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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.

BPF T-shirt Giveaway: We'll send a BPF t-shirt to one lucky, randomly-selected winner. To enter: 1) Donate to support VOZ in their principled stand, AND 2) Comment on this post (or ...

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 face between my ...

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 yo ...

The Third Noble Truth: A Glimpse of Hope

The Third Noble Truth: A Glimpse of Hope

On our tour through the Four Noble Truths and how they translate to collective suffering, the first two have taken us into a thorough dissection of the nature of suffering. If we s ...

Joanna Macy & Sulak Sivaraksa: Tickets On Sale Today

Joanna Macy & Sulak Sivaraksa: Tickets On Sale Today

BRING BOOKS IF YOU WOULD LIKE THEM SIGNED! [divide] If the world is to be healed by human efforts, I am convinced that it will be by ordinary people... People whose love for this l ...

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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Open Thread

How are you feeling today?  What would you like to share, or get off your chest? This is an open thread for anyone to share what we wish.  If you don't feel like saying anything, that's okay, too.  Plenty of time for that later. :) Wishing you happiness, ease, joy, and well being — today, and every day. ============== Photo: "Meditation By The Lake," by Hartwig Kopp Delaney.  Creative Commons License.  ...

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We Vote Every Day (A Poem by James Tracy)

Amazing how one single day can have so many meanings. For some of us in the U.S., tomorrow's elections will bring busy hours of phone banking, door knocking, waiting in line (perhaps for hours), and gathering breathlessly to watch the results.  For others, it may also be a bitter day of disenfranchisement — whether because of immigration status, a felony conviction, or dubious "voter fraud" protections.  Fo ...

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