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Burma’s Genocide: A Panel Discussion, Plus 5 Things You Can Do Right Now

Burma’s Genocide: A Panel Discussion, Plus 5 Things You Can Do Right Now

The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar has reached a tipping point. What can we do? BPF Board member Jess Benjamin reports back from a panel hosted by the Chicago Theological Seminary. ...

Surviving Auschwitz, Resisting Trump, Staying Open

Surviving Auschwitz, Resisting Trump, Staying Open

This week visiting home, I’m pulled to revisit some family papers. Today, under Trump’s ascendancy, I am the exact same age as my maternal grandfather was when Hitler rose to power ...

What’s My Role in the Revolution?

What’s My Role in the Revolution?

Have you ever wondered if you're doing enough, or doing the right things, to create true social and spiritual transformation? If so, it might be time to re-visit your role in the r ...

Rest in Power Aaron Lee, the Angry Asian Buddhist

Rest in Power Aaron Lee, the Angry Asian Buddhist

Aaron Lee, author of the blog Angry Asian Buddhist, died Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 34. BPF reflects on all we've learned, and continue to learn, from Arun’s clear ...

To Liberate All Beings from the Dukkha of Deportation

To Liberate All Beings from the Dukkha of Deportation

Last year, on November 8, a member of my chosen family deported himself to Mexico. Rodolfo's courage in fighting for migrant justice reminds me of the first vow of the Bodhisattva ...

Emergency Teach-In: Buddhists Wage Peace in Korea

Emergency Teach-In: Buddhists Wage Peace in Korea

You might have heard Trump’s “fire and fury” dick-swinging toward North Korea, risking nuclear escalation. Did you also know that Won Buddhists are playing a major role for peace o ...

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 matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a ...

Bringing Peace and Reconciliation to Burma

Burma’s President Thein Sein is currently on a tour of European nations. While public speeches have focused on Burma’s poor human rights track record, and it’s recent government reforms, it’s difficult to ignore the behind the scenes emphasis on trade and increased military ties. During interviews in Britain, President Thein Sein promised “zero tolerance” towards violence, calling Burma a “multi-cultural, m ...

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The 969 Movement and Burmese Anti-Muslim Nationalism in Context

A few weeks ago, Time magazine put out an issue with the provocative cover image above of Burmese monk Bhikkhu Wirathu, the leader of the ultra-nationalist 969 Movement. The linking of Wirathu’s image with terrorism has sparked a variety of responses, a few of which I will share with you all today. Before doing so, however, I would like to briefly cover the 969 Movement and general conditions folks are faci ...

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Burma on Fire: What’s Behind the Current Conflict Between Buddhists and Muslims?

From BPF's Co-Directors: It is with heavy hearts that we have followed the news of ongoing Buddhist nationalist violence against Muslims in Myanmar/Burma.  Many have asked, quite understandably, why we have remained silent.  Other prominent Buddhists are speaking out — why not BPF?  To put it simply: we have been waiting, looking, to hear from Buddhists on the ground in Burma, organizing their own interfait ...

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Bearing Witness to Tar Sands Resistance: Dispatch #4

capitalism doesn't make it easy, it makes it almost (or sometimes entirely) impossible to survive. our perfectly flawed system has constructed a persistent pattern: exploitation begets exploitation. as we are exploited by our bosses and by the state, we are also tools for exploitation. many of the people i've met here- in Fort McMurray, in Hardisty, in Amisk, in Edmonton- are, have been or know someone who ...

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BPF Sits Down with the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (VIDEO)

In this special full-length interview, Anchalee Kurutach of Buddhist Peace Fellowship enjoys a rare international visit and discussion with Mr. Somboon Chungprempree (Moo), the Secretariat of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB). There is still time to sign up for the Inter-faith Dialog for Peace and Sustainability, October 27 to November 5, co-hosted by INEB this year in Kuala Lumpur, Mala ...

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Beyond McMindfulness

by Ron Purser and David Loy (Note: This post was also recently published at the Huffington Post. We welcome your thoughts and reflections.) Suddenly mindfulness meditation has become mainstream, making its way into schools, corporations, prisons, and government agencies including the U.S. military. Millions of people are receiving tangible benefits from their mindfulness practice: less stress, better concen ...

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Bearing Witness to Tar Sands Resistance: Dispatch #3

"I'm so happy", she said as she was telling her story of why she decided to join the compassionate earth walk "we said this walk will be interfaith, intergenerational and intercultural and we succeeded. look at our diversity." In a group full of white folks of many privileges, she looks at me- poor brown queer womyn of desi diaspora. I squirm visibly uncomfortable, invisibly alone. I was her check mark. she ...

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Beyond Praise and Blame: A Transformative Take On A Transit Strike

For the first few days of July, the San Francisco Bay Area was one big snarl of traffic.  Following failed contract negotiations, the workers of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system went on indefinite strike, eliminating 400,000 rides per day and and forcing thousands of commuters to ferry, helicopter (oh, SF techies), or carpool their way around the region. According to workers, BART management hired a ...

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Witnessing Absurdities: Deep Seeing as a Skill for Decolonizing Activist Work

In the face of environmental catastrophe, and global capitalism’s never ending wealth grab, we in the crumbling empire seem to struggle to build lasting, holistic social movements. Divided by class, race, philosophical differences, geography, and so much more, the efforts that we collectively do bring about, like Occupy, flame up and then rapidly fade from public awareness.  Unlike in many parts of the worl ...

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Bearing Witness to Tar Sands Resistance: Dispatch #2

it feels like I've been here longer than a few days. I guess that's what is bound to happen when you add heart, spirit and story to those facts and charts, those news reports and data that you read- time, space, life thickens. I feel thicker now. yesterday was the healing walk. elders, babies and folks in between, slowly touching earth to remember it and to remember ourselves. hundreds from all over canada, ...

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