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A New Story of Us: Storytelling, Movement Building & the 4th Noble Truth

A New Story of Us: Storytelling, Movement Building & the 4th Noble Truth

"Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity." – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer ...

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Twelve-Fold Path of Social Transformation

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Twelve-Fold Path of Social Transformation

When it comes to the education of low-income students of color, mindfulness can easily mystify the structure of social oppression, shifting the analysis of school reform from the s ...

Towards Collective Liberation, or Why We Won’t Stop Talking About Racism

Towards Collective Liberation, or Why We Won’t Stop Talking About Racism

Race was a central theme at BPF’s National Gathering, with offerings like: The Invisible Majority: Will the Real Asian American Buddhist Please Stand Up? Revisiting the Middle Pass ...

BPF Goes Off The Cushion with Rev. Danny Fisher

BPF Goes Off The Cushion with Rev. Danny Fisher

Don't miss Episode #3 of Danny Fisher's new Buddhist podcast series, "Off the Cushion!" Danny asks BPF's Co-Directors Dawn Haney and Katie Loncke about issues of structural racism ...

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Fourth Noble Truth

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Fourth Noble Truth

We are constantly yearning for peace and harmony. Yet, the transformation requires us to destroy a life system that we depend upon — a system that is artificially bound together by ...

Embody Fierce Compassion: Buddhists at the People’s Climate March

Embody Fierce Compassion: Buddhists at the People’s Climate March

For many years, the two preoccupations of my life, “meditation practice” and “environmental science”, were two streams that ran parallel to each other. ...

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 ...

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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Transform Trauma, Shift the World

[Trigger warning: mention of rape, discussions of trauma.] I am needing some healing wisdom today. The past six weeks have been too much. A new website and a new campaign launch at work. Travel with family. Friends who are going through challenging transitions. Navigating the weird world of online dating. My body has officially launched a protest. It started with a rash. Then I got the sniffles. I started t ...

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Awakening Wednesday: We’re All In This Together

On Monday, Hurricane Sandy decimated New York City along with large parts of New Jersey and Connecticut. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed, and many flood victims are still waiting to be rescued. The MTA is New York City is shut down indefinitely and many in lower Manhattan still cannot go home. Some 6.5 million people are still without power across the Northeast. So far we know of about 59 casualties i ...

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Active Non-Violence and More: TWM Interviews Alan Senauke

Have you ever wondered if non-violence is really enough in the face of corporate and political violence and pollution? Many Buddhists believe in non-violence and that all beings are Buddha. But does seeing Donald Trump as Buddha move the discussion forward, or does it just give him a pass to keep doing harm? To answer these questions, we're posting a series of interviews with prominent BPF members, includin ...

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End State Murder? Not So Simple

People on death row opposing a proposition to end the death penalty. Say what? California's Prop 34, known as the Savings, Accountability, and Full Enforcement for California Act, or SAFE California Act, bills itself as a way to save money, keep people safer (from criminals), and guard against the possibility of executing an innocent person.  Sounds pretty good, right?  A win in California would appear to s ...

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