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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 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 ...

A Song to Stop Urban Shield

A Song to Stop Urban Shield

The 1999 WTO protests in Seattle marked the beginning of what has become a rapid militarization of U.S. police departments all across the country. BPFers in the Bay Area decided to ...

When You Picture U.S. Buddhists, Do You Think Of Me?

When You Picture U.S. Buddhists, Do You Think Of Me?

Re-visibilizing Asian Americans in Buddhism is a precious opportunity. It can mean opening up, anchoring in hard historical truths, and bearing witness to an array of stories, voic ...

Fuck Your Right Speech (Are You Listening?)

Fuck Your Right Speech (Are You Listening?)

Is Right Speech rigged to support the status quo? ...

Buddhists and the Bloc: An Open Thread On Antifa

Buddhists and the Bloc: An Open Thread On Antifa

Buddhists disagree over black bloc tactics and antifa orientations. What's your take? ...

Urgent Prayers for Charlottesville, Virginia

Urgent Prayers for Charlottesville, Virginia

As extreme right-wing groups, encouraged to arrive armed, prepare to converge in Charlottesville, Virginia tomorrow, we at Buddhist Peace Fellowship want to Be in spiritual and mat ...

Emergency Teach-In AUGUST 17: Buddhists Wage Peace in Korea

Emergency Teach-In AUGUST 17: 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 ...

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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Food Stamps and Political Anger: Can Buddhists Be Angry?

In a recent column for the New York Times, Paul Krugman called for readers to “get really angry” at House Republicans for sponsoring a bill that would cut off food stamps for 2,000,000 people. He points out that food “stamps” (now credit cards) are needed more than ever during our jobless recovery. He then reveals that Representative Fincher of Tennessee, an active proponent of the bill, has received millio ...

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Bearing Witness to Tar Sands Resistance: Dispatch #1

one can understand more about their mindfulness practice when they're stopped, incessantly questioned and thoroughly searched at customs. 3 hours of my mindfulness practice engaged at edmonton international airport en route to the healing walk and compassionate earth walk. and i'm thankful (somewhat at least) because it's just a reminder to me how important it is to integrate our political and spiritual pra ...

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On Interdependence Day, BPF Joins A Climate Change Fight

Keystone is the travesty that has me resolved to be out on the streets again. —Anaïs, BPF member The Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL) has been called "game over for climate change." Already the massive corporate extraction of tar sands and crude bitumen from Alberta, Canada (slated to be glugged through KXL to oil refineries in the Gulf of Mexico, for predominantly foreign export), is poisoning First Nations terr ...

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A New Sangha of Social Action

 If you listen to a modern dharma talk about the second Buddhist precept (not taking that which is not given), odds are you will hear a focus on individual action. Conversations about theft tend to revolve around taking or not taking objects, money, or another person's time. In other words, the immediate actions of a lone practitioner. Something not terribly different from the Christian commandment of "Thou ...

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Sex, Gender, Power: The Study Guide

Sex. Gender. Power. Get your copy of the third volume of The System Stinks, where we investigate systemic sexual misconduct and paths to liberation from sexism and gender oppression. What you'll find inside: An introduction that grapples with the paradox of gender essentialism, the tricky balance of holding both the form and emptiness of concepts like sex and gender.  Sometimes it seems like identifying a s ...

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