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Wise Disruption: Help 5 Cities Train in Dharma & Direct Action!

Wise Disruption: Help 5 Cities Train in Dharma & Direct Action!

Sometimes wise action means blocking the doors to a police weapons expo. Support Buddhists learning dharma wisdom and nonviolent action tools for social justice. ...

BPF and the Angry Asian Buddhist

BPF and the Angry Asian Buddhist

Do Asian-American Buddhists pray to shrines for good S.A.T. scores? Buddhist Peace Fellowship board member Funie Hsu talks with Arun — creator of Angry Asian Buddhist — about Orien ...

Dig for Wisdom, Not for Oil: Buddhists Join Eco-Blockade Against Fracking

Dig for Wisdom, Not for Oil: Buddhists Join Eco-Blockade Against Fracking

Buddhists, Native Americans, and white environmentalists unite against fracking in California. ...

Big Oil is Even in Our Food – What Can We Do to Stop Them?

Big Oil is Even in Our Food – What Can We Do to Stop Them?

Personal behavior change is not enough to stop the colossal harms of Big Oil and Big Ag. So what can we do? ...

Shut It Down: Reclaiming the Radical Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Shut It Down: Reclaiming the Radical Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The real Martin Luther King Jr. was angry about injustice, radical in his politics and militant in his tactics. Kazu Haga, dharma practitioner and Kingian nonviolence teacher, expl ...

Buddha + Black Lives Matter: A Racial Justice Reflection Toolkit

Buddha + Black Lives Matter: A Racial Justice Reflection Toolkit

Tired of pseudo-spiritual derails from #BlackLivesMatter to #AllLivesMatter? Want concrete ideas for sparking racial justice conversation in your sangha? Want the best recent Buddh ...

Social Justice and the 4 Noble Truths: 2014 Roundup

Social Justice and the 4 Noble Truths: 2014 Roundup

The System Stinks 2014: Social Justice and the Four Noble Truths Contributors (clockwise from top left): Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Mushim Ikeda, Hozan Alan Senauke, Funie Hsu, Fa ...

Reminder, March 15 Deadline: “Stolen Land, Stolen Culture, Stolen Time”

Reminder, everyone!  The System Stinks conversation is on a roll as we begin to think more structurally about peace and conflict, studying some of the Lies That Build Empire.  But we're just getting started.  Next up, we'll be taking a systemic look at theft.  (The image above, from a "modern and sophisticated" jewelry line, gives just one example of cultural commodification that can happen when all things ...

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Who Do You Protect? Who Do You Serve?

As dedicated peacemakers, we know that racism obstructs and poisons the justice and peace we hope to manifest in our world.  Racism as expressed through the criminal justice system poses a clear and present danger to the well-being of black, Latin@, Muslim, indigenous, gender-nonconforming, and other targeted groups in the US.  Continuing our conversation of last week, about the ways that police do and don' ...

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Now Available To Members! First PDF of The System Stinks

It's here!  Volume 1 of The System Stinks curriculum.  Featuring discussion questions for selected media that we've featured here on Turning Wheel over the past month, plus two "classic texts" from Andrea Smith and Arundhati Roy, and practices you can do at home. After the richness of last night's phone call with Tendor and Joshua Eaton (recording and transcript forthcoming — thanks in advance to our awesom ...

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Do Police and Prisons Make Us Safer?

Morning, BPFers!  It's our last day of the month of Lies That Build Empire — can't believe it's already over.  We were holding out hope for certain pieces to come through today, but the writers need more time, and / or what they made will be better suited to feature later.  No big deal.  But we didn't want to end the month without questioning this potential big Lie: is it true that police and prisons, as in ...

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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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