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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 ...

ACTION ALERT: This Workers’ Center Was Told To Cut Ties With Marriage Equality Allies, Or Lose $75,000. Show Them They Did The Right Thing.

ACTION ALERT: This Workers’ Center Was Told To Cut Ties With Marriage Equality Allies, Or Lose $75,000. Show Them They Did The Right Thing.

"In this place, everyone is welcome." These were the words of Romeo Sosa, the Executive Director of VOZ this week, in front of the small trailer in southeast Portland, Oregon, wher ...

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Third Noble Truth and the Possibility of Collective Liberation

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Third Noble Truth and the Possibility of Collective Liberation

[TRIGGER WARNING: This post contains information that may be disturbing to survivors of sexual assault.]   “For Warmth” by Thich Nhat Hanh (from Zen Poems)   I hold my fa ...

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and The Third Noble Truth

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and The Third Noble Truth

“Great is the matter of birth and death, quickly passing, passing, gone. Awake, awake, each one, awake. Don’t waste this life.” This is the message written on the Han, a wooden ins ...

Hoping To Survive In Gaza

Hoping To Survive In Gaza

“I don't know what else to say. I think we are going to die. It makes me sad that I cannot protect the child I made, I can't protect him from these missiles. I just can't. I don't ...

Interview: Lizandra Vidal, Ayiti Yoga

Interview: Lizandra Vidal, Ayiti Yoga

Lizandra Vidal and I did our yoga teacher training together back in 2011, in Washington, DC. I'm very excited to have reconnected with her and learn what she's up to -- teaching yo ...

The Third Noble Truth: A Glimpse of Hope

The Third Noble Truth: A Glimpse of Hope

On our tour through the Four Noble Truths and how they translate to collective suffering, the first two have taken us into a thorough dissection of the nature of suffering. If we s ...

Snap. Snap. Snap.

Glad to be featuring two pieces by Hải Võ, this first one a portrait of mindfulness while looking for something to eat. Thanks for being with us, Hải!  —TW Snap. Snap. Snap. I walk down Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, California, four hours before midnight. At 39th Street, there are few people around. I look through the windows, and the crowbars, of a closed and empty market store. I see perfectly-aligned rows o ...

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White Supremacy In Food Justice

Via Saqib Keval. White supremacy can seem like a dramatic term, conjuring images of the KKK or Nazi Germany.  But a more accurate and total picture includes forms that may seem subtle — especially to white people.  White supremacy sometimes has a friendly face; a face full of optimism.  It can boil down to the simple assumption that white people tend to do things well.  Including things like food justice. I ...

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The Joy Composter and other Poems

I like the way your jar lingers, like flower packed light. There’s a mountain here that trails shadows of grease. Anyone could be a homeowner if you packed it down. I want to be eating a grain that is healthy. I want to be eating a grain that is good. My apple has roots beyond tasty and keeps poking me in the toe with its vitamins. The kind of certainty you’re asking for grows foul- smelling leaves. They sm ...

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Thank You For Supporting! (VIDEO)

Week One of the Dharma of Food Justice is complete — now on to Week Two!  If you think it's rad to hear Buddhists talking about social justice, and if our offerings uplift you, please consider donating to support our work. Transcript below the fold. ...

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The Greatest Spiritual Explosion

The great Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca once said: "The day that hunger is eradicated from the earth, there will be the greatest spiritual explosion the world has ever known. Humanity cannot imagine the joy that will burst into the world on the day of that great revolution." Although, as a Buddhist, I consider the Buddha’s enlightenment and his “turning the wheel of Dharma” to be the greatest spiritual ...

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First Home Dinner After Retreat

by the time food reaches me, it is caked with the invisible pain of others, saturated with the grim labor of thousands. this accumulated degradation is harder to remove than the wax off an apple, or the gerrymandered genes from a cup of Monsanto rice.   but maybe, somewhere along the line, the food has also been blessed by the whispers and motions of resistance. maybe the diggers of these potatoes are ...

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Second Precept: Dangerous Berry Harvests

Heads up: last week Nathan over at Dangerous Harvests (one of my favorite political Buddhist blogs) wrote a thought-provoking post on what it means to pick berries from unattended bushes that are technically "private property."  His questions resonate deeply with what we at BPF have been wondering about reclaiming stolen land. As Nathan puts it: As a Buddhist, I have vowed to uphold the precept of not steal ...

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From Korea: “Women’s Rights Are A Precondition To Food Sovereignty”

Warning: this is not a post about spirituality, per se.  But I invite all dharma junkies to stick around. And I'll tell you why. In my opinion, in order to be strong, the education of a political Buddhist should involve learning about the political and social situations in parts of the world where the teachings of Buddha have deep roots and living traditions.  This interview with Yoon, Geum-Soon illuminates ...

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Taking Our Traditions and Selling ‘em Back To Us: Food and Cultural Appropriation

A sharp, on-point and often hilarious conversationbetween two Asian-American foodies questioning each other about US cuisine and cultural appropriation.  What does integrity look like for chefs who borrow from culinary traditions outside their ethnic group — in a context of (im)migration, commodification, racism (/white supremacy) , and American nationalism?  Is integrity even possible? I think I’m so disen ...

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