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Gender Dysphoria and the Dharma

Gender Dysphoria and the Dharma

As a gender non-conforming person, I am prone to leaving my body, abandoning it, running away. Buddhist meditation helped me come back to a "buddha-nature drenched in flesh." ...

Right Anger and the Path to the End of Caste

Right Anger and the Path to the End of Caste

In the face of violence and brutality, we should develop "samma kodha" — Right Anger — for the sake of all beings. ...

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 can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity." – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer ...

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Twelve-Fold Path of Social Transformation

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Twelve-Fold Path of Social Transformation

When it comes to the education of low-income students of color, mindfulness can easily mystify the structure of social oppression, shifting the analysis of school reform from the s ...

Towards Collective Liberation, or Why We Won’t Stop Talking About Racism

Towards Collective Liberation, or Why We Won’t Stop Talking About Racism

Race was a central theme at BPF’s National Gathering, with offerings like: The Invisible Majority: Will the Real Asian American Buddhist Please Stand Up? Revisiting the Middle Pass ...

BPF Goes Off The Cushion with Rev. Danny Fisher

BPF Goes Off The Cushion with Rev. Danny Fisher

Don't miss Episode #3 of Danny Fisher's new Buddhist podcast series, "Off the Cushion!" Danny asks BPF's Co-Directors Dawn Haney and Katie Loncke about issues of structural racism ...

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Fourth Noble Truth

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Fourth Noble Truth

We are constantly yearning for peace and harmony. Yet, the transformation requires us to destroy a life system that we depend upon — a system that is artificially bound together by ...

Happy 70th Birthday Roshi Joan Halifax

Happiest of birthday wishes to our dear friend and teacher, Roshi Joan Halifax of Upaya Zen Center! Thank you for being a leader of socially engaged Buddhism for so many years! My very first Buddhist retreat was at Upaya in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Some friends of the nonprofit rape crisis center I directed offered to send me to Upaya to attend a Fundraising from the Heart workshop with Lynne Twist. While I le ...

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Secret Buddhist Reveal and Book Giveaway: Bryant Terry (VIDEO)

Brilliant and historically grounded Afro-Diasporic recipes — like Sweet Coconut Ginger Creamed Corn, Jamaican Veggie Patties, and Collard Confetti — are reason enough to appreciate the work of eco-chef and cookbook author Bryant Terry. And there's also his fabulous food justice activism, including a web series that highlights urban farms in communities that need them most. But did you know that Terry also d ...

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Whealthy Human Villages

"We're very cold, and they took the stove away from us. It's way below zero and we're freezing. A lot of people have died." Letter from a Dakota prisoner of war, 1862-63 How do you destroy a community? Take away its stoves. Destroy the collective fires, the hearths, the places where people gather, cook, eat and dream together. Kill the leaders, and let the rest die off or suffer from contagious illnesses an ...

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Great Doubt

I never have any idea what might come up when I enter a meditation retreat. It's part of the form of Insight meditation that I practice - be open to and just notice whatever arises. I spent many days on my 16 day retreat hanging out with the great hindrance of doubt. Is that a sign of my failed practice, or just something to investigate thoroughly along my path? Beaming lots of metta to all beings ~ Dawn Tr ...

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Zen Buddhist Temple in Pennsylvania Endangered by Natural Gas Fracking

I lived in the Four Corners region before moving out to the Bay Area, another site in the US where fracking is being used to dangerously extract natural gas from the earth. The toxic contamination from fracking is painful to witness - as you'll read below, in Pennsylvania they are seeing dead deer and geese, diseased fish, and a purple squirrel. Our dharma friends at the Mount Equity Zendo are facing a dire ...

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Your Thoughts On The News About Burma?

I'll be honest: this morning's news was the first time I learned about the conflict in Burma involving the Muslim Rohingya group, the government, and Rakhine Buddhists. So I'm hesitant to make any sort of statement beyond generalities of wishing everyone well. But I know these events are important to me and my communities, even though the news of them comes to me filtered through many layers of perspective, ...

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Urban Farms Linked To Lower Crime Rates

Haven't had a chance to read this Mother Jones piece in full, but the photos are magnificent and I love this framing at the beginning: Looking at Schiffer's photos and talking with people involved in urban farming, I've come to realize that their efforts have less to do with providing healthy food than they do with a reclamation of sorts, taking ownership of their community and their daily lives. If you get ...

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Nourishing Poems from Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs

What if food was to daily practice what breath is to meditation?   Hello everyone — sorry today's post is so late! Been a busy day: Dawn just got back from two weeks on retreat at Spirit Rock, and we had a lot to catch up on, sitting in a backyard garden. :) To send you off to sleep dreaming of the earth and liberation (or welcome you awake, if you read this in the morning), I'm deeply glad to share po ...

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“Stop Praising Your Shiny Chains and Shackles. Disobey with Great Love.”

You have probably seen Pancho; and if you've ever met him, you probably remember.  Photographs of him being handcuffed and arrested while meditating at the Occupy Oakland encampment circulated far and wide last fall.  And Riyana Rebecca Sang, writer for Tikkun, describes him as "probably further up the road of Shambhala warriorhood than anyone else I know." While the images of Pancho's half-lotus arrest are ...

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Adrienne Maree Brown on Transformation, Personal & Political

To send us off into the weekend, I'm thrilled to share a brief reflection from one of my activist crushes: creator, writer, and organizer Adrienne Maree Brown. If you don't know her work, look it up! [Update: Adrienne Maree's beautiful website is easy to find but we're not linking to it here because at the moment it might carry some malware. In the meantime, find her on DemocracyNow!, Colorlines, and AlterN ...

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