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Water is Life: a memorial for B.A. Naholowa’a

Water is Life: a memorial for B.A. Naholowa’a

In memory of B.A., a great water protector. Yi Ling writes about their shared island ocean connections and invaluable lessons working alongside him at the medic tent at Standing Ro ...

I Vow To Stop Police Militarization: Buddhist Eyewitness to Urban Shield

I Vow To Stop Police Militarization: Buddhist Eyewitness to Urban Shield

Buddhism teaches us to practice non-discrimination, but this does not mean ignoring cruelty, violence, racism and oppression. After witnessing Urban Shield, I vow to redouble my ef ...

Applications Now Open: Block Build Be 2018

Applications Now Open: Block Build Be 2018

Do you get down at the intersection of social justice and Buddhism? Apply today for our Block Build Be Leadership retreat, happening June 21–24, in Northern California. ...

Thinking of Korea

Thinking of Korea

What can we do in the face of the great monster of war? One small offering: extending friendship. BPFers from across the US fold and send hundreds of blue paper butterflies in soli ...

#BlockBuildBe in the Fight to Make #BlackLivesMatter

#BlockBuildBe in the Fight to Make #BlackLivesMatter

After hearing Block Build Be described at the summer retreat with BPF, organizer Aaron Goggans brought the framework home to Black Lives Matter DC. Goggans says, that Block Build B ...

What’s Next for Buddhist Peace Fellowship?

What’s Next for Buddhist Peace Fellowship?

For 40 years, Buddhist Peace Fellowship has blended Buddhist wisdom with social and ecological activism. Today, at a time when spiritual and moral fortitude are especially crucial ...

Burma’s Genocide: A Panel Discussion, Plus 5 Things You Can Do Right Now

Burma’s Genocide: A Panel Discussion, Plus 5 Things You Can Do Right Now

The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar has reached a tipping point. What can we do? BPF Board member Jess Benjamin reports back from a panel hosted by the Chicago Theological Seminary. ...

Pilgrimages: Walking With Your Demons

In early 2001 I took part in a very small slice of an interfaith walking pilgrimage to twenty-two prisons and jails in California, the 500-mile California Prison Dharma Walk. It started in Oakland and went first to San Quentin State Prison, and wound inland through Fresno, Riverside, and Los Angeles, eventually ending at Lompoc Federal Correctional Complex. My brief participation was in the trek to San Quen ...

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On Finding An Appropriate Response to Climate Change

A monk asked Yun Men, “What are the teachings of a whole lifetime?” Yun Men said, “An appropriate response.” The Compassionate Earth Walk traces the Keystone XL route through the Great Plains. The ancient practice of pilgrimage responds to present and future environmental catastrophe, focusing on its causes in our own culture. We walk as a blessing to the earth and to those we meet, and as a prayer for all ...

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Fighting for Same-Sex Marriage, Divorcing State-Sanctioned Marriage

While we await the results of the US Supreme Court's consideration of "same-sex marriage," I find myself wondering why, in order for a marriage to be considered legitimate, it has to be sanctioned by a government. Why should a private relationship between people be subject to a political thumbs up or down? Since the US is a basically a culturally Christian society, it’s worth looking back at how it all happ ...

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Impermanence: The Art of Charwei Tsai

I have to admit that I don’t often encounter modern Buddhist art or poetry that I like. It’s hard to convey the insights and experiences of dhamma practice in conventional terms without relying on cliche. This is something that often happens with “spiritual” art. When I do find Buddhist art I like, it’s grounded in practical social issues, or everyday material experiences, without pretense. This is why I li ...

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Horrors of War, Powers of Compassion

(Warning: graphic images. Photo credits Dr Samira Alani/Al Jazeera.) As Buddhists engaged in the political realm, we try to remain open yet solid.  "Not Turning Away."  In describing her teacher in the Zen tradition, one of our BPF Board members writes, "What inspires me most is his imperturbability.  He feels deeply, yet is not shocked or rattled off center." At 4 a.m. this morning, I was, I confess, leani ...

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Support the Emergence of Buddha-as-Sangha

If Thich Nhat Hanh is right that "The next Buddha, the Buddha of the West, will come as the sangha" - it is my belief that East Bay Meditation Center is leading the way to our personal and collective liberation. I invite you to support East Bay Meditation Center - by attending their star-studded upcoming event (see details below) or by making a direct donation to support EBMC's continued flourishing. Someti ...

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“The Hugest Lies Are About The Smallest Islands”: Anti-Imperialist Wisdom Shaping “The System Stinks”

[Protesters set fire to a mock model of the USS Guardian during a rally near the U.S. Embassy in Manila to demand U.S. troops pull out from the country, Jan. 21, 2013.  The USS Guardian is a U.S. Navy minesweeper that ran aground off Tubbataha Reef in southwestern Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)] When Dawn and I emailed some trusted editor-friends with a draft of the Introduction to Volume 1 of The S ...

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On Being a Deluded Buddhist

Let's admit—dhamma practice is not exactly easy. But if it was easy, our world would be very different. One of the greatest gifts of dhamma is the Buddha’s teaching on impermanence (anicca), and through practice, its realization in our individual lives. The essential fulcrum of this practice is to learn how to accept all situations as they are. As someone who has learned mostly from Theravadan teachers, my ...

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International Day of Happiness: Conference in Torino Explores Dharma and Economics

BPFer Vincenzo Giorgino and his Department of Economic and Social Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics at the State University of Torino are meeting Wednesday, March 20th on the topic of happiness and the pursuit of a good life. Interesting talks happening like: Dharma and economics Happiness-Freedom: Who suffers? From dukkha to samadhi Contemplative knowledge and economy as relational work Wish we could ta ...

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Does Your Pet Project Need a Little Cash? The Pollination Project is Funding BPF Member Projects!

Since BPF's inception in 1978, the mandala of socially engaged Buddhism has blossomed. Today's landscape of political Buddhism is rich and varied: Buddhists are working on global warming, mindfulness in prisons, organizing for freedom against colonial powers, ending global hunger, building an inclusive, social justice-oriented sangha, and accompanying Peace Communities in war-torn Colombia, among so many ot ...

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