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We have failed

We have failed

We have failed Black boys and young Black men. Every last one of us has failed to end police killing of Black boys and men. [This was originally sent to BPF's 5000-person strong em ...

Sitting on #ShutItDown and Solidarity with Ferguson

Sitting on #ShutItDown and Solidarity with Ferguson

I'm sitting in my home in Oakland, California, meditating as police helicopters fly overhead. I am not at the protests demanding justice for Mike Brown, even though I live only a f ...

Gender Dysphoria and the Dharma

Gender Dysphoria and the Dharma

As a gender non-conforming person, I am prone to leaving my body, abandoning it, running away. Buddhist meditation helped me come back to a "buddha-nature drenched in flesh." ...

Right Anger and the Path to the End of Caste

Right Anger and the Path to the End of Caste

In the face of violence and brutality, we should develop "samma kodha" — Right Anger — for the sake of all beings. ...

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 can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity." – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer ...

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 ...

Working With Contraction: Practices To Sustain Social Change

Welcome to September: a month of focus on Health and Healing at Turning Wheel Media!   We're thrilled to begin this month with a weekday series of posts from body worker Vanissar Tarakali, Ph.D., who offers theoretical perspectives and practical tools for healing, influenced by Tibetan Buddhist wisdom.  We thank her so much for being with us, and thank you for reading and joining the conversation.  May you ...

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Leadership as Practice

I just celebrated my first year on the job at Buddhist Peace Fellowship. The distance traveled these past twelve months has not only been one of time. I started as Operations Manager, providing a “backbone” to Buddhist Peace Fellowship’s finances, membership, and communications. Today, I am Co-Director of BPF, focused on training and development. The transition between Operations Manager and Co-Director has ...

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Developing Leaders: Women PeaceMakers & Birth 2012

I come from the school of thought that we need all of us to step into leadership for peace and justice to become a reality. It takes leadership to name injustice. It takes leadership to organize your family, your neighbors, your friends, your community to function together in peaceful ways. It takes leadership to build collectives, organizations, and movements that have the power to change things at the sys ...

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Off the Cushion and Into the Streets

© 2012 Toni Lester Thanissara and Toni Lester met while participating in a program held at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. From the start, it was clear they shared a deep desire to show how mindfulness and spirituality-based traditions have supported their social change activism. They invited their friend, Lisa Moore from the Boston University School of Social Work, to help keep them on track. ...

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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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