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When MLK Jr. Rejected “Obnoxious Peace”

When MLK Jr. Rejected “Obnoxious Peace”

As an organization with "Peace" in our name, we are often misunderstood. On MLK Day, let's clarify some things. ...

Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge: Session 1 of Refuge & Resistance

Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge: Session 1 of Refuge & Resistance

Welcome to our January series on Refuge & Resistance! Full intro here. Session 1:   Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge In Buddhism, we take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and th ...

Start the New Year with Refuge & Resistance

Start the New Year with Refuge & Resistance

All beings deserve refuge, but oppression requires resistance. Can we do both? Welcome to our January 2017 series, brand-new from BPF. ...

Surviving Auschwitz, Resisting Trump, Staying Open

Surviving Auschwitz, Resisting Trump, Staying Open

This week visiting home, I'm pulled to revisit some family papers. Today, under Trump's ascendancy, I am the exact same age as my grandfather was in Austria, when Hitler rose to po ...

VIDEO, AUDIO, TRANSCRIPT: BPF Reportback from Standing Rock

VIDEO, AUDIO, TRANSCRIPT: BPF Reportback from Standing Rock

Just released! Hear from a diverse crew of BPFers who went to Standing Rock this fall in solidarity with indigenous leaders against the Dakota Access Pipeline -- including YiLing C ...

4 Elements to Strengthen Us

4 Elements to Strengthen Us

As people committed to collective liberation, we are living in overwhelming, uncertain, and frightening times. Here are 4 friends we can call on. ...

Leaning Into the Unknown with BPF

Leaning Into the Unknown with BPF

Ever since November 8, I’ve felt like I’m stuck at the top of a rollercoaster. Shocked and dumbfounded by the outcome of the election, I’m suspended in mid-air — floating and waiti ...

Cover Art Contest!

Calling All Political Buddhist Visual Artists! We want to feature your breathtaking work on the five covers of our 2013 PDF series for The System Stinks. Illustrators, graf artists, graphic designers, doodlers, painters, wood block printers, calligraphers, photographers, collagists: all are welcome! We are able to offer a humble stipend of $25 per cover — though we know that artwork is in some ways priceles ...

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Call For Submissions: The Lies That Build Empire

Calling all media makers:  we'll soon be kicking off BPF's 2013 series, The System Stinks, and we need your help to make it happen!  First up on the year's list of themes: The Lies That Build Empire Observation shows us how lies cause suffering in our own lives.  And some of the lies we encounter are those entrenched in systems, power structures, laws, norms, and language. If you work hard enough, you can b ...

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In the midst of tragedies, suffering and grief how do we find peace?

Late last night (or really, early this morning), I found myself still scanning through news stories and pictures of the tragedy in Newton, CT yesterday. I felt helpless in the face of so much pain, and could feel myself slipping into what my friend Rachel describes as the "numbing distraction" of online surfing. I knew practice offered other options to me, but at 2am a numbed engagement was the best I could ...

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What’s Your Buddhist Superpower?

As Buddhists, we bring some Sensory Superpowers to our political work in the world. We taste an orange, and also taste the soil it grew in, the polluted rain that drenched it, the migrant farm worker who picked it, and all the other causes and conditions that put this orange in our mouth. We see old age, sickness, death – and we turn toward this suffering with broke-open hearts and the salve of Kwan Yin’s c ...

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What are the Bodhisattva Precepts? And other Frequently Asked Questions

We've been talking about the Bodhisattva Precepts, a set of 10 guidelines that have been passed down for centuries. We're feeling indebted to our many spiritual friends and dharma guardians who have kept these fresh and living over 2600 years. But what are the Bodhisattva Precepts? Are they like the Ten Commandments? If I take them, do I have to get rid of my leather shoes? If I take a dharma name, does it ...

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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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