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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 ...

Buddhists Blockade Hotel to Protest Police-Military Training

Buddhists Blockade Hotel to Protest Police-Military Training

Buddhist Peace Fellowship and allies decided to stage a group meditation blockading the doors of a Marriott Hotel in Oakland, California. The reason? Police violence and institutio ...

#3: In this Moment: When Suffering Ceases for Queer Africa

#3: In this Moment: When Suffering Ceases for Queer Africa

In my first video-essay, “The Dukkha of Loving Others: Homophobia in Africa,” I discussed how the recent rise in state-sponsored homophobia harms all Africans: those who identify a ...

A Roundabout Defense of the “Mandala Form” for the BPF National Gathering

A Roundabout Defense of the “Mandala Form” for the BPF National Gathering

NOTE: The recent Eco-Dharma Conference & Retreat at the Wonderwell Mounatin Refuge in Springfield, NH, featured a panel sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. After a vide ...

Revisiting the Middle Passage Pilgrimage: Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Filmmaker and “Pilgrims”

Revisiting the Middle Passage Pilgrimage: Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Filmmaker and “Pilgrims”

Hosted by Buddhist Peace Fellowship and East Bay Meditation Center SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014. 7 - 9:30 PM East Bay Meditation Center, 285 17th St., Oakland, CA 94612 Join us for th ...

The Four Noble Truths in Our World:  Truth #3: The Cessation of the Suffering of Caste

The Four Noble Truths in Our World: Truth #3: The Cessation of the Suffering of Caste

Can we imagine a world without caste? In positive terms, a social expression of nibbana might be the realization of a society in which each member can find fulfillment and be compl ...

Long Retreat Scholarships Available for Young People and People of Color

Long Retreat Scholarships Available for Young People and People of Color

Spirit Rock Meditation Center is offering an unprecedented number of scholarships for people of color and young people to attend the month-long and 2-month retreats in early 2015. ...

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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My Military Service, and Awakening To An Empire Of Lies

Of Lies and Empires By Joey B. King   “I have decided to henceforth say nothing that is not true,” said the student. “I’ll miss your voice,” replied the Zen master. [divide style="2"] I discovered the writings of Jeff Knaebel a few years ago. He was a US citizen who left the country of his birth in the mid-1990’s for a life of voluntary self-exile in India. Knabel wrote a lot about truth and the nature ...

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BPFer Dharma Talk On DC Climate Change Rally (Audio)

BPFer Taigen Dan Leighton of Chicago kindly shared with us his dharma talk reporting back from the Forward On Climate Change rally last week.  Have a listen!  Lots of useful information, including in the Q&A discussion at the end.  (Sorry, we don't have a transcript for this one...) From Dan himself: This was a rally opposing development of the Keystone XL pipeline, which has been described by NASA scie ...

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Can Mindfulness Change a Corporation?

The letter that follows is self-explanatory. Last October I sent it to Mr. George three different ways – to two email accounts and by post to his office. Unfortunately, he has not responded, so after some deliberation I’ve decided to express my concerns publicly. I want to emphasize that the issue is not personal: that is, I’m not attacking Mr. George himself, who (according to what I’ve read and heard abou ...

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Lies Of Big Pharma

The System Stinks: Smell It Then Quell It! – or – Whose Pants Are On Fire, Anyway?   JEFF GEE Before we get to the breathtaking lies that permeate American culture, I’d like to explain why I agree with the Buddhist Peace Fellowship that it’s high time we Buddhists took a look at the system we live in. For some of us, The System may seem like an artificial or even irrelevant construct existing outside o ...

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First Members’ Monthly Phone Call: Tibet & Lies That Build Empire

Thurs., 28 Feb, 9pm Eastern Time (UTC -5) So excited for our first monthly phone call, featuring Tendor (Tenzin Dorjee), Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet, and Joshua Eaton, writer, activist, and creator of Tibet On Fire.             Tendor and Joshua will be discussing the Tibetan liberation movement in connection with our first theme for The System Stinks, "The ...

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Inside BPF, We’ve Got a Few Stinking Systems

While we are pointing fingers at stinking systems here at BPF, it would be a lie to pretend that we don't have any stinky non-functional systems ourselves! When we closed our physical office in December 2011 there were a lot of changes in our infrastructure, some of which we are still sorting out! For instance, our phone number now goes straight to a Google inbox, and we do our best to pick up those message ...

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