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Honoring Direct Action, Reframing Compassion

Honoring Direct Action, Reframing Compassion

As engaged Buddhists, are we ready for the ferocious compassion of nonviolent direct action within racial justice movements? Are we openhearted enough to hold the searing truths th ...

BPF Stands with the #ShellNo Protesters: Keep the pressure on!

BPF Stands with the #ShellNo Protesters: Keep the pressure on!

Big love to BPF Co-Director Katie Loncke for COURAGEOUS NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION in Portland #ShellNo Protests Donate today to help BPF bring more Buddhists to nonviolent direct ac ...

Katie Loncke, BPF Co-Director, at #ShellNo Protest in Portland

Katie Loncke, BPF Co-Director, at #ShellNo Protest in Portland

Holy shit. Feels good to be on a bridge in Portland this morning. Behind me and amazing comrade Kristina Flores are 13 brave people, some I'm honored to call friends, suspended fro ...

BREAKING: #ShellNo Protest Halts Arctic Drilling Vessel in Portland; Meditators Spotted on the Bridge

BREAKING: #ShellNo Protest Halts Arctic Drilling Vessel in Portland; Meditators Spotted on the Bridge

Activists rappelled off a bridge in Portland, Oregon early this morning to stop a Shell Oil vessel from heading back north to support Arctic drilling. Early morning meditators were ...

Why might the Vatican suddenly care about climate change?

Why might the Vatican suddenly care about climate change?

First, Pope Francis offers the world Laudato Si, his encyclical affirming the science behind climate change and naming our broken economic system as the key issue to fight. He even ...

May All Beings… Social Justice Portraits from Buddhist Leaders

May All Beings… Social Justice Portraits from Buddhist Leaders

We asked leaders from the First U.S. Buddhist Delegation to the White House to pose for portraits repping their most-beloved social justice or environmental issue. Teachers and lum ...

Dharma & Direct Action comes to New York City in November

Dharma & Direct Action comes to New York City in November

Join us for a weekend NYC intensive on Dharma & Direct Action, building concrete skills for compassionate confrontation. In a world tormented by racism, sexism, climate disasters, ...

Open Thread

How are you feeling today?  What would you like to share, or get off your chest? This is an open thread for anyone to share what we wish.  If you don't feel like saying anything, that's okay, too.  Plenty of time for that later. :) Wishing you happiness, ease, joy, and well being — today, and every day. ============== Photo: "Meditation By The Lake," by Hartwig Kopp Delaney.  Creative Commons License.  ...

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We Vote Every Day (A Poem by James Tracy)

Amazing how one single day can have so many meanings. For some of us in the U.S., tomorrow's elections will bring busy hours of phone banking, door knocking, waiting in line (perhaps for hours), and gathering breathlessly to watch the results.  For others, it may also be a bitter day of disenfranchisement — whether because of immigration status, a felony conviction, or dubious "voter fraud" protections.  Fo ...

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Transform Trauma, Shift the World

[Trigger warning: mention of rape, discussions of trauma.] I am needing some healing wisdom today. The past six weeks have been too much. A new website and a new campaign launch at work. Travel with family. Friends who are going through challenging transitions. Navigating the weird world of online dating. My body has officially launched a protest. It started with a rash. Then I got the sniffles. I started t ...

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Awakening Wednesday: We’re All In This Together

On Monday, Hurricane Sandy decimated New York City along with large parts of New Jersey and Connecticut. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed, and many flood victims are still waiting to be rescued. The MTA is New York City is shut down indefinitely and many in lower Manhattan still cannot go home. Some 6.5 million people are still without power across the Northeast. So far we know of about 59 casualties i ...

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Active Non-Violence and More: TWM Interviews Alan Senauke

Have you ever wondered if non-violence is really enough in the face of corporate and political violence and pollution? Many Buddhists believe in non-violence and that all beings are Buddha. But does seeing Donald Trump as Buddha move the discussion forward, or does it just give him a pass to keep doing harm? To answer these questions, we're posting a series of interviews with prominent BPF members, includin ...

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End State Murder? Not So Simple

People on death row opposing a proposition to end the death penalty. Say what? California's Prop 34, known as the Savings, Accountability, and Full Enforcement for California Act, or SAFE California Act, bills itself as a way to save money, keep people safer (from criminals), and guard against the possibility of executing an innocent person.  Sounds pretty good, right?  A win in California would appear to s ...

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Look at all the Beautiful Buddhists with Big Burning Questions!

Thank you to all the beautiful people who submitted video about your Big Buddhist Questions! It's so lovely to see the enthusiastic faces of so many people who are interested in both Buddhism and social action. We're out there! Check out our new video to see for yourself! Folks want to talk about everything from animal rights to the commons. Have a big burning question to add? Let us know in the comments! T ...

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Mushim Ikeda Interview

As you may have heard, BPF's 2013 series of dialogues, "The System Stinks" is on the way! We're going to be talking about true systemic issues, like greed enshrined in capitalism, colonialism in our mind and world, and what we can do about it. At this point, you might be wondering who exactly you'll be talking to about all this stuff. To give a glimpse into the year ahead, BPF will be posting some interview ...

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Call For Submissions: Debt and Dharma

At a debt strike action in September, Amin Husain (right) burned a statement from the IRS sent after he raided his 401k to help pay for treatment for his father's pancreatic cancer. Husain is not alone in his struggles.  Far from it. An individualist culture tends to frame debt as a primarily personal, not political issue, but in truth it's a systemic problem. Overwhelming debt has long been an issue at the ...

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Self-Care is Not Enough: Learning to Build Communities of Care

I cut my nonprofit teeth working at a rape crisis center. Crisis support for survivors of sexual violence was a constant part of the job, even though it was never my main gig. With statistics like 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men being sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime, nearly every conversation I had at work included some variation of "this happened to me/my sister/my mom/my college roommate/m ...

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