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Now Open! BPF Gathering Aug 29-31, 2014

Now Open! BPF Gathering Aug 29-31, 2014

BPF National Gathering August 29–31, Oakland, California [divide style="2"] Send us your Mandala Form before May 16th to qualify for Early Bird discounts! (a limited number of scho ...

Meet Todd: Buddhist, Trucker, Organizer.

Meet Todd: Buddhist, Trucker, Organizer.

Todd felt that “inner nudge.” You know the one. The one suggesting, then demanding, that you practice peace beyond the meditation cushion. The one longing for a community that beli ...

How We Caused (and perpetuate) the African Homophobia we now Decry

How We Caused (and perpetuate) the African Homophobia we now Decry

How We Caused (and perpetuate) the African Homophobia we now Decry   [divide style="2"] Transcript forthcoming — TWM apologizes for the delay and thanks you for your patience! ...

What Would the Buddha Do?

What Would the Buddha Do?

"David Loy's new blog pulls no punches. Jumping off from the recent IPCC climate disruption report, he engages us deeply with the profound questions of whether and how Buddhadharma ...

What We Ignore Makes Us Ignorant

What We Ignore Makes Us Ignorant

  Storytelling, Movement Building, and the Second Noble Truth By Mushim Ikeda [divide] We were taking an easy family hike in Tilden Park, in the hills above Berkeley, California, a ...

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Second Noble Truth

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Second Noble Truth

[Editor's Note: If you, like us, are thirsting for more socially grounded perspectives on Dharma, you can help Zenju get her beautiful, boldly peaceful meditation center, Still Bre ...

How We Show Up: Storytelling, Movement Building, and the First Noble Truth

How We Show Up: Storytelling, Movement Building, and the First Noble Truth

For me, there’s an often missing and crucial piece of the puzzle in socially engaged Buddhist dialogues, both in person and especially in online dialogues where we express our view ...

Happy 70th Birthday Roshi Joan Halifax

Happiest of birthday wishes to our dear friend and teacher, Roshi Joan Halifax of Upaya Zen Center! Thank you for being a leader of socially engaged Buddhism for so many years! My very first Buddhist retreat was at Upaya in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Some friends of the nonprofit rape crisis center I directed offered to send me to Upaya to attend a Fundraising from the Heart workshop with Lynne Twist. While I le ...

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Secret Buddhist Reveal and Book Giveaway: Bryant Terry (VIDEO)

Brilliant and historically grounded Afro-Diasporic recipes — like Sweet Coconut Ginger Creamed Corn, Jamaican Veggie Patties, and Collard Confetti — are reason enough to appreciate the work of eco-chef and cookbook author Bryant Terry. And there's also his fabulous food justice activism, including a web series that highlights urban farms in communities that need them most. But did you know that Terry also d ...

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Whealthy Human Villages

"We're very cold, and they took the stove away from us. It's way below zero and we're freezing. A lot of people have died." Letter from a Dakota prisoner of war, 1862-63 How do you destroy a community? Take away its stoves. Destroy the collective fires, the hearths, the places where people gather, cook, eat and dream together. Kill the leaders, and let the rest die off or suffer from contagious illnesses an ...

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Great Doubt

I never have any idea what might come up when I enter a meditation retreat. It's part of the form of Insight meditation that I practice - be open to and just notice whatever arises. I spent many days on my 16 day retreat hanging out with the great hindrance of doubt. Is that a sign of my failed practice, or just something to investigate thoroughly along my path? Beaming lots of metta to all beings ~ Dawn Tr ...

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Zen Buddhist Temple in Pennsylvania Endangered by Natural Gas Fracking

I lived in the Four Corners region before moving out to the Bay Area, another site in the US where fracking is being used to dangerously extract natural gas from the earth. The toxic contamination from fracking is painful to witness - as you'll read below, in Pennsylvania they are seeing dead deer and geese, diseased fish, and a purple squirrel. Our dharma friends at the Mount Equity Zendo are facing a dire ...

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Your Thoughts On The News About Burma?

I'll be honest: this morning's news was the first time I learned about the conflict in Burma involving the Muslim Rohingya group, the government, and Rakhine Buddhists. So I'm hesitant to make any sort of statement beyond generalities of wishing everyone well. But I know these events are important to me and my communities, even though the news of them comes to me filtered through many layers of perspective, ...

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Urban Farms Linked To Lower Crime Rates

Haven't had a chance to read this Mother Jones piece in full, but the photos are magnificent and I love this framing at the beginning: Looking at Schiffer's photos and talking with people involved in urban farming, I've come to realize that their efforts have less to do with providing healthy food than they do with a reclamation of sorts, taking ownership of their community and their daily lives. If you get ...

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Nourishing Poems from Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs

What if food was to daily practice what breath is to meditation?   Hello everyone — sorry today's post is so late! Been a busy day: Dawn just got back from two weeks on retreat at Spirit Rock, and we had a lot to catch up on, sitting in a backyard garden. :) To send you off to sleep dreaming of the earth and liberation (or welcome you awake, if you read this in the morning), I'm deeply glad to share po ...

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“Stop Praising Your Shiny Chains and Shackles. Disobey with Great Love.”

You have probably seen Pancho; and if you've ever met him, you probably remember.  Photographs of him being handcuffed and arrested while meditating at the Occupy Oakland encampment circulated far and wide last fall.  And Riyana Rebecca Sang, writer for Tikkun, describes him as "probably further up the road of Shambhala warriorhood than anyone else I know." While the images of Pancho's half-lotus arrest are ...

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Adrienne Maree Brown on Transformation, Personal & Political

To send us off into the weekend, I'm thrilled to share a brief reflection from one of my activist crushes: creator, writer, and organizer Adrienne Maree Brown. If you don't know her work, look it up! [Update: Adrienne Maree's beautiful website is easy to find but we're not linking to it here because at the moment it might carry some malware. In the meantime, find her on DemocracyNow!, Colorlines, and AlterN ...

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