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Practice in Transformative Action: Bay Area training program

Practice in Transformative 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 ...

Rights for Conscientious Objectors Now!

Organizations sign letter to Colombian Defense Minister demanding that conscientious objectors rights be respected Buddhist Peace Fellowship and 96 other organizations, churches and academics from Europe and the United States signed a letter to Colombian Defense Minister Juan Pinzón, expressing our deep concerns about the human rights of Colombian youth who not only are recruited by illegal armed groups but ...

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Health Theme Postponed Til September, More Time for Current Events

Hey everyone! Many thanks to all who've already submitted media for the month-long theme on Health! We were going to feature the submissions in August, right on the heels of our Food Justice month, but decided we needed a month of breathing room to return to News, Action, and Practice — on all sorts of topics. Hope you enjoy this month of up-to-the-minute Buddhist engagement. And in a fortuitous coincidence ...

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Foreclose on the Bomb: 67 Years Since Hiroshima & Nagasaki

This weekend, actions are organized across the country to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Is there an action happening in your community? Leave a note in the comments, and let us know how Buddhist activists will be involved! Bay Area / Livermore Foreclose on the Bomb, Not the People HIROSHIMA ACTION TO FORECLOSE ON THE BOMB NOT THE PEOPLE SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 2012 4:0 ...

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Thank You Cooks, Thank You Seeds

On retreat, I appreciate the opportunity to slow down at meal time. During my recent retreat, I paused before my first bite of each one of the 47 meals, and said thank you to the many beings who made the meal possible. Thank you cooks. At the retreat center, all of the cooks work without pay to provide 100 retreatants 3 meals a day. They offer this work generously, an offering to support the teachings and o ...

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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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