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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 ...

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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Now Available To Members! First PDF of The System Stinks

It's here!  Volume 1 of The System Stinks curriculum.  Featuring discussion questions for selected media that we've featured here on Turning Wheel over the past month, plus two "classic texts" from Andrea Smith and Arundhati Roy, and practices you can do at home. After the richness of last night's phone call with Tendor and Joshua Eaton (recording and transcript forthcoming — thanks in advance to our awesom ...

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Do Police and Prisons Make Us Safer?

Morning, BPFers!  It's our last day of the month of Lies That Build Empire — can't believe it's already over.  We were holding out hope for certain pieces to come through today, but the writers need more time, and / or what they made will be better suited to feature later.  No big deal.  But we didn't want to end the month without questioning this potential big Lie: is it true that police and prisons, as in ...

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Crossing (Bridge)

As our month of Lies That Build Empire draws to a close, we wanted to share with you one of our favorite submissions for the Cover Art Contest we held last year for The System Stinks. Nigel Smith has generously offered to let us showcase his paintings: this one called "Crossing (Bridge)." [divide style="2"] Nigel Smith works mostly in oils although his practice also encompasses photography and Photoshop wor ...

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“My Lover, Monsanto” and Other Poems

My Lover, Monsanto   My lover, Monsanto, who owns the garden who does me well by choosing the seeds, is out in the fields, sweeping the dead away so that our love can grow some more. Who owns the garden? my lover, Monsanto, who is out in the fields poisoning the soil so the food will grow. Who does me well? my lover Monsanto of course, who is out in the fields as I lie here in waiting for the August wi ...

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The Fraud of Jobs

by Stephen Fortunato Lies abound. There are the mostly benign “white lies” of the insincere compliment or the fabrication to avoid a social obligation, and there are the grander and more poisonous ones that can shape and undergird an entire political culture, or at least its dominant class. Some lies eventually assume the status of myth or religious doctrine: for example, the United States is always a force ...

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Arundhati Roy on the Deceptiveness of Development

Not content to merely debunk "Lies That Build Empire," Arundhati Roy transforms that imperialist bunk into material for gripping storytelling.  Her research and masterful writing on India's ongoing economic development raises powerful questions about the myth of progress: who benefits from development, whose lives are destroyed, and who decides to resist the "advancement" that is actually immiserating milli ...

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