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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 ...

To Liberate All Beings from the Dukkha of Deportation

To Liberate All Beings from the Dukkha of Deportation

Last year, on November 8, a member of my chosen family deported himself to Mexico. Rodolfo's courage in fighting for migrant justice reminds me of the first vow of the Bodhisattva ...

Emergency Teach-In: Buddhists Wage Peace in Korea

Emergency Teach-In: Buddhists Wage Peace in Korea

You might have heard Trump’s “fire and fury” dick-swinging toward North Korea, risking nuclear escalation. Did you also know that Won Buddhists are playing a major role for peace o ...

A New Story of Us: Storytelling, Movement Building & the 4th Noble Truth

A New Story of Us: Storytelling, Movement Building & the 4th Noble Truth

Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a ...

Robert Thurman On Self Immolations In Tibet

Via Students for a Free Tibet and Joshua Eaton. As the number of self-immolations in Tibet nears 100, Robert Thurman has released an individual statement as a leader of Tibet House US.  Also this month, Students for a Free Tibet held a North America Conference For Tibet. What do you think, BPFers?  Do you agree with Thurman's take here?  Do you have any helpful information to share with the rest of us on th ...

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What With Merely Being

What with red roses And lilies As they are And as they Will be— Those damn Flowers Merely being; And what with Poets left with what To do about that, All that language Flying by Unthought, Unthinking. Or not. What with poets Grabbing a hand- Full and thinking About it. And then There’s the flowers. Photo credit: Katrien Cattoor ----- About the Author: Rev. Dr. David Breeden has an MFA from The Iowa Writers’ ...

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2013 Conference of Engaged Buddhists and Liberation Theologians

Ever get that fist-pump gleeful feeling from buying a great used book, and then finding twenty bucks tucked between the pages?  On a spiritual level, this is how I felt this morning about an upcoming April conference at the Union Theological Seminary in New York: "Enlightenment and Liberation: Engaged Buddhists and Liberation Theologians in Dialogue."  I registered for it before I even knew that Dr. Cornel ...

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“Mindful Eating In A Fast-Food Culture?” (VIDEO)

Remember back when we asked you to send us a video of your Big Question for other engaged and political Buddhists?  Some wonderful responses wound up in our System Stinks video, and just the other day we received this bonus-surprise from one of our favorite Turning Wheel contributors.  We have such political-Buddhists crushes on you people.  Enjoy, BPFers, and we'll see you on Monday! ...

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Award-Winning Thai School: Green, Buddhist, and Private

"Life is deeper and richer than working in order to consume." So proclaims the promotional material for Panyaden, a new private elementary school in northern Thailand that combines Buddhist teachings and ecological knowledge in a half-Thai half-English education.  Highlighted recently on The Buddhist Channel, Panyaden is a fascinating effort to create holistic, Buddhist schooling that includes teaching chil ...

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We Have A Winner! 2013 Cover Art Contest

Congratulations to Andrew Cardoza, the new official cover artist for BPF's "The System Stinks" and winner of a $125 stipend!  We love the way your illustration for The Lies That Build Empire expresses the eerie greed and delusion inherent in the systemic myths of total class mobility and materialistic individualism. We look forward to featuring Andrew's illustrations on the PDF packets for each of our five ...

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Are Justice and Enlightenment Incompatible? The Yoga Journal / Hyatt Controversy

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase each other doesn't make any sense. From Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks* Yoga Journal's recent decision to hold a conference at the SF Hyatt Regency, despite an ongoing union-led boycott of the hotel chain, has prom ...

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Dharma Teacher MLK

Over the last fifteen years I have studied Martin Luther King Jr. — reading his sermons and speeches, examining his actions and strategies, and mourning his loss. We need him now more than ever. As much as any person of the 20th Century, he has been a dharma teacher for me. … I’m not talking about the King of postage stamps, sound bites, and carefully edited dreams.  In the forty-odd years since his assassi ...

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Open Letter From A Buddhist On Death Row

The Clear View Blog (a site for "Engaged Buddhism and Beyond") has published a thoughtful open letter from Buddhist author and death row inmate Jarvis Jay Masters. An Open Letter on California’s Proposition 34 — “SAFE California”— to Death Penalty Focus from Jarvis Jay Masters, an innocent man on San Quentin’s Death Row The 2012 election is over, with its victories, defeats, candidates, and propositions.  C ...

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Loneliness Stinks. Studying Together Can Help

It can be lonely out there for political activists grounded in a spiritual practice that sometimes gets pigeonholed as too “woo” for revolutionaries. Also lonely are we spiritual seekers who find the meditation cushion just isn’t enough for the liberation of all beings. That’s why it’s so refreshing to find those spaces where, those people with whom, we can bring our fuller selves. This year, as part of The ...

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