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Practice in Transformation Action: Bay Area training program

Practice in Transformation Action: Bay Area training program

Mushim Ikeda, contributor to BPF's The System Stinks curriculum, is launching another year of the Practice in Transformative Action (PiTA 2) yearlong program at East Bay Meditation ...

BPF Summer Gathering Schedule

BPF Summer Gathering Schedule

The BPF Summer Gathering will bring together Buddhists and activists from over 20 states and multiple countries, for dialogues, meditation, and training in nonviolent direct action ...

ACTION ALERT: This Workers’ Center Was Told To Cut Ties With Marriage Equality Allies, Or Lose $75,000. Show Them They Did The Right Thing.

ACTION ALERT: This Workers’ Center Was Told To Cut Ties With Marriage Equality Allies, Or Lose $75,000. Show Them They Did The Right Thing.

"In this place, everyone is welcome." These were the words of Romeo Sosa, the Executive Director of VOZ this week, in front of the small trailer in southeast Portland, Oregon, wher ...

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Third Noble Truth and the Possibility of Collective Liberation

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Third Noble Truth and the Possibility of Collective Liberation

[TRIGGER WARNING: This post contains information that may be disturbing to survivors of sexual assault.]   “For Warmth” by Thich Nhat Hanh (from Zen Poems)   I hold my fa ...

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and The Third Noble Truth

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and The Third Noble Truth

“Great is the matter of birth and death, quickly passing, passing, gone. Awake, awake, each one, awake. Don’t waste this life.” This is the message written on the Han, a wooden ins ...

Hoping To Survive In Gaza

Hoping To Survive In Gaza

“I don't know what else to say. I think we are going to die. It makes me sad that I cannot protect the child I made, I can't protect him from these missiles. I just can't. I don't ...

Interview: Lizandra Vidal, Ayiti Yoga

Interview: Lizandra Vidal, Ayiti Yoga

Lizandra Vidal and I did our yoga teacher training together back in 2011, in Washington, DC. I'm very excited to have reconnected with her and learn what she's up to — teaching yog ...

Working With Contraction: Awareness Practices

This is Part 3 of a 5-part series with Vanissar Tarakali, Ph.D., a body-whisperer who offers learn-through-the-body workshops & coaching for people who are transforming our world. She teaches how to collaborate wisely with our bodies to transform trauma & sustain social change. Healing oppression facilitator & DiversityWorks trainer, Dr. Tarakali passionately practices Generative Somatics, Intui ...

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Working With Contraction: Grounding and Restoring Practices

This is Part 2 of a 5-part series with Vanissar Tarakali, Ph.D., a body-whisperer who offers learn-through-the-body workshops & coaching for people who are transforming our world. She teaches how to collaborate wisely with our bodies to transform trauma & sustain social change. Healing oppression facilitator & DiversityWorks trainer, Dr. Tarakali passionately practices Generative Somatics, Intui ...

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Working With Contraction: Practices To Sustain Social Change

Welcome to September: a month of focus on Health and Healing at Turning Wheel Media!   We're thrilled to begin this month with a weekday series of posts from body worker Vanissar Tarakali, Ph.D., who offers theoretical perspectives and practical tools for healing, influenced by Tibetan Buddhist wisdom.  We thank her so much for being with us, and thank you for reading and joining the conversation.  May you ...

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Leadership as Practice

I just celebrated my first year on the job at Buddhist Peace Fellowship. The distance traveled these past twelve months has not only been one of time. I started as Operations Manager, providing a “backbone” to Buddhist Peace Fellowship’s finances, membership, and communications. Today, I am Co-Director of BPF, focused on training and development. The transition between Operations Manager and Co-Director has ...

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Developing Leaders: Women PeaceMakers & Birth 2012

I come from the school of thought that we need all of us to step into leadership for peace and justice to become a reality. It takes leadership to name injustice. It takes leadership to organize your family, your neighbors, your friends, your community to function together in peaceful ways. It takes leadership to build collectives, organizations, and movements that have the power to change things at the sys ...

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Off the Cushion and Into the Streets

© 2012 Toni Lester Thanissara and Toni Lester met while participating in a program held at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. From the start, it was clear they shared a deep desire to show how mindfulness and spirituality-based traditions have supported their social change activism. They invited their friend, Lisa Moore from the Boston University School of Social Work, to help keep them on track. ...

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Artist Ang Tsherin Sherpa

Born in 1968 in Kathmandu, Nepal, Ang Tsherin Sherpa began apprenticing at age twelve under his father, renowned Tibetan thangka artist Master Urgen Dorje. He has also studied computer science and Mandarin in Taiwan, and Buddhist philosophy in Nepal. Now he lives in Oakland, California, painting thangkas and teaching classes in thangka painting. Are you already a longtime fan of Ang Tsherin Sherpa's work? T ...

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Military Suicide Rates Double; Army Responds with Nasal Spray

I've been sitting, looking at this blank text box, for 20 minutes. I just … don't even know what to say. Mind clouded with rage. From Katie Drummond at The Daily: Suicide among American troops has increased steadily since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In July, the number of suicides among active-duty soldiers reached 26 — more than double the number in June and the highest for any month sin ...

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Is it possible to unravel racism in mostly white US Buddhist centers?

My friend and teacher Mushim Ikeda spoke this week at San Francisco Zen Center on “Daylighting the Hidden Streams: Why Our Stories Matter” (audio here). She discussed how sharing our stories – especially stories that highlight difference - can bring to light the hidden streams of our true nature. Mushim’s talk had been planned far in advance, but it was particularly timely this week as the SFZC community wa ...

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