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A Roundabout Defense of the “Mandala Form” for the BPF National Gathering

A Roundabout Defense of the “Mandala Form” for the BPF National Gathering

NOTE: The recent Eco-Dharma Conference & Retreat at the Wonderwell Mounatin Refuge in Springfield, NH, featured a panel sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. After a vide ...

Revisiting the Middle Passage Pilgrimage: Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Filmmaker and “Pilgrims”

Revisiting the Middle Passage Pilgrimage: Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Filmmaker and “Pilgrims”

Hosted by Buddhist Peace Fellowship and East Bay Meditation Center SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014. 7 - 9:30 PM East Bay Meditation Center, 285 17th St., Oakland, CA 94612 Join us for th ...

The Four Noble Truths in Our World:  Truth #3: The Cessation of the Suffering of Caste

The Four Noble Truths in Our World: Truth #3: The Cessation of the Suffering of Caste

Can we imagine a world without caste? In positive terms, a social expression of nibbana might be the realization of a society in which each member can find fulfillment and be compl ...

Long Retreat Scholarships Available for Young People and People of Color

Long Retreat Scholarships Available for Young People and People of Color

Spirit Rock Meditation Center is offering an unprecedented number of scholarships for people of color and young people to attend the month-long and 2-month retreats in early 2015. ...

“Memory Is Political”: Storytelling, Movement Building, and the Third Noble Truth

“Memory Is Political”: Storytelling, Movement Building, and the Third Noble Truth

The question of the usefulness or non-relevance of “the story” is one of the great “both / ands” of living a Buddhist life. And, all human stories, descending from the most cosmic ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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Urban Farms Linked To Lower Crime Rates

Haven't had a chance to read this Mother Jones piece in full, but the photos are magnificent and I love this framing at the beginning: Looking at Schiffer's photos and talking with people involved in urban farming, I've come to realize that their efforts have less to do with providing healthy food than they do with a reclamation of sorts, taking ownership of their community and their daily lives. If you get ...

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Nourishing Poems from Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs

What if food was to daily practice what breath is to meditation?   Hello everyone — sorry today's post is so late! Been a busy day: Dawn just got back from two weeks on retreat at Spirit Rock, and we had a lot to catch up on, sitting in a backyard garden. :) To send you off to sleep dreaming of the earth and liberation (or welcome you awake, if you read this in the morning), I'm deeply glad to share po ...

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“Stop Praising Your Shiny Chains and Shackles. Disobey with Great Love.”

You have probably seen Pancho; and if you've ever met him, you probably remember.  Photographs of him being handcuffed and arrested while meditating at the Occupy Oakland encampment circulated far and wide last fall.  And Riyana Rebecca Sang, writer for Tikkun, describes him as "probably further up the road of Shambhala warriorhood than anyone else I know." While the images of Pancho's half-lotus arrest are ...

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Adrienne Maree Brown on Transformation, Personal & Political

To send us off into the weekend, I'm thrilled to share a brief reflection from one of my activist crushes: creator, writer, and organizer Adrienne Maree Brown. If you don't know her work, look it up! [Update: Adrienne Maree's beautiful website is easy to find but we're not linking to it here because at the moment it might carry some malware. In the meantime, find her on DemocracyNow!, Colorlines, and AlterN ...

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I Saw Injustice. I See Passion.

Please enjoy the second submission from artist and activist Hải Võ. As engaged Buddhist Bernie Glassman and the Zen Peacemakers Order remind us, the path to freedom includes bearing witness to joy and suffering. Traveling 2,000 miles through 8 states, the Food and Freedom riders did just that: bearing witness to the challenges, resilience, and triumph of participants in the food justice movement. Thank you ...

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