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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 ...

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 ...

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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Look at all the Beautiful Buddhists with Big Burning Questions!

Thank you to all the beautiful people who submitted video about your Big Buddhist Questions! It's so lovely to see the enthusiastic faces of so many people who are interested in both Buddhism and social action. We're out there! Check out our new video to see for yourself! Folks want to talk about everything from animal rights to the commons. Have a big burning question to add? Let us know in the comments! T ...

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Mushim Ikeda Interview

As you may have heard, BPF's 2013 series of dialogues, "The System Stinks" is on the way! We're going to be talking about true systemic issues, like greed enshrined in capitalism, colonialism in our mind and world, and what we can do about it. At this point, you might be wondering who exactly you'll be talking to about all this stuff. To give a glimpse into the year ahead, BPF will be posting some interview ...

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Call For Submissions: Debt and Dharma

At a debt strike action in September, Amin Husain (right) burned a statement from the IRS sent after he raided his 401k to help pay for treatment for his father's pancreatic cancer. Husain is not alone in his struggles.  Far from it. An individualist culture tends to frame debt as a primarily personal, not political issue, but in truth it's a systemic problem. Overwhelming debt has long been an issue at the ...

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Self-Care is Not Enough: Learning to Build Communities of Care

I cut my nonprofit teeth working at a rape crisis center. Crisis support for survivors of sexual violence was a constant part of the job, even though it was never my main gig. With statistics like 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men being sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime, nearly every conversation I had at work included some variation of "this happened to me/my sister/my mom/my college roommate/m ...

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Buddhism and Social Justice News: 8 – 14 October 2012

Here is a roundup of Buddhism and social justice news from 8 through 14 October 2012: Go to: Tibet • Burma • Engaged Buddhism News • Engaged Buddhism Views Tibet Rare Footage Shows Extreme Measures of Tibetan Protesters - "In the remotest regions of China, inhabited by the country's Tibetan minority, an appalling uprising is under way. In the past year more than 50 monks have died after setting themselves o ...

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