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Joanna Macy & Sulak Sivaraksa: In Conversation at BPF’s National Gathering

Joanna Macy & Sulak Sivaraksa: In Conversation at BPF’s National Gathering

BPF's National Gathering was one of the jewels of 2014, an unprecedented convening of Buddhist activists from across the US. In our Keynote Event, BPF elders Joanna Macy and Ajahn ...

Which Side Are You On?

Which Side Are You On?

As terrible as the Michael Brown and Eric Garner grand jury decisions have been, they are serving the purpose of waking up a lot of people who have been oblivious to or in denial o ...

Being Mindful of Race, Some Resources From Ruth King

Being Mindful of Race, Some Resources From Ruth King

Want to know how you can be more mindful around race and racism? Here's a helpful list of resources from dharma teacher Ruth King. ...

The Path to Cessation of Suffering

The Path to Cessation of Suffering

By the time we arrive at the Fourth Noble Truth, the Buddha offers us the medicine that helps to bring an end suffering. He teaches it as the Eightfold Path, a set of interdependen ...

Buddhism or the Movement?

Buddhism or the Movement?

The night of the Ferguson grand jury verdict, I faced an unsavory, familiar choice. Buddhism, or the movement? ...

We have failed

We have failed

Every last one of us has failed to end police killing of Black boys and men. ...

iStrike: Why Should Buddhists Care About Resistance at Foxconn?

Whether from The Daily Show or the morning papers, by now everyone knows about the deplorable working conditions of Foxconn, the company that manufactures Apple products. 250,000 petition signatures, delivered to Apple in six cities back in February, seem to have done little to improve the situation. Luckily, Foxconn workers continue to take matters into their own hands. via Lauren Indvik at Mashable: Some ...

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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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