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A Roundabout Defense of the “Mandala Form” for the BPF National Gathering

A Roundabout Defense of the “Mandala Form” for the BPF National Gathering

NOTE: The recent Eco-Dharma Conference & Retreat at the Wonderwell Mounatin Refuge in Springfield, NH, featured a panel sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. After a vide ...

Revisiting the Middle Passage Pilgrimage: Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Filmmaker and “Pilgrims”

Revisiting the Middle Passage Pilgrimage: Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Filmmaker and “Pilgrims”

Hosted by Buddhist Peace Fellowship and East Bay Meditation Center SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014. 7 - 9:30 PM East Bay Meditation Center, 285 17th St., Oakland, CA 94612 Join us for th ...

The Four Noble Truths in Our World:  Truth #3: The Cessation of the Suffering of Caste

The Four Noble Truths in Our World: Truth #3: The Cessation of the Suffering of Caste

Can we imagine a world without caste? In positive terms, a social expression of nibbana might be the realization of a society in which each member can find fulfillment and be compl ...

Long Retreat Scholarships Available for Young People and People of Color

Long Retreat Scholarships Available for Young People and People of Color

Spirit Rock Meditation Center is offering an unprecedented number of scholarships for people of color and young people to attend the month-long and 2-month retreats in early 2015. ...

“Memory Is Political”: Storytelling, Movement Building, and the Third Noble Truth

“Memory Is Political”: Storytelling, Movement Building, and the Third Noble Truth

The question of the usefulness or non-relevance of “the story” is one of the great “both / ands” of living a Buddhist life. And, all human stories, descending from the most cosmic ...

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 ...

Practice in Transformative Action: Bay Area training program

Practice in Transformative Action: Bay Area training program

Mushim Ikeda, contributor to BPF's The System Stinks curriculum, is launching another year of the Practice in Transformative Action (PiTA 2) yearlong program at East Bay Meditation ...

Triple Feature Friday!

Well we don't want you to get too hungry over the weekend, so today we're stocking up.  Three lovely contributions on the dharma of food justice. The first comes from our friend and engaged Buddhist sangha member Seth Josephson, offering a thoughtful invitation to consider abstaining from eating animal products.  Thank you for being with us, Seth!  Sangha members reading from the home page, don't forget to ...

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Food Justice Snacks

Good morning, lovely digital sangha! Today just wanted to share a few tasty tidbits I've picked up around the internets, fitting with our month-long theme of the Dharma of Food Justice. On MinorityNurse.com, one Registered Nurse (RN) offers advice on how to provide meals suitable for Buddhist patients.  I love the idea of a health care system that provides culturally appropriate foods to people!  Though it ...

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Secret Buddhist Reveal – Breeze Harper (VIDEO)

Maybe you've had this experience: admiring someone's work and efforts in the world, over many years, and then one day learning — Oh!  They study the Buddhadharma! It's a joyful feeling.  And soliciting contributions for the Dharma of Food Justice month granted me a number of these delightful surprises.  I reached out to certain people because of their food justice contributions, hoping to find out whether t ...

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MAIZ

Good morning! Glad to continue this week in food justice with a beautiful and powerful piece by Bulan Adi Ko.llective. You can click the piece to see it closer-up. As spiritual activists, we need not only sound strategies but also a sense of (inter)connection to deeper meaning, rich histories and enlivening possibilities.  Mudita!  And much gratitude to this collective for your contribution. ~ Katie for Tur ...

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Sick Day With Tea

Hey everyone, Katie here. When I woke up this morning, that popular summer cold had finally caught up with me. (Hope you've evaded it so far — if it's summer where you are, that is!). That, plus some technical difficulties with uploading files, means I won't be able to post a new feature today like I'd hoped. Sorry! We'll definitely have one tomorrow, though. In the meantime, I'm wishing you well over many ...

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How Does Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Work In Factory Jobs?

This great article from Colorlines, on the indignities and injustices of production in the US industrial food sector, got me thinking about an essay in The Engaged Buddhist Reader (edited by Arnold Kotler, (c) 1996) called Mindfulness and Mastery In the Workplace. Written by Saki F. Santorelli, it "emerged out of a conversation initiated by Thich Nhat Hanh following the conclusion of a five-day mindfulness ...

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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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