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Now Open! BPF Gathering Aug 29-31, 2014

Now Open! BPF Gathering Aug 29-31, 2014

BPF National Gathering August 29–31, Oakland, California [divide style="2"] Send us your Mandala Form before May 16th to qualify for Early Bird discounts! (a limited number of scho ...

Meet Todd: Buddhist, Trucker, Organizer.

Meet Todd: Buddhist, Trucker, Organizer.

Todd felt that “inner nudge.” You know the one. The one suggesting, then demanding, that you practice peace beyond the meditation cushion. The one longing for a community that beli ...

How We Caused (and perpetuate) the African Homophobia we now Decry

How We Caused (and perpetuate) the African Homophobia we now Decry

How We Caused (and perpetuate) the African Homophobia we now Decry   [divide style="2"] Transcript forthcoming — TWM apologizes for the delay and thanks you for your patience! ...

What Would the Buddha Do?

What Would the Buddha Do?

"David Loy's new blog pulls no punches. Jumping off from the recent IPCC climate disruption report, he engages us deeply with the profound questions of whether and how Buddhadharma ...

What We Ignore Makes Us Ignorant

What We Ignore Makes Us Ignorant

  Storytelling, Movement Building, and the Second Noble Truth By Mushim Ikeda [divide] We were taking an easy family hike in Tilden Park, in the hills above Berkeley, California, a ...

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Second Noble Truth

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Second Noble Truth

[Editor's Note: If you, like us, are thirsting for more socially grounded perspectives on Dharma, you can help Zenju get her beautiful, boldly peaceful meditation center, Still Bre ...

How We Show Up: Storytelling, Movement Building, and the First Noble Truth

How We Show Up: Storytelling, Movement Building, and the First Noble Truth

For me, there’s an often missing and crucial piece of the puzzle in socially engaged Buddhist dialogues, both in person and especially in online dialogues where we express our view ...

What With Merely Being

What with red roses And lilies As they are And as they Will be— Those damn Flowers Merely being; And what with Poets left with what To do about that, All that language Flying by Unthought, Unthinking. Or not. What with poets Grabbing a hand- Full and thinking About it. And then There’s the flowers. Photo credit: Katrien Cattoor ----- About the Author: Rev. Dr. David Breeden has an MFA from The Iowa Writers’ ...

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2013 Conference of Engaged Buddhists and Liberation Theologians

Ever get that fist-pump gleeful feeling from buying a great used book, and then finding twenty bucks tucked between the pages?  On a spiritual level, this is how I felt this morning about an upcoming April conference at the Union Theological Seminary in New York: "Enlightenment and Liberation: Engaged Buddhists and Liberation Theologians in Dialogue."  I registered for it before I even knew that Dr. Cornel ...

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“Mindful Eating In A Fast-Food Culture?” (VIDEO)

Remember back when we asked you to send us a video of your Big Question for other engaged and political Buddhists?  Some wonderful responses wound up in our System Stinks video, and just the other day we received this bonus-surprise from one of our favorite Turning Wheel contributors.  We have such political-Buddhists crushes on you people.  Enjoy, BPFers, and we'll see you on Monday! ...

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Award-Winning Thai School: Green, Buddhist, and Private

"Life is deeper and richer than working in order to consume." So proclaims the promotional material for Panyaden, a new private elementary school in northern Thailand that combines Buddhist teachings and ecological knowledge in a half-Thai half-English education.  Highlighted recently on The Buddhist Channel, Panyaden is a fascinating effort to create holistic, Buddhist schooling that includes teaching chil ...

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We Have A Winner! 2013 Cover Art Contest

Congratulations to Andrew Cardoza, the new official cover artist for BPF's "The System Stinks" and winner of a $125 stipend!  We love the way your illustration for The Lies That Build Empire expresses the eerie greed and delusion inherent in the systemic myths of total class mobility and materialistic individualism. We look forward to featuring Andrew's illustrations on the PDF packets for each of our five ...

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Are Justice and Enlightenment Incompatible? The Yoga Journal / Hyatt Controversy

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase each other doesn't make any sense. From Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks* Yoga Journal's recent decision to hold a conference at the SF Hyatt Regency, despite an ongoing union-led boycott of the hotel chain, has prom ...

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Dharma Teacher MLK

Over the last fifteen years I have studied Martin Luther King Jr. — reading his sermons and speeches, examining his actions and strategies, and mourning his loss. We need him now more than ever. As much as any person of the 20th Century, he has been a dharma teacher for me. … I’m not talking about the King of postage stamps, sound bites, and carefully edited dreams.  In the forty-odd years since his assassi ...

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Open Letter From A Buddhist On Death Row

The Clear View Blog (a site for "Engaged Buddhism and Beyond") has published a thoughtful open letter from Buddhist author and death row inmate Jarvis Jay Masters. An Open Letter on California’s Proposition 34 — “SAFE California”— to Death Penalty Focus from Jarvis Jay Masters, an innocent man on San Quentin’s Death Row The 2012 election is over, with its victories, defeats, candidates, and propositions.  C ...

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Loneliness Stinks. Studying Together Can Help

It can be lonely out there for political activists grounded in a spiritual practice that sometimes gets pigeonholed as too “woo” for revolutionaries. Also lonely are we spiritual seekers who find the meditation cushion just isn’t enough for the liberation of all beings. That’s why it’s so refreshing to find those spaces where, those people with whom, we can bring our fuller selves. This year, as part of The ...

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Compassionately Confronting Rape Culture: Steubenville, Ohio

By now you've probably heard about the high school football rape scandal in Steubenville, Ohio.  The case garnered national and international attention when hacktivist group Anonymous interceded in what appeared to be a cover-up: leaking horrifying Twitter posts and video created by current and former football players the night of the alleged rape. Demonstrations in Steubenville have since drawn thousands o ...

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