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Wise Disruption: Help 5 Cities Train in Dharma & Direct Action!

Wise Disruption: Help 5 Cities Train in Dharma & Direct Action!

Sometimes wise action means blocking the doors to a police weapons expo. Support Buddhists learning dharma wisdom and nonviolent action tools for social justice. ...

BPF and the Angry Asian Buddhist

BPF and the Angry Asian Buddhist

Do Asian-American Buddhists pray to shrines for good S.A.T. scores? Buddhist Peace Fellowship board member Funie Hsu talks with Arun — creator of Angry Asian Buddhist — about Orien ...

Dig for Wisdom, Not for Oil: Buddhists Join Eco-Blockade Against Fracking

Dig for Wisdom, Not for Oil: Buddhists Join Eco-Blockade Against Fracking

Buddhists, Native Americans, and white environmentalists unite against fracking in California. ...

Big Oil is Even in Our Food – What Can We Do to Stop Them?

Big Oil is Even in Our Food – What Can We Do to Stop Them?

Personal behavior change is not enough to stop the colossal harms of Big Oil and Big Ag. So what can we do? ...

Shut It Down: Reclaiming the Radical Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Shut It Down: Reclaiming the Radical Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The real Martin Luther King Jr. was angry about injustice, radical in his politics and militant in his tactics. Kazu Haga, dharma practitioner and Kingian nonviolence teacher, expl ...

Buddha + Black Lives Matter: A Racial Justice Reflection Toolkit

Buddha + Black Lives Matter: A Racial Justice Reflection Toolkit

Tired of pseudo-spiritual derails from #BlackLivesMatter to #AllLivesMatter? Want concrete ideas for sparking racial justice conversation in your sangha? Want the best recent Buddh ...

Social Justice and the 4 Noble Truths: 2014 Roundup

Social Justice and the 4 Noble Truths: 2014 Roundup

The System Stinks 2014: Social Justice and the Four Noble Truths Contributors (clockwise from top left): Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Mushim Ikeda, Hozan Alan Senauke, Funie Hsu, Fa ...

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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What are the Bodhisattva Precepts? And other Frequently Asked Questions

We've been talking about the Bodhisattva Precepts, a set of 10 guidelines that have been passed down for centuries. We're feeling indebted to our many spiritual friends and dharma guardians who have kept these fresh and living over 2600 years. But what are the Bodhisattva Precepts? Are they like the Ten Commandments? If I take them, do I have to get rid of my leather shoes? If I take a dharma name, does it ...

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