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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 ...

To Liberate All Beings from the Dukkha of Deportation

To Liberate All Beings from the Dukkha of Deportation

Last year, on November 8, a member of my chosen family deported himself to Mexico. Rodolfo's courage in fighting for migrant justice reminds me of the first vow of the Bodhisattva ...

Emergency Teach-In: Buddhists Wage Peace in Korea

Emergency Teach-In: Buddhists Wage Peace in Korea

You might have heard Trump’s “fire and fury” dick-swinging toward North Korea, risking nuclear escalation. Did you also know that Won Buddhists are playing a major role for peace o ...

A New Story of Us: Storytelling, Movement Building & the 4th Noble Truth

A New Story of Us: Storytelling, Movement Building & the 4th Noble Truth

Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a ...

Burmese Buddhist Monks Lead Nationwide Protests Against Chinese Copper Mines

Dear BPFers! If, like me, one of your intentions for the new year is to brush up on political news in historically Buddhist parts of the world, The Buddhist Channel is a wonderfully helpful resource for current events: a broad collection of Buddhist cultural and political news from all across the world. Recently I was intrigued by this article, culled from The Global Post, about monastic-led protests in Bur ...

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SF Zen Center’s Contemplative Caregiver Course

Contemplative Caregiver Course A year-long certificate training January 24 - November 16, 2013 Caring for someone aging, frail, sick or dying need not be at the expense of your own wellbeing. With Buddhist teachings and mindfulness practice, caregiving can be a beneficial experience for everyone involved. San Francisco Zen Center is delighted to announce a new, innovative program combining the wisdom and co ...

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Cartwheels of Gratitude

We’re so giddy with gratitude, we’re doing cartwheels! (nope, that’s not a metaphor) Thanks to each and every one of you for making 2012 an incredible year at Buddhist Peace Fellowship! We made you a little video to express just how grateful we are for everything you’ve given and intend to give. Since we were hanging out at our favorite park (also known as one of the BPF satellite offices), we couldn’t resi ...

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BPF Art By Tom Schuessler

Thanks, Tom, for creating this wonderful piece out of the text from a recent letter to BPF members!  We love the creativity and talents of BPFers. For more of Tom's work, check out his site, Little Epiphanies. ...

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It Started with 31

In March of 1979, the very first Buddhist Peace Fellowship newsletter made it's way into people's mailboxes. We're incredibly indebted to these 31 activists committed to Buddhism who started this venture of Buddhist Peace Fellowship. While membership started small, the founders were sure that with a bit of outreach, Buddhist Peace Fellowship was "likely to grow like kudzu." Add your name to the list of peop ...

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Thailand’s Sulak Sivaraksa

How can we in 2012 bring about as much change as Buddhists have in the past? Today, we're presenting an interview with Sulak Sivaraksa, a Thai Buddhist who has been one of the great leaders and democracy activists in his country for decades. We hope that we can take inspiration and wisdom from accomplished leaders like him, as we move forward to new frontiers of Buddhist activism.   What project are yo ...

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Histories Behind Inspiring #IdleNoMore Movement

What better gift to give this season than to stand up, collectively, in courageous and loving defense of the earth and one's people? Canadian youth leader and activist Brigette DePape is among the many who welcome the development of a new movement. "I’m incredibly inspired by the young Indigenous women who began Idle No More to not only build in opposition to Bill C-45, which would reduce protections over w ...

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Letter To Adam Lanza, from Brother Pháp Lưu of Plum Village

Amidst a chorus of contested calls for greater gun control, better access to mental health care, and renewed attention to dysfunctional constructions of masculinity (each of which have their place, and debate about which can be educational), this powerful letter via Parallax Press adds a non-pathologizing dimension of compassion.  Would love to hear your thoughts, BPFers. —Katie Brother Phap Luu, a monastic ...

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Dreaming of Debt, Practicing P/Reparations

(Assembled by Cecilia Cissell Lucas)   Some activists have been calling for debt forgiveness for the “global south” as a form of reparations. Referring to such an act as reparations helps us to understand the absurdity of the entire concept of “global south” “debt.”  When we examine the historical circumstances of how wealth has been accumulated by some through dispossessing others, including the proce ...

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