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I Arrived At The White House…  And Didn’t Go Inside.

I Arrived At The White House… And Didn’t Go Inside.

If you were invited into the White House, would you automatically say Yes? Why? ...

Can we critique US militarism when we benefit from it?

Can we critique US militarism when we benefit from it?

This is an open letter to Brad Warner of Hardcore Zen who critiqued BPF's banner action in front of the White House this week. ...

BPF Joins first-ever U.S. White House Buddhist Leaders Conference

BPF Joins first-ever U.S. White House Buddhist Leaders Conference

BPF Co-Director Katie Loncke and Board member Sierra Pickett from Oakland, CA, have been asked to join the first-ever U.S. Buddhist White House Conference and give a presentation o ...

Seeds of Mindful Resistance: BPF Joins “Occupy the Farm”

Seeds of Mindful Resistance: BPF Joins “Occupy the Farm”

Life for an activist would be boring indeed if all we ever did was shout, protest, fume, and fulminate. At BPF we embrace anger, yes, but also agency. The power to build and cultiv ...

Dawn Haney featured on Women Hold Up Half the Sky with Della Duncan

Dawn Haney featured on Women Hold Up Half the Sky with Della Duncan

On Dawn’s professional and personal journey to the Director role, BPF as an institution, and current issues and topics within mindfulness and Buddhism — including racism, community ...

The Dharma of Harm Reduction

The Dharma of Harm Reduction

"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." —His Holiness the Dalai Lama ...

How Does Practice Transform Us and Our World?

How Does Practice Transform Us and Our World?

We are always practicing something, whether we are conscious of it or not. By becoming conscious of what we practice and intentionally choosing to practice something new, we can tr ...

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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Can Mindfulness Change a Corporation?

The letter that follows is self-explanatory. Last October I sent it to Mr. George three different ways – to two email accounts and by post to his office. Unfortunately, he has not responded, so after some deliberation I’ve decided to express my concerns publicly. I want to emphasize that the issue is not personal: that is, I’m not attacking Mr. George himself, who (according to what I’ve read and heard abou ...

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Lies Of Big Pharma

The System Stinks: Smell It Then Quell It! – or – Whose Pants Are On Fire, Anyway?   JEFF GEE Before we get to the breathtaking lies that permeate American culture, I’d like to explain why I agree with the Buddhist Peace Fellowship that it’s high time we Buddhists took a look at the system we live in. For some of us, The System may seem like an artificial or even irrelevant construct existing outside o ...

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First Members’ Monthly Phone Call: Tibet & Lies That Build Empire

Thurs., 28 Feb, 9pm Eastern Time (UTC -5) So excited for our first monthly phone call, featuring Tendor (Tenzin Dorjee), Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet, and Joshua Eaton, writer, activist, and creator of Tibet On Fire.             Tendor and Joshua will be discussing the Tibetan liberation movement in connection with our first theme for The System Stinks, "The ...

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