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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 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 ...

BPF Goes Off The Cushion with Rev. Danny Fisher

BPF Goes Off The Cushion with Rev. Danny Fisher

Don't miss Episode #3 of Danny Fisher's new Buddhist podcast series, "Off the Cushion!" Danny asks BPF's Co-Directors Dawn Haney and Katie Loncke about issues of structural racism ...

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Fourth Noble Truth

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Fourth Noble Truth

We are constantly yearning for peace and harmony. Yet, the transformation requires us to destroy a life system that we depend upon — a system that is artificially bound together by ...

Embody Fierce Compassion: Buddhists at the People’s Climate March

Embody Fierce Compassion: Buddhists at the People’s Climate March

For many years, the two preoccupations of my life, “meditation practice” and “environmental science”, were two streams that ran parallel to each other. ...

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 ...

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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2013 Conference of Engaged Buddhists and Liberation Theologians

Ever get that fist-pump gleeful feeling from buying a great used book, and then finding twenty bucks tucked between the pages?  On a spiritual level, this is how I felt this morning about an upcoming April conference at the Union Theological Seminary in New York: "Enlightenment and Liberation: Engaged Buddhists and Liberation Theologians in Dialogue."  I registered for it before I even knew that Dr. Cornel ...

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