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Our Social Movements Need More Movement!

Our Social Movements Need More Movement!

A little over a week ago, I co-taught a workshop with Mushim Patricia Ikeda at the Buddhist Peace Fellowship's National Gathering entitled "Movement for Right Action: Yoga for Soci ...

Buddhists Blockade Hotel to Protest Police-Military Training

Buddhists Blockade Hotel to Protest Police-Military Training

Buddhist Peace Fellowship and allies decided to stage a group meditation blockading the doors of a Marriott Hotel in Oakland, California. The reason? Police violence and institutio ...

#3: In this Moment: When Suffering Ceases for Queer Africa

#3: In this Moment: When Suffering Ceases for Queer Africa

In my first video-essay, “The Dukkha of Loving Others: Homophobia in Africa,” I discussed how the recent rise in state-sponsored homophobia harms all Africans: those who identify a ...

A Roundabout Defense of the “Mandala Form” for the BPF National Gathering

A Roundabout Defense of the “Mandala Form” for the BPF National Gathering

NOTE: The recent Eco-Dharma Conference & Retreat at the Wonderwell Mounatin Refuge in Springfield, NH, featured a panel sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. After a vide ...

Revisiting the Middle Passage Pilgrimage: Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Filmmaker and “Pilgrims”

Revisiting the Middle Passage Pilgrimage: Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Filmmaker and “Pilgrims”

Hosted by Buddhist Peace Fellowship and East Bay Meditation Center SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014. 7 - 9:30 PM East Bay Meditation Center, 285 17th St., Oakland, CA 94612 Join us for th ...

The Four Noble Truths in Our World:  Truth #3: The Cessation of the Suffering of Caste

The Four Noble Truths in Our World: Truth #3: The Cessation of the Suffering of Caste

Can we imagine a world without caste? In positive terms, a social expression of nibbana might be the realization of a society in which each member can find fulfillment and be compl ...

Long Retreat Scholarships Available for Young People and People of Color

Long Retreat Scholarships Available for Young People and People of Color

Spirit Rock Meditation Center is offering an unprecedented number of scholarships for people of color and young people to attend the month-long and 2-month retreats in early 2015. ...

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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