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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 ...

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 ...

We Have a Gabor Maté Giveaway Winner!

Today, we're excited to announce the winner of the book In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Maté: Samsarah Morgan. Thank you Samsarah, and everyone else who entered the contest! In case you missed it, some details of Dr. Maté's book are below. Even if you didn't win, we hope you're inspired to find out more about his Buddhist take on the incredibly challenging problem of ...

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Timely, Kind, Honest, and Helpful: Dialogue On Turning Wheel Media

Just want to take a moment to shout out some of the really encouraging dialogue happening on Turning Wheel right now. As we know, disagreements on the Internet, even among Buddhists, often devolve into flame wars. Here on Turning Wheel, though, I'm grateful and inspired to have witnessed the exchange in comments on Nichola Torbett's piece, Recovery From the Dominant Culture, particularly between Nichola and ...

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Chinese Medicine: Are We Getting Too “Authentic”?

As Chinese medicine takes root in a new soil, practitioners have been dealing with questions of how to adapt this medicine to a new population.  There are also questions of what Chinese medicine is, or what authentic Chinese medicine is.  And in the quest for authenticity, there is a rising movement in the U.S. to reject the model of Chinese medicine as practiced in China today – in hospitals, integrated wi ...

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Sexual Harassment Strike In Cambodian Gap Supplier Factory

Did you know that over 2,500 Cambodian garment workers protesting sexual harassment went on an illegal strike and occupied their factory last month? I'm a little late on this inspiring story (just found out about it through this wonderful summary of workers' struggles in August in East and Southeast Asia), but damn is it awesome. And while the sexual harassment charges against manager Faruk Ahamed are still ...

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Is the Interdependence We Have the Interdependence We Need?

I get nervous — ornery, even — when I hear a boatload of Buddhist sweet talk about "interdependence." From what I've seen, interdependence has gained currency as a feel-good word, associated with a pleasant subjective experience of expansiveness, connection, and love. But it can be incredibly misleading when disconnected from an understanding of power. Maybe that's why I find myself intrigued by this video ...

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Awakening Wednesday: Mitt Romney, the Buddha, and the 47 Percent

On September 17 Mother Jones released secret video taken at a Romney fundraiser. In one of the most widely-publicized quotes from the video, Romney discusses the 47 percent of Americans who, either through deductions or low income, pay no income taxes: There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon g ...

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Not-So-Secret Buddhist Reveal and Book Giveaway: Gabor Maté

Are you a fan of the work of physician Gabor Maté? Yep. So are we. And so is Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine, who says of him: “Gabor Maté’s connections—between the intensely personal and the global, the spiritual and the medical, the psychological and the political—are bold, wise and deeply moral. He is a healer to be cherished…” And that's why we're excited to give away a signed copy of his late ...

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The Reluctant Acupuncturist

Growing up, I never wanted to be an acupuncturist. My mother’s acupuncture practice took her away from me, and wore her down until she collapsed each night, begging me to step on her back. At best, I viewed acupuncture as a necessary evil. Without acupuncture we would not have anything to eat but the wind, she would say, demonstrating with wheezes for dramatic effect. I was going to be a scientist – a physi ...

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Racist Nationalist Buddhism: A Challenge For Aung San Suu Kyi?

Wondering people's thoughts on this article, which argues that Buddhism as official state religion and cultural marker is playing a conservatizing and at times deadly racist role in Burma.  (Similar to Christianity in the U.S., let's not forget). Suu Kyi has a Buddhism problem. Specifically, she faces an obstacle in the chauvinism and xenophobia of Burma's Theravada culture, which encourages a sense of raci ...

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ACTION ALERT: Anti-Pipeline Sit-In Outside BC Parliament

Heads up (via Jill Baptist on the BPF Facebook page — thanks, Jill!): Tzeporah Berman, Stephen Lewis, David Suzuki, Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben will be among 80 high-profile public figures sitting outside the BC parliament on October 22 to protest tar sands pipelines and oil tankers along the west coast. The sit-in protest is expected to be the largest act of peaceful civil disobedience on the issue to da ...

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