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Block, Build, Be Leadership Retreat July 15–17

Block, Build, Be Leadership Retreat July 15–17

Do you get down at the intersection of social justice and Buddhism? Looking to build community with folks dedicated to practicing spiritual and political liberation? You're officia ...

Block, Build, and Be: Buddhism and Social Justice

Block, Build, and Be: Buddhism and Social Justice

Some of us, fiery and determined, want to BLOCK the bad stuff — put our bodies on the line against injustice and oppression, and support others in doing the same. Some of us, visio ...

Growing the Ranks of White Buddhists Against White Supremacy

Growing the Ranks of White Buddhists Against White Supremacy

For the past 2 years, I’ve been talking with white Buddhists in Oakland and across the US about how the dharma can help us dismantle racism. I'm hoping to share more of this conver ...

Dharma & Direct Action Training comes to Michigan in September

Dharma & Direct Action Training comes to Michigan in September

JOIN BPF IN EXPLORING THE INTERSECTION BETWEEN BUDDHISM AND SOCIAL JUSTICE Applications Now Open! Apply by July 18. The Environmentalist Group of the Zen Buddhist Temple, Ann Arbor ...

Are Trump Protests A Collective Form of Boundary Setting?

Are Trump Protests A Collective Form of Boundary Setting?

What would it mean to set healthy boundaries against Trump's violent rhetoric? ...

5 Ways Buddhists Can Counter Trump’s Bigotry

5 Ways Buddhists Can Counter Trump’s Bigotry

As Buddhists or spiritual people committed to justice, what can we do about hateful, ultra-conservative, quasi-fascist movements like the rise of Donald Trump? ...

Job Posting: Buddhism and Social Justice

Job Posting: Buddhism and Social Justice

Four-month position for a passionate organizer combining dharma and social justice. ...

Remembering, Every Day

As the lives of young people in occupied Palestine and occupied Tibet continue to be extinguished (click the photos for more news coverage); as state powers continue erasing the cultures of occupied and indigenous people in the U.S. and the world over; and as transgender people like Brandy Martell continue to face deadly violence — in so many interconnected struggles, part of our work in the face of loss is ...

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What’s in a Dharma Name?

As part of this month's exploration of Debt, we're paying attention to the wholesome debts we owe, including debts to our dharma lineage! Today's installment: What does it mean to receive a dharma name? How does this connect us with our lineages - both spiritual and political - in new ways? ----- At the Bodhisattva Precepts ceremony I recently participated in, the 16 participants each accepted the 10 Bodhis ...

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Graeber On Debt and Violence

A few fellow BPFers have shared this video with us on our Facebook wall, and we wanted to bump it to the front page and ask what you might think about it.  An especially provocative point, that also speaks to why we at Buddhist Peace Fellowship are interested in a subject like debt: Normally, people do favors for one another; they feel in one other's debt in this very broad sense … But when we're talking ab ...

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Are Fast Food CEOs Indebted to Workers?

According to this infographic from Fast Food Forward (the group spearheading the current organizing campaign across fast food chains in New York City), the average fast food worker makes in a YEAR less than HALF of what a fast food CEO makes in a DAY. In addition to contributing to unconscionable wealth gaps, this industry-wide situation raises helpful questions about the intersections of Buddhist ethics an ...

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Indebted To These Wise Exes

  Okay, so this is not technically about debt. But it's an amazing instance of what my friend Richard Wright called "positive cultural rituals for un-coupling." And for that I feel a debt of gratitude! Via the brilliant, Buddhist-influenced writer Mahfam Malek. ...

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Deadly Debt: Microfinance Suicides

As unwholesome debt goes, the kind that drives debtors to suicide is some of the saddest and most infuriating. While there are multiple sides to every story, and certainly many cases of microlending that appear to have happy endings, it's crucial to pay attention to the stories of people severely damaged by the practice.  Make no mistake: despite the seasonal shine surrounding major microloan businesses lik ...

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Receiving the Bodhisattva Precepts

This past Sunday, 16 practitioners in East Bay Meditation Center's year-long Practice in Action program received the Bodhisattva Precepts from the most Ven. Suhita Dharma. As a set of ethical guidelines about how to relate to other beings, the Bodhisattva Precepts are particularly important to socially engaged Buddhists as we bring our Buddhist practice into the world. As one of the practitioners who receiv ...

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Debt: Wholesome and Unwholesome

Mostly when I think of debt, the crappy kind comes to mind.  The debt that exploits people, and leads to the exploitation of other beings and the earth.  Indentured servitude.  Tenant farming.  Structural Adjustment Programs.  Debilitating student loans.  Astronomical medical debt.  The sub-prime mortgage crisis.  And, more insidiously (to echo Charles' recent observations), the exploitative debt that we ac ...

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The People Will Be Free (Palestine)

This photograph by engaged Buddhist Aneeta Mitha, "Nablus, Palestine — The People Will Be Free," will soon become one of BPF's limited-edition 2012 postcards.  It seems fitting that while we were working on creating the postcard today, news arrived that Palestine has been granted observer-state status at the United Nations. This, of course, is not the end of the struggle.  And statehood itself is not an ult ...

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