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Wise Disruption: Help 5 Cities Train in Dharma & Direct Action!

Wise Disruption: Help 5 Cities Train in Dharma & Direct Action!

Sometimes wise action means blocking the doors to a police weapons expo. Support Buddhists learning dharma wisdom and nonviolent action tools for social justice. ...

BPF and the Angry Asian Buddhist

BPF and the Angry Asian Buddhist

Do Asian-American Buddhists pray to shrines for good S.A.T. scores? Buddhist Peace Fellowship board member Funie Hsu talks with Arun — creator of Angry Asian Buddhist — about Orien ...

Dig for Wisdom, Not for Oil: Buddhists Join Eco-Blockade Against Fracking

Dig for Wisdom, Not for Oil: Buddhists Join Eco-Blockade Against Fracking

Buddhists, Native Americans, and white environmentalists unite against fracking in California. ...

Big Oil is Even in Our Food – What Can We Do to Stop Them?

Big Oil is Even in Our Food – What Can We Do to Stop Them?

Personal behavior change is not enough to stop the colossal harms of Big Oil and Big Ag. So what can we do? ...

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 ...

We Have A Winner! 2013 Cover Art Contest

Congratulations to Andrew Cardoza, the new official cover artist for BPF's "The System Stinks" and winner of a $125 stipend!  We love the way your illustration for The Lies That Build Empire expresses the eerie greed and delusion inherent in the systemic myths of total class mobility and materialistic individualism. We look forward to featuring Andrew's illustrations on the PDF packets for each of our five ...

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Are Justice and Enlightenment Incompatible? The Yoga Journal / Hyatt Controversy

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase each other doesn't make any sense. From Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks* Yoga Journal's recent decision to hold a conference at the SF Hyatt Regency, despite an ongoing union-led boycott of the hotel chain, has prom ...

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Dharma Teacher MLK

Over the last fifteen years I have studied Martin Luther King Jr. — reading his sermons and speeches, examining his actions and strategies, and mourning his loss. We need him now more than ever. As much as any person of the 20th Century, he has been a dharma teacher for me. … I’m not talking about the King of postage stamps, sound bites, and carefully edited dreams.  In the forty-odd years since his assassi ...

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Open Letter From A Buddhist On Death Row

The Clear View Blog (a site for "Engaged Buddhism and Beyond") has published a thoughtful open letter from Buddhist author and death row inmate Jarvis Jay Masters. An Open Letter on California’s Proposition 34 — “SAFE California”— to Death Penalty Focus from Jarvis Jay Masters, an innocent man on San Quentin’s Death Row The 2012 election is over, with its victories, defeats, candidates, and propositions.  C ...

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Loneliness Stinks. Studying Together Can Help

It can be lonely out there for political activists grounded in a spiritual practice that sometimes gets pigeonholed as too “woo” for revolutionaries. Also lonely are we spiritual seekers who find the meditation cushion just isn’t enough for the liberation of all beings. That’s why it’s so refreshing to find those spaces where, those people with whom, we can bring our fuller selves. This year, as part of The ...

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Compassionately Confronting Rape Culture: Steubenville, Ohio

By now you've probably heard about the high school football rape scandal in Steubenville, Ohio.  The case garnered national and international attention when hacktivist group Anonymous interceded in what appeared to be a cover-up: leaking horrifying Twitter posts and video created by current and former football players the night of the alleged rape. Demonstrations in Steubenville have since drawn thousands o ...

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Support A Fledgling Zen Temple in New Orleans

Happy Tuesday, BPFers!  Check out the above video and consider supporting the creation of a new temple for Mid City Zen, co-founded by BPF Board member and political Buddhist Rev. Michaela O'Connor Bono.  As Rev. Koji Dreher of MCZ says, "New Orleans deserves a practice place" for Zen.  Thanks to many generous supporters who believe in the project, they are almost halfway to their goal!  Wishing them good l ...

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Reminder: Deadline TOMORROW For Lies That Build Empire

Above, the Overpass Light Brigade engages in some Right Speech over a Wisconsin freeway.  Reminder: Turn in your spiritual submissions for The Lies That Build Empire by the end of the day Tomorrow!  Email them to us at submissions@turningwheelmedia.org.  Thank you! The Lies That Build Empire Observation shows us how lies cause suffering in our own lives.  And some of the lies we encounter are those entrench ...

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“Buddha As Political Tool”

The apt summary from political Buddhist NellaLou, who shared on Facebook this article from Al Jazeera: As part of their growing competition for influence in Asia, China and India are using the Buddha as weapon: sponsoring conferences, financing religious sites, and displaying relics in countries where the religion is widely adhered to. Read the rest of the piece here.  The above photo, from Reuters, shows t ...

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Why DIY Is Great, And Not Enough

One of the fruitful ongoing conversations that seems to crop up often, when I plot and scheme with other spiritual activists, is the relationship between building alternatives to the current system, and confronting the system and its institutions head-on. It's a really rich topic not only for discussion and theorizing, but also for practice. In this vein, I found this summary of No Local, by Greg Sharzer, p ...

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