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Burma’s Genocide: A Panel Discussion, Plus 5 Things You Can Do Right Now

Burma’s Genocide: A Panel Discussion, Plus 5 Things You Can Do Right Now

The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar has reached a tipping point. What can we do? BPF Board member Jess Benjamin reports back from a panel hosted by the Chicago Theological Seminary. ...

Surviving Auschwitz, Resisting Trump, Staying Open

Surviving Auschwitz, Resisting Trump, Staying Open

This week visiting home, I’m pulled to revisit some family papers. Today, under Trump’s ascendancy, I am the exact same age as my maternal grandfather was when Hitler rose to power ...

What’s My Role in the Revolution?

What’s My Role in the Revolution?

Have you ever wondered if you're doing enough, or doing the right things, to create true social and spiritual transformation? If so, it might be time to re-visit your role in the r ...

Rest in Power Aaron Lee, the Angry Asian Buddhist

Rest in Power Aaron Lee, the Angry Asian Buddhist

Aaron Lee, author of the blog Angry Asian Buddhist, died Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 34. BPF reflects on all we've learned, and continue to learn, from Arun’s clear ...

To Liberate All Beings from the Dukkha of Deportation

To Liberate All Beings from the Dukkha of Deportation

Last year, on November 8, a member of my chosen family deported himself to Mexico. Rodolfo's courage in fighting for migrant justice reminds me of the first vow of the Bodhisattva ...

Emergency Teach-In: Buddhists Wage Peace in Korea

Emergency Teach-In: Buddhists Wage Peace in Korea

You might have heard Trump’s “fire and fury” dick-swinging toward North Korea, risking nuclear escalation. Did you also know that Won Buddhists are playing a major role for peace o ...

A New Story of Us: Storytelling, Movement Building & the 4th Noble Truth

A New Story of Us: Storytelling, Movement Building & the 4th Noble Truth

Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a ...

What’s Wrong With Sex? A Buddhist Perspective

Scholar and Zen teacher David Loy looks at historical clues from the Buddha's time to ask: what's up with all this sex-negativity? As Buddhism infiltrates the West, one of the important and interesting points of contention is sexuality. Buddhism in Asia has been largely a cultural force for celibacy (among monastics) and sexual restraint, so how is Western Buddhism adapting to the sexual revolution? Today ma ...

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Revisiting Buddhist Anarchism

I’ve been revisiting Buddhist anarchism lately, the strain of socially engaged Buddhism that some foundational Buddhist Peace Fellowship movers and shakers were associated with in some form. Like any religion, Buddhism's tenets and teachings can be interpreted in many ways, including in the anti-state and anti-capitalist direction. In other posts I have indicated that some interpretations of Buddhism have l ...

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Call For Submissions: Decolonizing Our Sanghas

In the words of Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, "Buddhism, with its non-theistic framework, grounds its ethics not on the notion of obedience, but on that of harmony." On the individual level, the teetotaling Fifth Precept of Buddhism, a training to abstain from taking intoxicants, is meant not in a moralizing way, but as a practice to help us avoid unnecessary disturbances and disharmony of the mind. “Intoxicants are ...

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The No-Self of Identity Politics

It's a kind of Buddhist-feminist koan: if the personal is political, and the personal (self) is also illusory, are politics illusory, too? Addressing a recent conference of engaged Buddhists and liberation theologians, professor of theology Dr. Melanie Harris candidly recalled how her encounters with Buddhadharma initially challenged her womanist framework — Black feminism that centers race, class, and gend ...

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Welcome to Sex, Gender, Power Month on TWM

It sounds simple enough: I undertake the training to abstain from sexual misconduct.  We might think we know what the Third Precept on sexual misconduct looks like on an interpersonal level.  But how do we see systemic forms of sexist power and gender oppression affecting our societies on a broad scale? We are excited to take this month, as part of our year-long Buddhist social justice curriculum, The Syste ...

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Ananda Come Home…

I have always been fond of Ananda. Probably fonder of him than I am of the Buddha. I think of the two of them as a kind of Frodo Baggins/ Samwise Gangee buddy team. Frodo may have been the ring bearer, with all of the fame and gravitas that comes with the title, but he couldn’t have done any of it without his trusty Sam. Likewise the Buddha. Gotama may have been the millionth incarnation of greatness but wi ...

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Preview: BPF Interviews the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (VIDEO)

(Full-length video coming soon.) We were honored to receive a recent visit from the Secretariat of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB), Mr. Somboon Chungprempree.  INEB is a powerhouse umbrella group based in Asia, helping to organize socially engaged Buddhists around human rights, alternative education, women and gender struggles, Buddhist youth empowerment, inter-faith dialogue, environm ...

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The Rootstrikers and Job One: A Buddhist Take On Getting Money Out of Politics

Rootstrikers (rootstrikers.org) recently held a conference in San Francisco that was webcast to a national audience. It was an incredibly well designed event dealing with the corrupting influence of money in politics. What came out most clearly at the conference was that getting money out of politics is Job One (my term) for anyone interested in social or environmental justice. To call it Job One means that ...

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Labor is Entitled to All it Produces

by Joshua Stephens I cut my teeth in as an activist, largely, among anarchists; a milieu in which it's taken as granted that labor is entitled to all it produces. Ironically, it was similarly assumed that all movement labor was volunteer. In other words -- labor had no value, and was thus entitled to nothing. This was true for significant contributions of time, and contributions of significant skill, alike. ...

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“Only the Best” for Those Who Serve Our Country

“Only the Best” for those Who Serve Our Country: How the Broken Military-VA-Corporate-Legislative “Complex” Treats our Veterans by Joseph Bobrow The Fantasy of the Teflon Soldier The Army spent from $100M-$240M (estimates vary) on an unproven “resilience” program, Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF), whose complete lack of efficacy is demonstrated by the epidemic of suicides that only seems to rise more ala ...

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