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I Arrived At The White House…  And Didn’t Go Inside.

I Arrived At The White House… And Didn’t Go Inside.

If you were invited into the White House, would you automatically say Yes? Why? ...

Can we critique US militarism when we benefit from it?

Can we critique US militarism when we benefit from it?

This is an open letter to Brad Warner of Hardcore Zen who critiqued BPF's banner action in front of the White House this week. ...

BPF Joins first-ever U.S. White House Buddhist Leaders Conference

BPF Joins first-ever U.S. White House Buddhist Leaders Conference

BPF Co-Director Katie Loncke and Board member Sierra Pickett from Oakland, CA, have been asked to join the first-ever U.S. Buddhist White House Conference and give a presentation o ...

Seeds of Mindful Resistance: BPF Joins “Occupy the Farm”

Seeds of Mindful Resistance: BPF Joins “Occupy the Farm”

Life for an activist would be boring indeed if all we ever did was shout, protest, fume, and fulminate. At BPF we embrace anger, yes, but also agency. The power to build and cultiv ...

Dawn Haney featured on Women Hold Up Half the Sky with Della Duncan

Dawn Haney featured on Women Hold Up Half the Sky with Della Duncan

On Dawn’s professional and personal journey to the Director role, BPF as an institution, and current issues and topics within mindfulness and Buddhism — including racism, community ...

The Dharma of Harm Reduction

The Dharma of Harm Reduction

"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." —His Holiness the Dalai Lama ...

How Does Practice Transform Us and Our World?

How Does Practice Transform Us and Our World?

We are always practicing something, whether we are conscious of it or not. By becoming conscious of what we practice and intentionally choosing to practice something new, we can tr ...

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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Honoring the Passing of Dr. Marlene Jones

Via Larry Yang of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the East Bay Meditation Center: With a sad heart and deepest sympathies, I share with you that our dharma family member, friend, teacher, and colleague--Marlene Jones--has passed away on at 4:51pm today. She passed with her close family surrounding her and her transition was described as "so peaceful". The family is aware of all the vigils being offered by ...

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What Classic Texts Would You Like To See for “Lies That Build Empire”?

This image (hat tip to engaged Buddhist and artist Kenji Liu) is just one of the many possible examples of a Right Speech meme that attempts to challenge one of the Lies That Build Empire. Plunking an imperialist nation-state front and center on a map is one way of sending the message: This place is the most important. A related question is whether the cartographic and ideological centrality of the US is a ...

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You Left Before Our Dinner, Old Friend

Apologies for the lapse last Friday, BPFers! We're now back to our regular schedule of weekday updates. May you enjoy this contribution from Angie Boissevain; Angie, thank you for sharing with us at Turning Wheel. You Left Before Our Dinner, Old Friend Angie Boissevain   I’m bereft without your face, especially your eyes, always large with sympathy, and your wide Greek lips eager with talk. Our speakin ...

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