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Systemic Youth Suffering: The Twelve-Fold Path of Social Transformation

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Twelve-Fold Path of Social Transformation

When it comes to the education of low-income students of color, mindfulness can easily mystify the structure of social oppression, shifting the analysis of school reform from the s ...

Towards Collective Liberation, or Why We Won’t Stop Talking About Racism

Towards Collective Liberation, or Why We Won’t Stop Talking About Racism

Race was a central theme at BPF’s National Gathering, with offerings like: The Invisible Majority: Will the Real Asian American Buddhist Please Stand Up? Revisiting the Middle Pass ...

BPF Goes Off The Cushion with Rev. Danny Fisher

BPF Goes Off The Cushion with Rev. Danny Fisher

Don't miss Episode #3 of Danny Fisher's new Buddhist podcast series, "Off the Cushion!" Danny asks BPF's Co-Directors Dawn Haney and Katie Loncke about issues of structural racism ...

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Fourth Noble Truth

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Fourth Noble Truth

We are constantly yearning for peace and harmony. Yet, the transformation requires us to destroy a life system that we depend upon — a system that is artificially bound together by ...

Embody Fierce Compassion: Buddhists at the People’s Climate March

Embody Fierce Compassion: Buddhists at the People’s Climate March

For many years, the two preoccupations of my life, “meditation practice” and “environmental science”, were two streams that ran parallel to each other. ...

Our Social Movements Need More Movement!

Our Social Movements Need More Movement!

A little over a week ago, I co-taught a workshop with Mushim Patricia Ikeda at the Buddhist Peace Fellowship's National Gathering entitled "Movement for Right Action: Yoga for Soci ...

Buddhists Blockade Hotel to Protest Police-Military Training

Buddhists Blockade Hotel to Protest Police-Military Training

Buddhist Peace Fellowship and allies decided to stage a group meditation blockading the doors of a Marriott Hotel in Oakland, California. The reason? Police violence and institutio ...

It Started with 31

In March of 1979, the very first Buddhist Peace Fellowship newsletter made it's way into people's mailboxes. We're incredibly indebted to these 31 activists committed to Buddhism who started this venture of Buddhist Peace Fellowship. While membership started small, the founders were sure that with a bit of outreach, Buddhist Peace Fellowship was "likely to grow like kudzu." Add your name to the list of peop ...

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Thailand’s Sulak Sivaraksa

How can we in 2012 bring about as much change as Buddhists have in the past? Today, we're presenting an interview with Sulak Sivaraksa, a Thai Buddhist who has been one of the great leaders and democracy activists in his country for decades. We hope that we can take inspiration and wisdom from accomplished leaders like him, as we move forward to new frontiers of Buddhist activism.   What project are yo ...

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Histories Behind Inspiring #IdleNoMore Movement

What better gift to give this season than to stand up, collectively, in courageous and loving defense of the earth and one's people? Canadian youth leader and activist Brigette DePape is among the many who welcome the development of a new movement. "I’m incredibly inspired by the young Indigenous women who began Idle No More to not only build in opposition to Bill C-45, which would reduce protections over w ...

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Letter To Adam Lanza, from Brother Pháp Lưu of Plum Village

Amidst a chorus of contested calls for greater gun control, better access to mental health care, and renewed attention to dysfunctional constructions of masculinity (each of which have their place, and debate about which can be educational), this powerful letter via Parallax Press adds a non-pathologizing dimension of compassion.  Would love to hear your thoughts, BPFers. —Katie Brother Phap Luu, a monastic ...

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Dreaming of Debt, Practicing P/Reparations

(Assembled by Cecilia Cissell Lucas)   Some activists have been calling for debt forgiveness for the “global south” as a form of reparations. Referring to such an act as reparations helps us to understand the absurdity of the entire concept of “global south” “debt.”  When we examine the historical circumstances of how wealth has been accumulated by some through dispossessing others, including the proce ...

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Cover Art Contest!

Calling All Political Buddhist Visual Artists! We want to feature your breathtaking work on the five covers of our 2013 PDF series for The System Stinks. Illustrators, graf artists, graphic designers, doodlers, painters, wood block printers, calligraphers, photographers, collagists: all are welcome! We are able to offer a humble stipend of $25 per cover — though we know that artwork is in some ways priceles ...

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Call For Submissions: The Lies That Build Empire

Calling all media makers:  we'll soon be kicking off BPF's 2013 series, The System Stinks, and we need your help to make it happen!  First up on the year's list of themes: 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 entrenched in systems, power structures, laws, norms, and language. If you work hard enough, you can b ...

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In the midst of tragedies, suffering and grief how do we find peace?

Late last night (or really, early this morning), I found myself still scanning through news stories and pictures of the tragedy in Newton, CT yesterday. I felt helpless in the face of so much pain, and could feel myself slipping into what my friend Rachel describes as the "numbing distraction" of online surfing. I knew practice offered other options to me, but at 2am a numbed engagement was the best I could ...

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What’s Your Buddhist Superpower?

As Buddhists, we bring some Sensory Superpowers to our political work in the world. We taste an orange, and also taste the soil it grew in, the polluted rain that drenched it, the migrant farm worker who picked it, and all the other causes and conditions that put this orange in our mouth. We see old age, sickness, death – and we turn toward this suffering with broke-open hearts and the salve of Kwan Yin’s c ...

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