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We have failed

We have failed

We have failed Black boys and young Black men. Every last one of us has failed to end police killing of Black boys and men. [This was originally sent to BPF's 5000-person strong em ...

Sitting on #ShutItDown and Solidarity with Ferguson

Sitting on #ShutItDown and Solidarity with Ferguson

I'm sitting in my home in Oakland, California, meditating as police helicopters fly overhead. I am not at the protests demanding justice for Mike Brown, even though I live only a f ...

Gender Dysphoria and the Dharma

Gender Dysphoria and the Dharma

As a gender non-conforming person, I am prone to leaving my body, abandoning it, running away. Buddhist meditation helped me come back to a "buddha-nature drenched in flesh." ...

Right Anger and the Path to the End of Caste

Right Anger and the Path to the End of Caste

In the face of violence and brutality, we should develop "samma kodha" — Right Anger — for the sake of all beings. ...

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 ...

Rising Up to End Sexual Abuse in Buddhist Communities

Video Transcript Happy Valentine's Day BPFers! I'm heading out today to join up with One Billion Rising, a movement to recognize that over 1 billion women and girls will be sexually abused in their lifetimes, and it's going to take at least 1 billion of us to rise up together to make a revolution to end this violence. [Video clip of Dawn dancing to One Billion Rising's song, "Break the Chain" - if you aren' ...

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The Just-World Fallacy

In my humble opinion and beyond my limited ken ... Many of the "system-level lies" listed in Turning Wheel's call for submissions for this theme seem to me to be instances of the commonly held (incorrect) world view of the "Just-World Fallacy" (JWF). JWF seems to be a general template for various system-level lies (memes) that blame the victim and insidiously teach victims to blame themselves for original s ...

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Safe Radiation

A lie I deal with: That “limited regulated releases” of radiation are safe. The BEIR report (Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation) shows that there is no lower limit on radiation exposure that does not carry a negative health effect. All exposures to radiation, including medical and dental exposures, and natural background exposures, carry an epidemiological risk. Cumulatively they combine with other en ...

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“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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