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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. ...

Surviving Auschwitz, Resisting Trump, Staying Open

Surviving Auschwitz, Resisting Trump, Staying Open

This week visiting home, I’m pulled to revisit some family papers. Today, under Trump’s ascendancy, I am the exact same age as my maternal grandfather was when Hitler rose to power ...

What’s My Role in the Revolution?

What’s My Role in the Revolution?

Have you ever wondered if you're doing enough, or doing the right things, to create true social and spiritual transformation? If so, it might be time to re-visit your role in the r ...

Rest in Power Aaron Lee, the Angry Asian Buddhist

Rest in Power Aaron Lee, the Angry Asian Buddhist

Aaron Lee, author of the blog Angry Asian Buddhist, died Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 34. BPF reflects on all we've learned, and continue to learn, from Arun’s clear ...

Now Available To Members! First PDF of The System Stinks

It's here!  Volume 1 of The System Stinks curriculum.  Featuring discussion questions for selected media that we've featured here on Turning Wheel over the past month, plus two "classic texts" from Andrea Smith and Arundhati Roy, and practices you can do at home. After the richness of last night's phone call with Tendor and Joshua Eaton (recording and transcript forthcoming — thanks in advance to our awesom ...

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Do Police and Prisons Make Us Safer?

Morning, BPFers!  It's our last day of the month of Lies That Build Empire — can't believe it's already over.  We were holding out hope for certain pieces to come through today, but the writers need more time, and / or what they made will be better suited to feature later.  No big deal.  But we didn't want to end the month without questioning this potential big Lie: is it true that police and prisons, as in ...

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Crossing (Bridge)

As our month of Lies That Build Empire draws to a close, we wanted to share with you one of our favorite submissions for the Cover Art Contest we held last year for The System Stinks. Nigel Smith has generously offered to let us showcase his paintings: this one called "Crossing (Bridge)." [divide style="2"] Nigel Smith works mostly in oils although his practice also encompasses photography and Photoshop wor ...

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“My Lover, Monsanto” and Other Poems

My Lover, Monsanto   My lover, Monsanto, who owns the garden who does me well by choosing the seeds, is out in the fields, sweeping the dead away so that our love can grow some more. Who owns the garden? my lover, Monsanto, who is out in the fields poisoning the soil so the food will grow. Who does me well? my lover Monsanto of course, who is out in the fields as I lie here in waiting for the August wi ...

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The Fraud of Jobs

by Stephen Fortunato Lies abound. There are the mostly benign “white lies” of the insincere compliment or the fabrication to avoid a social obligation, and there are the grander and more poisonous ones that can shape and undergird an entire political culture, or at least its dominant class. Some lies eventually assume the status of myth or religious doctrine: for example, the United States is always a force ...

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Arundhati Roy on the Deceptiveness of Development

Not content to merely debunk "Lies That Build Empire," Arundhati Roy transforms that imperialist bunk into material for gripping storytelling.  Her research and masterful writing on India's ongoing economic development raises powerful questions about the myth of progress: who benefits from development, whose lives are destroyed, and who decides to resist the "advancement" that is actually immiserating milli ...

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My Military Service, and Awakening To An Empire Of Lies

Of Lies and Empires By Joey B. King   “I have decided to henceforth say nothing that is not true,” said the student. “I’ll miss your voice,” replied the Zen master. [divide style="2"] I discovered the writings of Jeff Knaebel a few years ago. He was a US citizen who left the country of his birth in the mid-1990’s for a life of voluntary self-exile in India. Knabel wrote a lot about truth and the nature ...

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BPFer Dharma Talk On DC Climate Change Rally (Audio)

BPFer Taigen Dan Leighton of Chicago kindly shared with us his dharma talk reporting back from the Forward On Climate Change rally last week.  Have a listen!  Lots of useful information, including in the Q&A discussion at the end.  (Sorry, we don't have a transcript for this one...) From Dan himself: This was a rally opposing development of the Keystone XL pipeline, which has been described by NASA scie ...

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Can Mindfulness Change a Corporation?

The letter that follows is self-explanatory. Last October I sent it to Mr. George three different ways – to two email accounts and by post to his office. Unfortunately, he has not responded, so after some deliberation I’ve decided to express my concerns publicly. I want to emphasize that the issue is not personal: that is, I’m not attacking Mr. George himself, who (according to what I’ve read and heard abou ...

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Lies Of Big Pharma

The System Stinks: Smell It Then Quell It! – or – Whose Pants Are On Fire, Anyway?   JEFF GEE Before we get to the breathtaking lies that permeate American culture, I’d like to explain why I agree with the Buddhist Peace Fellowship that it’s high time we Buddhists took a look at the system we live in. For some of us, The System may seem like an artificial or even irrelevant construct existing outside o ...

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