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When MLK Jr. Rejected “Obnoxious Peace”

When MLK Jr. Rejected “Obnoxious Peace”

As an organization with "Peace" in our name, we are often misunderstood. On MLK Day, let's clarify some things. ...

Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge: Session 1 of Refuge & Resistance

Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge: Session 1 of Refuge & Resistance

Welcome to our January series on Refuge & Resistance! Full intro here. Session 1:   Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge In Buddhism, we take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and th ...

Start the New Year with Refuge & Resistance

Start the New Year with Refuge & Resistance

All beings deserve refuge, but oppression requires resistance. Can we do both? Welcome to our January 2017 series, brand-new from BPF. ...

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 grandfather was in Austria, when Hitler rose to po ...

VIDEO, AUDIO, TRANSCRIPT: BPF Reportback from Standing Rock

VIDEO, AUDIO, TRANSCRIPT: BPF Reportback from Standing Rock

Just released! Hear from a diverse crew of BPFers who went to Standing Rock this fall in solidarity with indigenous leaders against the Dakota Access Pipeline -- including YiLing C ...

4 Elements to Strengthen Us

4 Elements to Strengthen Us

As people committed to collective liberation, we are living in overwhelming, uncertain, and frightening times. Here are 4 friends we can call on. ...

Leaning Into the Unknown with BPF

Leaning Into the Unknown with BPF

Ever since November 8, I’ve felt like I’m stuck at the top of a rollercoaster. Shocked and dumbfounded by the outcome of the election, I’m suspended in mid-air — floating and waiti ...

Nurturing Peace in Contexts of Global Violence

Nurturing Peace in Contexts of Global Violence: A Conference for Theological Educators and Religious Leaders Religious leaders throughout the world in every faith tradition are challenged today to be active agents of peace. This 4 day conference will bring together theological educators and others to work together to teach and learn about peacemaking both globally and locally. May 22-25, 2013 The Interchurc ...

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When Buddhists Oppress

Surprise: Buddhists are not morally pure and blameless. We participate in systems of injustice, both directly and indirectly. But while we work to undermine these systems, can Right Speech and Right Action afford to be gentle when acute violence is being enacted? (And what considerations should be made when criticizing others from a position of privilege within the United States?) Burma (Myanmar) has made t ...

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Newly Launched: DecolonizingYoga.com

Yoga: Not Just For Young, Skinny White Girls. A Trans Guy Walks Into a Yoga Class. Project Bendypants: Practicing Yoga While Fat. Just a few intriguing titles from popular articles in a new online project: Decolonizing Yoga. Remember the controversy over Yoga Journal and the Hyatt boycott?  And how some yoga practitioners staged an asana protest outside the hotel?  That compassionate confrontation is the or ...

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Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu

Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu Oakland Museum of California March 16-June 30, 2013 The San Francisco Bay Area painter and installation artist Hung Liu has long been one of my favorite visual artists. I had a chance to visit a survey exhibit of her work at the Oakland Museum of California during the museum’s free First Sunday, and was not disappointed. I first became aware of Liu’s art when I encounte ...

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Assata’s Invitation To Wake Up

People get used to anything. The less you think about your oppression, the more your tolerance for it grows. After a while, people just think oppression is the normal state of things. But to become free, you have to be acutely aware of being a slave. Assata Shakur (who lives in exile in Cuba, and just became the first woman on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists List) was referring to the oppression of Black p ...

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In Fullness of Time: Joanna Macy in Seattle with Webcast

  Join in an evening with Joanna Macy helping us to reconnect In Fullness of Time May 6, 6:30 - 9:30 Seattle Nalanda West, 3902 Woodland Park Ave North A web cast will be available for those who can not attend in person. In the accelerating pace and pressure of today’s tempo, we as a culture are losing touch with both our past and our future. Drawing on the Buddha Dharma as well as four decades of nucl ...

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Now Available To Members! Second Study Guide for The System Stinks

Here it is: the second installment of our year-long curriculum for Buddhist activists. Take a look inside for: An exclusive practice offering video by Rev. Keiryu Lien Shutt Political cartoons, Cultural Appropriation Bingo, and other helpful supplementary texts Our favorite pieces from April's Turning Wheel Media, with discussion questions to help us dig in more deeply An introduction to the audio recording ...

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Solidarity on International Workers’ Day

Since today is International Workers' Day, I'm taking today off to commemorate it in my own way, by reading—poetry, analysis, social theory, and history. For those who aren't familiar with the day's origins, it is a commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket massacre in Chicago. While demonstrators were on peaceful general strike for an eight-hour work day, an unknown person threw a bomb at police, resulting in po ...

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Awakening To A Web of Theft

It's been a sobering and inspiring month with you, exploring an institutional take on the Second Precept, or a Buddhist look at systemic stealing.  Thank you for joining us in this process of learning and reflection. To close out our month, and in honor of May Day tomorrow, we want to leave you with the insights of author, historian, and journalist Vijay Prashad, on the recent tragic and infuriating deaths ...

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Unravelling the Layers: Contemplating Institutionalized Stealing

As you read this, I’m looking out over the coast of California at the ocean, just south of Half Moon Bay, considering all the layers of history that allow me to be here. This location, like all of California, was first American Indian—Ohlone-Costanoan territory to be specific. In the late 18th century, The Spanish began their occupation of California with the building of missions and introduction of Europea ...

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