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Apply Now! Block, Build, Be Retreat 2017

Apply Now! Block, Build, Be Retreat 2017

Go deeper into BPF's unique ecology of spirituality and social justice, in our 2nd annual Block, Build, Be leadership retreat: blocking harm and oppression, building new worlds, an ...

Make Meetings a Refuge

Make Meetings a Refuge

"Those might be the nicest things people have ever said to me," a BPF board member reflected sincerely as we closed our yearly board and staff retreat with a circle of appreciation ...

Refuge in the Truth of Change: Session 2 of Refuge & Resistance

Refuge in the Truth of Change: Session 2 of Refuge & Resistance

How can we find a sense of refuge in a world that keeps on changing? What does it mean to both accept the truth of change, and contribute to shaping change? And how can refuge supp ...

When MLK Jr. Rejected “Obnoxious Peace”

When MLK Jr. Rejected “Obnoxious Peace”

As an organization with "Peace" in our name, we are often misunderstood. On MLK Day, let's clarify some things. ...

Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge: Session 1 of Refuge & Resistance

Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge: Session 1 of Refuge & Resistance

What do the Three Jewels of refuge look like in today's political world, as people become more desperate for safety? ...

Start the New Year with Refuge & Resistance

Start the New Year with Refuge & Resistance

All beings deserve refuge, but oppression requires resistance. Can we do both? Welcome to our January 2017 series, brand-new from BPF. ...

Surviving Auschwitz, Resisting Trump, Staying Open

Surviving Auschwitz, Resisting Trump, Staying Open

This week visiting home, I'm pulled to revisit some family papers. Today, under Trump's ascendancy, I am the exact same age as my grandfather was in Austria, when Hitler rose to po ...

The Stinkiest Stealing is Legal: Three Top Ten Lists

By Jeff Gee A. Top Ten Forms of Illegal Theft Grand Theft Auto Home and Office Burglary Cheating on Taxes Shoplifting from Department Stores Embezzlement Pickpocketing Pirating DVDs Swiping Office Supplies Calling In Sick When You’re Really Not Stealing the Little Kid’s Lunch Money These are crimes we commit against each other. They hurt the perpetrator as well as the victim. B. Top Ten Forms of Legal Larce ...

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Qallunology 101: A Lesson Plan for the Non-Indigenous

Cease to do evil, then learn to do good By Derek Rasmussen (thanks to Dru Oja Jay for editing help) Indigenous people are at the front lines of some of the largest environmental battles of the current era, from tar sands in Alberta to rainforests in the Amazon. Naturally, some non-Indigenous people want to help out. The well-intentioned and progressive point of view seems often to be, "we need to understand ...

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Call For Submissions: Sex, Gender, Power

Native American feminist scholar and activist Andrea Smith argues, “In order to colonize peoples whose societies are not based on social hierarchy, colonizers must first naturalize hierarchy through instituting patriarchy.” In the third installment of The System Stinks, a systemic look at the Five Precepts of Buddhist ethical conduct, we’re facing the ways in which hierarchies of sexuality and gender have b ...

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Everything is Stolen, What Now?

Like many who grew up in a settler colony such as the United States, I didn't really know what it meant to live on stolen land until I made it my business to find out. Ironically, those who benefit from conquest are often ignorant of the blood under their feet, and the privileges they have as a result. I grew up in occupied Lenape territory, lived in occupied Ohlone territory for many years, and currently l ...

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Mi Corazón no es ilegal! (Un Poema de Olivia Donaji-De Pablo)

Hello dear TWM readers, and welcome to an April of studying institutionalized theft!  During our year-long, crowdsourced curriculum The System Stinks, we're taking an unusual, systemic look at the Five Precepts of Buddhist ethics.  This month, it's all about the Second Precept: often translated as "I vow to abstain from stealing," and also understood as an invitation to practice generosity. Practicing gener ...

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Multi-Dimensional Activista Juggernautva™: Claim Yours!

Multi-Dimensional Activista Juggernautva™ ***** (121 customer reviews) Price: Email for amazing savings & FREE shipping In Stock. [divide] Product Description Multi-dimensional Activista Juggernautva. Enhance your protest, home, garden, car, or body with the most awesome Socially Engaged Buddhist product ever, symbolizing peace, harmony, love, balance, simplicity, healing, beauty, ease, and all other po ...

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Pilgrimages: Walking With Your Demons

In early 2001 I took part in a very small slice of an interfaith walking pilgrimage to twenty-two prisons and jails in California, the 500-mile California Prison Dharma Walk. It started in Oakland and went first to San Quentin State Prison, and wound inland through Fresno, Riverside, and Los Angeles, eventually ending at Lompoc Federal Correctional Complex. My brief participation was in the trek to San Quen ...

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On Finding An Appropriate Response to Climate Change

A monk asked Yun Men, “What are the teachings of a whole lifetime?” Yun Men said, “An appropriate response.” The Compassionate Earth Walk traces the Keystone XL route through the Great Plains. The ancient practice of pilgrimage responds to present and future environmental catastrophe, focusing on its causes in our own culture. We walk as a blessing to the earth and to those we meet, and as a prayer for all ...

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Fighting for Same-Sex Marriage, Divorcing State-Sanctioned Marriage

While we await the results of the US Supreme Court's consideration of "same-sex marriage," I find myself wondering why, in order for a marriage to be considered legitimate, it has to be sanctioned by a government. Why should a private relationship between people be subject to a political thumbs up or down? Since the US is a basically a culturally Christian society, it’s worth looking back at how it all happ ...

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Impermanence: The Art of Charwei Tsai

I have to admit that I don’t often encounter modern Buddhist art or poetry that I like. It’s hard to convey the insights and experiences of dhamma practice in conventional terms without relying on cliche. This is something that often happens with “spiritual” art. When I do find Buddhist art I like, it’s grounded in practical social issues, or everyday material experiences, without pretense. This is why I li ...

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