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Systemic Youth Suffering: The Twelve-Fold Path of Social Transformation

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Twelve-Fold Path of Social Transformation

When it comes to the education of low-income students of color, mindfulness can easily mystify the structure of social oppression, shifting the analysis of school reform from the s ...

Towards Collective Liberation, or Why We Won’t Stop Talking About Racism

Towards Collective Liberation, or Why We Won’t Stop Talking About Racism

Race was a central theme at BPF’s National Gathering, with offerings like: The Invisible Majority: Will the Real Asian American Buddhist Please Stand Up? Revisiting the Middle Pass ...

BPF Goes Off The Cushion with Rev. Danny Fisher

BPF Goes Off The Cushion with Rev. Danny Fisher

Don't miss Episode #3 of Danny Fisher's new Buddhist podcast series, "Off the Cushion!" Danny asks BPF's Co-Directors Dawn Haney and Katie Loncke about issues of structural racism ...

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Fourth Noble Truth

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Fourth Noble Truth

We are constantly yearning for peace and harmony. Yet, the transformation requires us to destroy a life system that we depend upon — a system that is artificially bound together by ...

Embody Fierce Compassion: Buddhists at the People’s Climate March

Embody Fierce Compassion: Buddhists at the People’s Climate March

For many years, the two preoccupations of my life, “meditation practice” and “environmental science”, were two streams that ran parallel to each other. ...

Our Social Movements Need More Movement!

Our Social Movements Need More Movement!

A little over a week ago, I co-taught a workshop with Mushim Patricia Ikeda at the Buddhist Peace Fellowship's National Gathering entitled "Movement for Right Action: Yoga for Soci ...

Buddhists Blockade Hotel to Protest Police-Military Training

Buddhists Blockade Hotel to Protest Police-Military Training

Buddhist Peace Fellowship and allies decided to stage a group meditation blockading the doors of a Marriott Hotel in Oakland, California. The reason? Police violence and institutio ...

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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Offering Ourselves To Ourselves: Is This Self-Determination?

The world's biggest new hydroelectric project has been halted after indigenous and conservation resistance, international opposition, and a Brazilian federal court order. According to The Guardian, the Belo Monte dam "is one of the pillars of Brazil's efforts to reduce dependency on fossil fuels." But the court ruled that there had been insufficient consultation with the indigenous groups that would be affe ...

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Hozan Alan Senauke’s Podcast On Upaya: The Bodhisattva’s Embrace

Former BPF Executive Director, current ED of Clear View Project, and internationally hardworking Hozan Alan Senauke is offering a podcast series at Upaya called The Bodhisattva's Embrace (the same title of his most recent book). The series sounds as grounded and illuminating as we would expect from Alan. Series Description: This program is part of our Buddhist Chaplaincy Training curriculum but is also appr ...

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Engaged Buddhist Links Amazon Movements and US Oil Fire

In her essay, engaged Buddhist Mia Murrietta of The Pachamama Alliance explores interconnectedness between the Amazon's struggles with fossil fuels and a recent oil refinery fire in California. She offers a few recommendations for how to get more informed and involved in putting people and the environment before profit. If you don't already know Mia's writing, prepare to fall in love. She rocks! ...

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Turning Wheel On Tricycle: Bodhisattva Work

Now up on the web site of Tricycle magazine, check out an interview with me (Katie), Jacks, and Everett about some of the aims and aspirations of Buddhist-based media work for collective liberation. Thanks to the folks at Tricycle for having us!  They asked us a ton of great questions: we were so excited that I think our responses were about 18 times what they could fit in the post! :) It was a pleasure and ...

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Support Sikh American Shooting Victims This Sunday & Beyond

As quickly as the news came out that 6 people were murdered during services at a Sikh temple last Sunday, speculation began about the shooter's motives. Was it racially motivated? Did the gunman mistake "peaceful" Sikhs for supposedly not-so-peaceful Muslims, as this history of violence against Sikhs since 9/11 implies? Amardeep Singh breaks down why a focus on "mistaken identity" misses the point - mass vi ...

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“Expropriating the Expropriators”

So here's where I run into questions.  On the one hand, I find this direct action by unemployed fieldworkers in Spain very inspiring and wonderful! The Spanish field workers union the SAT has gone en masse to two supermarkets to take food by direct action. Unemployed fieldworkers and other members of the union went to two supermarkets, one in Ecija (Sevilla) and one in Arcos de la Frontera (Cadiz) and loade ...

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Breathing Fumes

Today in the Bay Area, we are still feeling the effects of the toxic fire at a Chevron refinery in Richmond, California. Hundreds of people from the surrounding area have sought medical care. It's hitting folks with chemical sensitivities and asthma especially hard - some friends who live 15 miles away in Oakland are reporting difficulty breathing the toxic air. The Asian Pacific Environmental Network is re ...

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