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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 ...

A Song to Stop Urban Shield

A Song to Stop Urban Shield

The 1999 WTO protests in Seattle marked the beginning of what has become a rapid militarization of U.S. police departments all across the country. BPFers in the Bay Area decided to ...

When You Picture U.S. Buddhists, Do You Think Of Me?

When You Picture U.S. Buddhists, Do You Think Of Me?

Re-visibilizing Asian Americans in Buddhism is a precious opportunity. It can mean opening up, anchoring in hard historical truths, and bearing witness to an array of stories, voic ...

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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Favorite Classics on Theft of Land, Culture, Time?

As we study institutionalized theft in this second theme of The System Stinks, what are some of the classic texts that you've found helpful in understanding systemic theft? We're especially interested in the three forms of theft we've chosen for study this month: theft of land, culture, and time. Theft of Land: Media on colonization, Manifest Destiny, indigenous organizing, sovereignty, expropriation Theft ...

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Qallunology 201: We are the First De-Indigenized Civilization

By Derek Rasmussen This year, the Idle No More movement focused on Earth Day to bring attention on the links between Indigenous issues and the environmental movement. Events leading up to Earth Day included an impressive ‘Nation2Nation’ dialogue between Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabeg leaders like Ellen Gabriel and Leanne Simpson and Canadian activist Naomi Klein in Toronto [videos linked here and here]. Rus ...

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