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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 ...

Buddhist Blockade Against Police Militarization [VIDEO]

Buddhist Blockade Against Police Militarization [VIDEO]

Buddhist Peace Fellowship used the peacefulness of our sitting meditation posture to interrupt the flow of foot traffic at the downtown Oakland Marriott Hotel, which was hosting Ur ...

Joanna Macy & Sulak Sivaraksa: In Conversation at BPF’s National Gathering

Joanna Macy & Sulak Sivaraksa: In Conversation at BPF’s National Gathering

BPF's National Gathering was one of the jewels of 2014, an unprecedented convening of Buddhist activists from across the US. In our Keynote Event, BPF elders Joanna Macy and Ajahn ...

Which Side Are You On?

Which Side Are You On?

As terrible as the Michael Brown and Eric Garner grand jury decisions have been, they are serving the purpose of waking up a lot of people who have been oblivious to or in denial o ...

Being Mindful of Race, Some Resources From Ruth King

Being Mindful of Race, Some Resources From Ruth King

Want to know how you can be more mindful around race and racism? Here's a helpful list of resources from dharma teacher Ruth King. ...

Rising Up to End Sexual Abuse in Buddhist Communities

Video Transcript Happy Valentine's Day BPFers! I'm heading out today to join up with One Billion Rising, a movement to recognize that over 1 billion women and girls will be sexually abused in their lifetimes, and it's going to take at least 1 billion of us to rise up together to make a revolution to end this violence. [Video clip of Dawn dancing to One Billion Rising's song, "Break the Chain" - if you aren' ...

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The Just-World Fallacy

In my humble opinion and beyond my limited ken ... Many of the "system-level lies" listed in Turning Wheel's call for submissions for this theme seem to me to be instances of the commonly held (incorrect) world view of the "Just-World Fallacy" (JWF). JWF seems to be a general template for various system-level lies (memes) that blame the victim and insidiously teach victims to blame themselves for original s ...

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Safe Radiation

A lie I deal with: That “limited regulated releases” of radiation are safe. The BEIR report (Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation) shows that there is no lower limit on radiation exposure that does not carry a negative health effect. All exposures to radiation, including medical and dental exposures, and natural background exposures, carry an epidemiological risk. Cumulatively they combine with other en ...

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“What’s The Point?”: A Poem

Ever feel frustrated and insignificant in your efforts to change The System — or, shoot, your efforts to just get through your day?  For me, one of the most precious gifts of a community of political Buddhists is a shared grappling with the paradox of deep effort and radical acceptance.  "How do we accept things as they are, and work like heck to change them?" Today's submission speaks to this living riddle ...

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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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