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Thinking of Korea

Thinking of Korea

What can we do in the face of the great monster of war? One small offering: extending friendship. BPFers from across the US fold and send hundreds of blue paper butterflies in soli ...

#BlockBuildBe in the Fight to Make #BlackLivesMatter

#BlockBuildBe in the Fight to Make #BlackLivesMatter

After hearing Block Build Be described at the summer retreat with BPF, organizer Aaron Goggans brought the framework home to Black Lives Matter DC. Goggans says, that Block Build B ...

What’s Next for Buddhist Peace Fellowship?

What’s Next for Buddhist Peace Fellowship?

For 40 years, Buddhist Peace Fellowship has blended Buddhist wisdom with social and ecological activism. Today, at a time when spiritual and moral fortitude are especially crucial ...

Burma’s Genocide: A Panel Discussion, Plus 5 Things You Can Do Right Now

Burma’s Genocide: A Panel Discussion, Plus 5 Things You Can Do Right Now

The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar has reached a tipping point. What can we do? BPF Board member Jess Benjamin reports back from a panel hosted by the Chicago Theological Seminary. ...

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 maternal grandfather was when Hitler rose to power ...

What’s My Role in the Revolution?

What’s My Role in the Revolution?

Have you ever wondered if you're doing enough, or doing the right things, to create true social and spiritual transformation? If so, it might be time to re-visit your role in the r ...

Rest in Power Aaron Lee, the Angry Asian Buddhist

Rest in Power Aaron Lee, the Angry Asian Buddhist

Aaron Lee, author of the blog Angry Asian Buddhist, died Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 34. BPF reflects on all we've learned, and continue to learn, from Arun’s clear ...

Dharma Teacher MLK

Over the last fifteen years I have studied Martin Luther King Jr. — reading his sermons and speeches, examining his actions and strategies, and mourning his loss. We need him now more than ever. As much as any person of the 20th Century, he has been a dharma teacher for me. … I’m not talking about the King of postage stamps, sound bites, and carefully edited dreams.  In the forty-odd years since his assassi ...

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Open Letter From A Buddhist On Death Row

The Clear View Blog (a site for "Engaged Buddhism and Beyond") has published a thoughtful open letter from Buddhist author and death row inmate Jarvis Jay Masters. An Open Letter on California’s Proposition 34 — “SAFE California”— to Death Penalty Focus from Jarvis Jay Masters, an innocent man on San Quentin’s Death Row The 2012 election is over, with its victories, defeats, candidates, and propositions.  C ...

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Loneliness Stinks. Studying Together Can Help

It can be lonely out there for political activists grounded in a spiritual practice that sometimes gets pigeonholed as too “woo” for revolutionaries. Also lonely are we spiritual seekers who find the meditation cushion just isn’t enough for the liberation of all beings. That’s why it’s so refreshing to find those spaces where, those people with whom, we can bring our fuller selves. This year, as part of The ...

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Compassionately Confronting Rape Culture: Steubenville, Ohio

By now you've probably heard about the high school football rape scandal in Steubenville, Ohio.  The case garnered national and international attention when hacktivist group Anonymous interceded in what appeared to be a cover-up: leaking horrifying Twitter posts and video created by current and former football players the night of the alleged rape. Demonstrations in Steubenville have since drawn thousands o ...

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Support A Fledgling Zen Temple in New Orleans

Happy Tuesday, BPFers!  Check out the above video and consider supporting the creation of a new temple for Mid City Zen, co-founded by BPF Board member and political Buddhist Rev. Michaela O'Connor Bono.  As Rev. Koji Dreher of MCZ says, "New Orleans deserves a practice place" for Zen.  Thanks to many generous supporters who believe in the project, they are almost halfway to their goal!  Wishing them good l ...

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Reminder: Deadline TOMORROW For Lies That Build Empire

Above, the Overpass Light Brigade engages in some Right Speech over a Wisconsin freeway.  Reminder: Turn in your spiritual submissions for The Lies That Build Empire by the end of the day Tomorrow!  Email them to us at submissions@turningwheelmedia.org.  Thank you! 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 entrench ...

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“Buddha As Political Tool”

The apt summary from political Buddhist NellaLou, who shared on Facebook this article from Al Jazeera: As part of their growing competition for influence in Asia, China and India are using the Buddha as weapon: sponsoring conferences, financing religious sites, and displaying relics in countries where the religion is widely adhered to. Read the rest of the piece here.  The above photo, from Reuters, shows t ...

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Why DIY Is Great, And Not Enough

One of the fruitful ongoing conversations that seems to crop up often, when I plot and scheme with other spiritual activists, is the relationship between building alternatives to the current system, and confronting the system and its institutions head-on. It's a really rich topic not only for discussion and theorizing, but also for practice. In this vein, I found this summary of No Local, by Greg Sharzer, p ...

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Honoring the Passing of Dr. Marlene Jones

Via Larry Yang of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the East Bay Meditation Center: With a sad heart and deepest sympathies, I share with you that our dharma family member, friend, teacher, and colleague--Marlene Jones--has passed away on at 4:51pm today. She passed with her close family surrounding her and her transition was described as "so peaceful". The family is aware of all the vigils being offered by ...

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What Classic Texts Would You Like To See for “Lies That Build Empire”?

This image (hat tip to engaged Buddhist and artist Kenji Liu) is just one of the many possible examples of a Right Speech meme that attempts to challenge one of the Lies That Build Empire. Plunking an imperialist nation-state front and center on a map is one way of sending the message: This place is the most important. A related question is whether the cartographic and ideological centrality of the US is a ...

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