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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. ...

“Memory Is Political”: Storytelling, Movement Building, and the Third Noble Truth

“Memory Is Political”: Storytelling, Movement Building, and the Third Noble Truth

The question of the usefulness or non-relevance of “the story” is one of the great “both / ands” of living a Buddhist life. And, all human stories, descending from the most cosmic ...

BPF Summer Gathering Schedule

BPF Summer Gathering Schedule

The BPF Summer Gathering will bring together Buddhists and activists from over 20 states and multiple countries, for dialogues, meditation, and training in nonviolent direct action ...

Practice in Transformative Action: Bay Area training program

Practice in Transformative Action: Bay Area training program

Mushim Ikeda, contributor to BPF's The System Stinks curriculum, is launching another year of the Practice in Transformative Action (PiTA 2) yearlong program at East Bay Meditation ...

“What’s The Point?”: A Poem

Ever feel frustrated and insignificant in your efforts to change The System — or, shoot, your efforts to just get through your day?  For me, one of the most precious gifts of a community of political Buddhists is a shared grappling with the paradox of deep effort and radical acceptance.  "How do we accept things as they are, and work like heck to change them?" Today's submission speaks to this living riddle ...

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Hopes and Expectations for Forward On Climate Rally?

BPFers in Washington (state) are gearing up to join what's being billed as the largest climate rally in US history: arguably a challenge to the empire-building lie that climate change is a back-burner issue that will somehow sort itself out.  There are probably more of you out there planning whip up a protest sign on February 17th, or even participating in some of the organizing where you live.  (Sounds lik ...

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Climate Hawks and Enviro-Drones: Greenwashing Imperialism?

In addition to our War on Drugs and War on Terror, we now have a War on Climate Change. BPFers with interests in anti-militarization and environmental issues will want to read Turtles and Tomahawk Missiles, Together at Last? War is Not the Answer to Climate Change by Cyril Mychalejko. Some environmental groups have embraced militarized language and weaponry as the most skillful means to care for our world. ...

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Idle No More and Lies that Build Empire: Nationalism in Former Colonies

By Simon Jo-Keeling Canada’s relationship to empire may be at the beginning of something excitingly different, thanks to the sudden fertility, since late in 2012, of Idle No More (INM). INM is an indigenous peoples’ movement focused on decolonizing Canada’s governance, environmental policy, economic system, and relationship with Native people. An aspect of the current situation in Canada which particularly ...

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Inner And Outer Dissonance

Inner and Outer Dissonance By Rachel A. Buddeberg   I was born into the wrong life: Unconventional ideas with a conventional lifestyle. I can see things clearly without the inner strength to change them. I can see how to live without the courage to live it. I got a radical brain and conventional habits. It’s tearing me apart. Eating me alive. I don’t know how to break free. Glimpses of freedom are quic ...

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Dear Jambolan Tree (A Letter from Võ Hải)

Are plants, foods, and seeds mainly commodities, to be bought, sold, and used without regard for their histories and contexts?  Can we talk about "diversity" while ignoring diaspora?   We're delighted to begin our month of The Lies That Build Empire with this letter, tender and astute, from engaged Buddhist Võ Hải to a beloved tree: the Jambolan, also known at the Jambul tree.  (Originally published on nước ...

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Call for Submissions: Stolen Lands, Stolen Culture, Stolen Time

We're so excited to talk about the Lies that Build Empire during February — starting on Monday with a loving and politicized letter to a beloved jambolan tree. For you media makers out there who feel inspired to write something for our next theme, here's the next call for submissions! In the second theme for The System Stinks, we’re taking a look at systemic theft. How do we live within the precept “I will ...

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Monks and Mothers Confront Riot Cops In Struggles Over Cambodian Development

Via Joshua Eaton: the crowdfunding campaign for this film-in-progress has ended, but there's still time to support the editing process, and the project's blog, The Cause of Progress, provides a good amount of background information on struggles with development campaigns in Cambodia that are displacing Buddhist monks and laypeople. Economic development as universally beneficial and "progressive" is one of t ...

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Robert Thurman On Self Immolations In Tibet

Via Students for a Free Tibet and Joshua Eaton. As the number of self-immolations in Tibet nears 100, Robert Thurman has released an individual statement as a leader of Tibet House US.  Also this month, Students for a Free Tibet held a North America Conference For Tibet. What do you think, BPFers?  Do you agree with Thurman's take here?  Do you have any helpful information to share with the rest of us on th ...

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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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