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5 Responses to the Awkwardly Titled “New Face of Buddhism”

5 Responses to the Awkwardly Titled “New Face of Buddhism”

Reflections on the pitfalls of a Buddhist makeover. 5 BPFers — Funie Hsu, Kate Johnson, Dedunu Sylvia, Katie Loncke, and The Angry Asian Buddhist himself — respond. ...

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Buddhadharma

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Buddhadharma

Wisdom from revolutionary Grace Lee Boggs: "Real wealth is not the possession of property, but the recognition that our deepest need, as human beings, ...

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Affordable Housing

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Affordable Housing

Can nonviolent direct action help stop gentrification and displacement in its tracks? In one town shaken by a housing crises, a fight to stop luxury condo construction turned into ...

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Racial Justice

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Racial Justice

Dismantling racism takes both inner and outer work. What has BPF been up to in 2015 for racial justice? ...

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Gun Violence

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Gun Violence

How have Buddhist Peace Fellowship members shown up around gun violence in 2015? Check out just a couple of examples... ...

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Climate Change

“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Climate Change

It's been a busy year for BPF! This week we look at 5 major areas we tackled in our interconnected efforts for collective liberation. ...

BPF Among 14 Faith Leaders Arrested in Solidarity Action with 14 #BlackLivesMatter Activists

BPF Among 14 Faith Leaders Arrested in Solidarity Action with 14 #BlackLivesMatter Activists

BPFers join other interfaith leaders to support the Black Friday 14 in Oakland, CA: a group of Black Lives Matter activists including BLM co-founder Alicia Garza. ...

Delusionary States: Toppling the Big Stories of Our Times

As human beings, we live with a lot of abstractions we consider to be normal, almost like a collective hallucination. This is a familiar idea for dhamma practitioners since one of the fundamental and liberating insights of dhamma is the experience of anatta, or “no-self.” Through practice we begin to experience the emptiness of something we thought was very solid—our sense of self. We begin to loosen attach ...

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BPF Member Call This Sunday: Buddhist Direct Action on KXL

Yesterday was the final chance to submit public comments to the White House in hopes of changing the President's mind on the Keystone XL Pipeline.  Now, the executive decision to continue or discontinue construction of the pipeline rests in Obama's hands.  But he is not the only one who will decide how events unfold. Between Idle No More, the Native Resistance Network, Indigenous Environmental Network, Grea ...

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What is Stolen in Mappō Empire Buddhism? A Black-Pacific Meditation

by Fredrick Douglas Kakinami Cloyd You should study the green mountains, using numerous worlds as your standard. You should clearly examine the green mountains' walking and your own walking. —Zen Master Dōgen, Mountains and Waters Sutra (Sansuikyō) As we practice embodying the time of Kaliyuga, Mo-Fa, Mappō, how are we to take up this great practice and the self/no-self? And in investigating such common Bud ...

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I’m Awake. And Now? Freedom From and Freedom To

The most inspiring promise of dhamma practice is the possibility of freedom from suffering. What goes along with this freedom, however, is a sense of ethics (the precepts) and development of interconnection with others. When I used to teach community college, I would often initiate discussions about freedom. What, I would ask, is your definition of freedom? Most of the time students would respond along the ...

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México Corazón Sangrante (Un Poema de Olivia Donaji-De Pablo)

Ser valiente es mucho mas que alejarse de su patria... —Olivia Donaji-De Pablo "To be brave is much more to leave your own country...." is how this prose poem in Spanish by Olivia Donaji-De Pablo begins, an intimate reflection on the immense strength required of those who leave the country they grew up in. A sense of nostalgia pervades the text, a looking back at the poet's old life in México, alongside the ...

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Strike: The Best Kind Of Stealing?

In one scene of Disney's shockingly progressive movie musical Newsies (now adapted for the Broadway stage), which sets the New York City newsboys strike of 1899 to infectious song-and-dance numbers, two newsies have an illuminating exchange on the ethics of theft. David [with disdain]: Our dad taught us not to steal. Jack [dryly]: Yeah, well mine taught me not to starve, so I guess we both got an education. ...

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The Work of Mourning

It is hard to think of what to say on the theme of Stolen Land, Stolen Culture, Stolen Time when the country is still reeling from the bombings in Boston. At times like this, grief is natural. When something is irretrievably taken without permission, what eventually comes is mourning, if we let it come. As Derrida writes in The Work of Mourning: “[T]he world [is] suspended by some unique tear... reflecting ...

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Can We Change the World by Meditating? David Loy speaks in NorCal events

Did you dig David Loy's recent article for Turning Wheel Media, "Can Mindfulness Change a Corporation?" If you are in Northern California, you have several opportunities to study with David in person - see below for details or check out his full schedule. For in-depth exploration, check out his weekend retreat: Money Sex Fame War Karma: Personal and Social Transformation Esalen Institute in Big Sur CA May 3 ...

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Wages for Self Care: What Falls Apart When We Demand Compensation for Unpaid Reproductive Labor?

I spent $5,000 a year on therapy while I worked at a rape crisis center. My therapist got well over 10% of my income each year; a tithe to her painstaking work re-teaching me that it was safe to be mindful of my body, even in the face of devastating trauma. While my therapy work addressed my own past trauma, this trauma was violently yanked forward to the front of my consciousness from facing day after day ...

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Towards a Fifth Foundation of Mindfulness: Dhamma and Decolonization

Both dhamma practice and structured intellectual activity serve as decolonization practices for me. Some years back, when I was questioning the assumptions I had developed about my own dhamma practice, I entered a graduate program strongly informed by anti-colonial and post-colonial thinkers. To my surprise, the intellectual practices of these thinkers were extremely complementary to Theravadan Vipassana pr ...

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