Alaya

by Nancy Thompson I remember being in religious instruction in second grade and wondering whether Jesus had, in fact, died for my sins since everything was about men; he was a fisher of men, he redeemed man’s sins. I asked the teacher, who explained that women were included under the umbrella of “man.” I was not convinced. As I grew up, I became less convinced about the validity of much of what the Roman Ca ...

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“Bad Apples?” Buddhist Commodities and Power Relations

Power and Privilege In a letter recounting a sexually abusive relationship which involved a well-known Buddhist teacher and one of his female students, the following phrase was used. “You should have mentioned this privately.”   The teacher was rebuking the student for making the situation public. That phrase points directly to the problems inherent in many Buddhist sanghas in the “West” (for want of a ...

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Anti-Patriarchal Politics and Discernment: Discipline as Freedom

Duke Ching of Chi asked Confucius about government. Confucius replied, “Let the ruler be a ruler, minister be a minister, father be a father, son be a son.” The Duke said, “Excellent! Indeed, if the ruler is not a ruler, the ministers not ministers, fathers not fathers and sons not sons, even if I have food, how can I eat it?” —Confucius, Analects (Book 12, Chapter 11), 500 BCE Many Buddhists come from Conf ...

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Out-Organizing Patriarchy, or: Buddhist Strategies For Existing Politically In A Mini-dress

Feminism is about politics, not a one-size-fits-all uniform. —Janell Hobson, Ms. magazine writer, in Policing Feminism: Regulating the Bodies of Women of Color Some would say it's my fault, for wearing a dress like that to a political action. How do you expect to be taken seriously? (And, from certain older feminists): We fought to be seen as more than sex objects.  How can you throw away that progress? Und ...

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The Influence of Orientalism on US Buddhism

“The mercy of the West has been social revolution; the mercy of the East has been individual insight into the basic self/void.” —Gary Snyder, 1961 In contemplating Gary Snyder’s essay “Buddhist Anarchism” for my previous post on Turning Wheel Media, I came across the above phrase, which stuck out to me like a sore thumb. As an Asian American cultural critic and Buddhist practitioner, I have a finely tuned r ...

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What’s Wrong With Sex? A Buddhist Perspective

Scholar and Zen teacher David Loy looks at historical clues from the Buddha's time to ask: what's up with all this sex-negativity? As Buddhism infiltrates the West, one of the important and interesting points of contention is sexuality. Buddhism in Asia has been largely a cultural force for celibacy (among monastics) and sexual restraint, so how is Western Buddhism adapting to the sexual revolution? Today ma ...

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Revisiting Buddhist Anarchism

I’ve been revisiting Buddhist anarchism lately, the strain of socially engaged Buddhism that some foundational Buddhist Peace Fellowship movers and shakers were associated with in some form. Like any religion, Buddhism's tenets and teachings can be interpreted in many ways, including in the anti-state and anti-capitalist direction. In other posts I have indicated that some interpretations of Buddhism have l ...

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Call For Submissions: Decolonizing Our Sanghas

In the words of Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, "Buddhism, with its non-theistic framework, grounds its ethics not on the notion of obedience, but on that of harmony." On the individual level, the teetotaling Fifth Precept of Buddhism, a training to abstain from taking intoxicants, is meant not in a moralizing way, but as a practice to help us avoid unnecessary disturbances and disharmony of the mind. “Intoxicants are ...

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