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BREAKING: #ShellNo Protest Halts Arctic Drilling Vessel in Portland; Meditators Spotted on the Bridge

BREAKING: #ShellNo Protest Halts Arctic Drilling Vessel in Portland; Meditators Spotted on the Bridge

Activists rappelled off a bridge in Portland, Oregon early this morning to stop a Shell Oil vessel from heading back north to support Arctic drilling. Early morning meditators were ...

Why might the Vatican suddenly care about climate change?

Why might the Vatican suddenly care about climate change?

First, Pope Francis offers the world Laudato Si, his encyclical affirming the science behind climate change and naming our broken economic system as the key issue to fight. He even ...

May All Beings… Social Justice Portraits from Buddhist Leaders

May All Beings… Social Justice Portraits from Buddhist Leaders

We asked leaders from the First U.S. Buddhist Delegation to the White House to pose for portraits repping their most-beloved social justice or environmental issue. Teachers and lum ...

Dharma & Direct Action comes to New York City in November

Dharma & Direct Action comes to New York City in November

Join us for a weekend NYC intensive on Dharma & Direct Action, building concrete skills for compassionate confrontation. In a world tormented by racism, sexism, climate disasters, ...

Coming Up August 6–9! BPF in the Southwest

Coming Up August 6–9! BPF in the Southwest

From observing the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings with 70,000 paper cranes, to leading engaged Buddhist meetups and mini-trainings on "compassionate confrontation," BPF's ...

A Buddhist Catholic Scholar Breaks Down the Pope’s Climate Encyclical, So You Don’t Have To

A Buddhist Catholic Scholar Breaks Down the Pope’s Climate Encyclical, So You Don’t Have To

Jack Downey: Laudato Si represents an expansion of the formally “theological” subject matter, and Catholicism’s first environmental encyclical. This is not the first time a pope – ...

The Whole Earth is My True Body: Buddhists March in Rome for Climate Justice

The Whole Earth is My True Body: Buddhists March in Rome for Climate Justice

Thousands of faith-based and environmental activists descended on St. Peter’s Square last Sunday in Rome, showing strength in diversity in the wake of the Pope’s encyclical on clim ...

“Winners” and “Losers” of the Recession, By Race

This jaw-dropping chart comes to us via engaged Buddhist Ecaterina Burton, who says of the associated article: Few people have discussed how the Great Recession has been the largest theft of wealth from black and brown families (transferred to white investors through mortgage-backed securities). All their gains over the past 30 years were wiped out in 2 years. Now, median black wealth is $5,000 and median w ...

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Buddhism and Social Justice News: 1 – 7 October 2012

Here's a roundup of Buddhism and social justice news from 1 through 7 October 2012: Go to: Tibet • Burma • Engaged Buddhism News • Engaged Buddhism Views Tibet Arbitrary Arrests Continue at Zilkar Monastery - "In continued crackdown at the Nyatso Zilkar Monastery in Zatoe region of eastern Tibet, another Zilkar monk has been arbitrarily detained by Chinese security officials for unknown reasons." Latest Sel ...

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Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day By Supporting Native Struggles!

Indigenous resistance: not just a matter of history, but still happening all over the world. As Buddhists committed to active non-harming, how can we support these efforts? Recognize Indigenous presence in our own sanghas As Andrea Smith points out in Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy, the logic of genocide "holds that indigenous peoples must disappear. In fact, they must always be d ...

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iStrike: Why Should Buddhists Care About Resistance at Foxconn?

Whether from The Daily Show or the morning papers, by now everyone knows about the deplorable working conditions of Foxconn, the company that manufactures Apple products. 250,000 petition signatures, delivered to Apple in six cities back in February, seem to have done little to improve the situation. Luckily, Foxconn workers continue to take matters into their own hands. via Lauren Indvik at Mashable: Some ...

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We Have a Gabor Maté Giveaway Winner!

Today, we're excited to announce the winner of the book In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Maté: Samsarah Morgan. Thank you Samsarah, and everyone else who entered the contest! In case you missed it, some details of Dr. Maté's book are below. Even if you didn't win, we hope you're inspired to find out more about his Buddhist take on the incredibly challenging problem of ...

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Timely, Kind, Honest, and Helpful: Dialogue On Turning Wheel Media

Just want to take a moment to shout out some of the really encouraging dialogue happening on Turning Wheel right now. As we know, disagreements on the Internet, even among Buddhists, often devolve into flame wars. Here on Turning Wheel, though, I'm grateful and inspired to have witnessed the exchange in comments on Nichola Torbett's piece, Recovery From the Dominant Culture, particularly between Nichola and ...

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Chinese Medicine: Are We Getting Too “Authentic”?

As Chinese medicine takes root in a new soil, practitioners have been dealing with questions of how to adapt this medicine to a new population.  There are also questions of what Chinese medicine is, or what authentic Chinese medicine is.  And in the quest for authenticity, there is a rising movement in the U.S. to reject the model of Chinese medicine as practiced in China today – in hospitals, integrated wi ...

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Sexual Harassment Strike In Cambodian Gap Supplier Factory

Did you know that over 2,500 Cambodian garment workers protesting sexual harassment went on an illegal strike and occupied their factory last month? I'm a little late on this inspiring story (just found out about it through this wonderful summary of workers' struggles in August in East and Southeast Asia), but damn is it awesome. And while the sexual harassment charges against manager Faruk Ahamed are still ...

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Is the Interdependence We Have the Interdependence We Need?

I get nervous — ornery, even — when I hear a boatload of Buddhist sweet talk about "interdependence." From what I've seen, interdependence has gained currency as a feel-good word, associated with a pleasant subjective experience of expansiveness, connection, and love. But it can be incredibly misleading when disconnected from an understanding of power. Maybe that's why I find myself intrigued by this video ...

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Awakening Wednesday: Mitt Romney, the Buddha, and the 47 Percent

On September 17 Mother Jones released secret video taken at a Romney fundraiser. In one of the most widely-publicized quotes from the video, Romney discusses the 47 percent of Americans who, either through deductions or low income, pay no income taxes: There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon g ...

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