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Now Open! BPF Gathering Aug 29-31, 2014

Now Open! BPF Gathering Aug 29-31, 2014

BPF National Gathering August 29–31, Oakland, California [divide style="2"] Send us your Mandala Form before May 16th to qualify for Early Bird discounts! (a limited number of scho ...

Meet Todd: Buddhist, Trucker, Organizer.

Meet Todd: Buddhist, Trucker, Organizer.

Todd felt that “inner nudge.” You know the one. The one suggesting, then demanding, that you practice peace beyond the meditation cushion. The one longing for a community that beli ...

How We Caused (and perpetuate) the African Homophobia we now Decry

How We Caused (and perpetuate) the African Homophobia we now Decry

How We Caused (and perpetuate) the African Homophobia we now Decry   [divide style="2"] Transcript forthcoming — TWM apologizes for the delay and thanks you for your patience! ...

What Would the Buddha Do?

What Would the Buddha Do?

"David Loy's new blog pulls no punches. Jumping off from the recent IPCC climate disruption report, he engages us deeply with the profound questions of whether and how Buddhadharma ...

What We Ignore Makes Us Ignorant

What We Ignore Makes Us Ignorant

  Storytelling, Movement Building, and the Second Noble Truth By Mushim Ikeda [divide] We were taking an easy family hike in Tilden Park, in the hills above Berkeley, California, a ...

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Second Noble Truth

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Second Noble Truth

[Editor's Note: If you, like us, are thirsting for more socially grounded perspectives on Dharma, you can help Zenju get her beautiful, boldly peaceful meditation center, Still Bre ...

How We Show Up: Storytelling, Movement Building, and the First Noble Truth

How We Show Up: Storytelling, Movement Building, and the First Noble Truth

For me, there’s an often missing and crucial piece of the puzzle in socially engaged Buddhist dialogues, both in person and especially in online dialogues where we express our view ...

Call For Submissions: The Lies That Build Empire

Calling all media makers:  we'll soon be kicking off BPF's 2013 series, The System Stinks, and we need your help to make it happen!  First up on the year's list of themes: The Lies That Build Empire Observation shows us how lies cause suffering in our own lives.  And some of the lies we encounter are those entrenched in systems, power structures, laws, norms, and language. If you work hard enough, you can b ...

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In the midst of tragedies, suffering and grief how do we find peace?

Late last night (or really, early this morning), I found myself still scanning through news stories and pictures of the tragedy in Newton, CT yesterday. I felt helpless in the face of so much pain, and could feel myself slipping into what my friend Rachel describes as the "numbing distraction" of online surfing. I knew practice offered other options to me, but at 2am a numbed engagement was the best I could ...

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What’s Your Buddhist Superpower?

As Buddhists, we bring some Sensory Superpowers to our political work in the world. We taste an orange, and also taste the soil it grew in, the polluted rain that drenched it, the migrant farm worker who picked it, and all the other causes and conditions that put this orange in our mouth. We see old age, sickness, death – and we turn toward this suffering with broke-open hearts and the salve of Kwan Yin’s c ...

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What are the Bodhisattva Precepts? And other Frequently Asked Questions

We've been talking about the Bodhisattva Precepts, a set of 10 guidelines that have been passed down for centuries. We're feeling indebted to our many spiritual friends and dharma guardians who have kept these fresh and living over 2600 years. But what are the Bodhisattva Precepts? Are they like the Ten Commandments? If I take them, do I have to get rid of my leather shoes? If I take a dharma name, does it ...

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Remembering, Every Day

As the lives of young people in occupied Palestine and occupied Tibet continue to be extinguished (click the photos for more news coverage); as state powers continue erasing the cultures of occupied and indigenous people in the U.S. and the world over; and as transgender people like Brandy Martell continue to face deadly violence — in so many interconnected struggles, part of our work in the face of loss is ...

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What’s in a Dharma Name?

As part of this month's exploration of Debt, we're paying attention to the wholesome debts we owe, including debts to our dharma lineage! Today's installment: What does it mean to receive a dharma name? How does this connect us with our lineages - both spiritual and political - in new ways? ----- At the Bodhisattva Precepts ceremony I recently participated in, the 16 participants each accepted the 10 Bodhis ...

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Graeber On Debt and Violence

A few fellow BPFers have shared this video with us on our Facebook wall, and we wanted to bump it to the front page and ask what you might think about it.  An especially provocative point, that also speaks to why we at Buddhist Peace Fellowship are interested in a subject like debt: Normally, people do favors for one another; they feel in one other's debt in this very broad sense … But when we're talking ab ...

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Are Fast Food CEOs Indebted to Workers?

According to this infographic from Fast Food Forward (the group spearheading the current organizing campaign across fast food chains in New York City), the average fast food worker makes in a YEAR less than HALF of what a fast food CEO makes in a DAY. In addition to contributing to unconscionable wealth gaps, this industry-wide situation raises helpful questions about the intersections of Buddhist ethics an ...

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Indebted To These Wise Exes

  Okay, so this is not technically about debt. But it's an amazing instance of what my friend Richard Wright called "positive cultural rituals for un-coupling." And for that I feel a debt of gratitude! Via the brilliant, Buddhist-influenced writer Mahfam Malek. ...

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Deadly Debt: Microfinance Suicides

As unwholesome debt goes, the kind that drives debtors to suicide is some of the saddest and most infuriating. While there are multiple sides to every story, and certainly many cases of microlending that appear to have happy endings, it's crucial to pay attention to the stories of people severely damaged by the practice.  Make no mistake: despite the seasonal shine surrounding major microloan businesses lik ...

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