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Practice in Transformative Action: Bay Area training program

Practice in Transformative Action: Bay Area training program

Mushim Ikeda, contributor to BPF's The System Stinks curriculum, is launching another year of the Practice in Transformative Action (PiTA 2) yearlong program at East Bay Meditation ...

BPF Summer Gathering Schedule

BPF Summer Gathering Schedule

The BPF Summer Gathering will bring together Buddhists and activists from over 20 states and multiple countries, for dialogues, meditation, and training in nonviolent direct action ...

ACTION ALERT: This Workers’ Center Was Told To Cut Ties With Marriage Equality Allies, Or Lose $75,000. Show Them They Did The Right Thing.

ACTION ALERT: This Workers’ Center Was Told To Cut Ties With Marriage Equality Allies, Or Lose $75,000. Show Them They Did The Right Thing.

"In this place, everyone is welcome." These were the words of Romeo Sosa, the Executive Director of VOZ this week, in front of the small trailer in southeast Portland, Oregon, wher ...

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Third Noble Truth and the Possibility of Collective Liberation

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Third Noble Truth and the Possibility of Collective Liberation

[TRIGGER WARNING: This post contains information that may be disturbing to survivors of sexual assault.]   “For Warmth” by Thich Nhat Hanh (from Zen Poems)   I hold my fa ...

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and The Third Noble Truth

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and The Third Noble Truth

“Great is the matter of birth and death, quickly passing, passing, gone. Awake, awake, each one, awake. Don’t waste this life.” This is the message written on the Han, a wooden ins ...

Hoping To Survive In Gaza

Hoping To Survive In Gaza

“I don't know what else to say. I think we are going to die. It makes me sad that I cannot protect the child I made, I can't protect him from these missiles. I just can't. I don't ...

Interview: Lizandra Vidal, Ayiti Yoga

Interview: Lizandra Vidal, Ayiti Yoga

Lizandra Vidal and I did our yoga teacher training together back in 2011, in Washington, DC. I'm very excited to have reconnected with her and learn what she's up to — teaching yog ...

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Joanna Macy, & Ven. Pannavati Bhikkhuni (VIDEO)

At last!  The much-anticipated video interview with three beloved Buddhist leaders, addressing big questions in engaged Buddhism. What is the role of not-knowing?  How do we overcome individualism in our practice?  By what means might our practice actually improve our change-making efforts? Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi (right) is a New York-based ordained monastic who co-founded the well-known Buddhist Global Relief, ...

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the force of 7 billion tons of gooey heart. part I.

Reposted with permission from in the process of being. we are tired of capitalism forcing us to deplete ourselves. we are exhausted of self being taken from self, of time being used for gains senses will never touch, taste, see, hear or feel, of being killed day in and resurrected day out. capitalism is no walk through cherry blossoms, no bare feet on bending grass; it is never the multiplicity of what brin ...

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Anonymous Declares Nonviolent War On Israeli Cyberspace

When I heard about the latest outbreak of bombings on Gaza, in my powerless frustration I wished for an Off Switch.  If only we (collective we) could hold hostage some precious cargo (ports? weapons labs? Twinkies?), maybe we could force the airstrikes to cease.  Better yet, Israel might experience a sudden change of heart about the whole occupation thing, dissolving itself as a state entirely. Improbable, ...

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Can Meditating Cure Violence? Scofield Says No

Questioning His Holiness the Dalai Lama's now-famous assertion that “If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation,” scholar, yoga instructor, and activist Be Scofield offers historical evidence and personal experience testifying that, far from a panacea for interpersonal and institutional harmdoing, spiritual practice is ethically neu ...

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Another World is Possible

"Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." - Arundhati Roy Imagine a world in which thousands of people trained in both political transformation and Buddhist practice are helping the arc of history bend toward liberation. It was just a month ago when we shared this vision with you. We knew we were dreaming a big dream, one much bigger than we could acc ...

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BPF talks Non-Violence with the Venerable Bhikkhu Buddharakkhita

If someone attacks you on the street, can you use non-violent means to respond? What if they foreclose your house? Or invade your country? With "The System Stinks", our 2013 series of dialogues, we're going to be talking about tough systemic issues like this, and whether non-violence is enough to tackle them. To help us, we'll be talking with some very wise and learned Buddhists, who have been through some ...

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I Hate The System Stinks

Debate As Friend, Not Enemy Hate the title? Join the conversation! I was talking with my friend Jenn on a weekday morning walk through her neighborhood. She told me, "You know I support you and I've supported Buddhist Peace Fellowship for many years. But I have to be honest with you. I'm having a hard time getting behind this new initiative, The System Stinks." She's not the only one we've heard this from. ...

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Generous Giving to Abolish Debt? UK News Profiles Rolling Jubilee

More and more excited about Turning Wheel's focus on Debt & Dharma next month! Would love a Buddhist take on this project, Strike Debt / Rolling Jubilee, which hopes to raise $50,000 to abolish $1 million worth of debt. Sounds intriguing, no? From today's UK Telegraph: A group of campaigners linked to the Occupy Wall Street movement is buying-up distressed loans for pennies in the pound and cancelling t ...

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Preparing for Disaster from New Orleans to New York

As blizzards follow on the heels of Hurricane Sandy on the US East Coast, and NY public housing agencies leave tenants stranded in hellish blackout conditions, we're reminded of MacArthur Genius awardee Junot Díaz's emphasis on reinterpreting so-called "natural disasters" as social disasters.  On this topic, the following is a meditation on climate change and social transformation, from scholar, facilitator ...

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