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Make Meetings a Refuge

Make Meetings a Refuge

"Those might be the nicest things people have ever said to me," a BPF board member reflected sincerely as we closed our yearly board and staff retreat with a circle of appreciation ...

Refuge in the Truth of Change: Session 2 of Refuge & Resistance

Refuge in the Truth of Change: Session 2 of Refuge & Resistance

How can we find a sense of refuge in a world that keeps on changing? What does it mean to both accept the truth of change, and contribute to shaping change? And how can refuge supp ...

When MLK Jr. Rejected “Obnoxious Peace”

When MLK Jr. Rejected “Obnoxious Peace”

As an organization with "Peace" in our name, we are often misunderstood. On MLK Day, let's clarify some things. ...

Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge: Session 1 of Refuge & Resistance

Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge: Session 1 of Refuge & Resistance

What do the Three Jewels of refuge look like in today's political world, as people become more desperate for safety? ...

Start the New Year with Refuge & Resistance

Start the New Year with Refuge & Resistance

All beings deserve refuge, but oppression requires resistance. Can we do both? Welcome to our January 2017 series, brand-new from BPF. ...

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 grandfather was in Austria, when Hitler rose to po ...

VIDEO, AUDIO, TRANSCRIPT: BPF Reportback from Standing Rock

VIDEO, AUDIO, TRANSCRIPT: BPF Reportback from Standing Rock

Just released! Hear from a diverse crew of BPFers who went to Standing Rock this fall in solidarity with indigenous leaders against the Dakota Access Pipeline -- including YiLing C ...

Are Fast Food CEOs Indebted to Workers?

According to this infographic from Fast Food Forward (the group spearheading the current organizing campaign across fast food chains in New York City), the average fast food worker makes in a YEAR less than HALF of what a fast food CEO makes in a DAY. In addition to contributing to unconscionable wealth gaps, this industry-wide situation raises helpful questions about the intersections of Buddhist ethics an ...

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Indebted To These Wise Exes

  Okay, so this is not technically about debt. But it's an amazing instance of what my friend Richard Wright called "positive cultural rituals for un-coupling." And for that I feel a debt of gratitude! Via the brilliant, Buddhist-influenced writer Mahfam Malek. ...

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Deadly Debt: Microfinance Suicides

As unwholesome debt goes, the kind that drives debtors to suicide is some of the saddest and most infuriating. While there are multiple sides to every story, and certainly many cases of microlending that appear to have happy endings, it's crucial to pay attention to the stories of people severely damaged by the practice.  Make no mistake: despite the seasonal shine surrounding major microloan businesses lik ...

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Receiving the Bodhisattva Precepts

This past Sunday, 16 practitioners in East Bay Meditation Center's year-long Practice in Action program received the Bodhisattva Precepts from the most Ven. Suhita Dharma. As a set of ethical guidelines about how to relate to other beings, the Bodhisattva Precepts are particularly important to socially engaged Buddhists as we bring our Buddhist practice into the world. As one of the practitioners who receiv ...

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Debt: Wholesome and Unwholesome

Mostly when I think of debt, the crappy kind comes to mind.  The debt that exploits people, and leads to the exploitation of other beings and the earth.  Indentured servitude.  Tenant farming.  Structural Adjustment Programs.  Debilitating student loans.  Astronomical medical debt.  The sub-prime mortgage crisis.  And, more insidiously (to echo Charles' recent observations), the exploitative debt that we ac ...

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The People Will Be Free (Palestine)

This photograph by engaged Buddhist Aneeta Mitha, "Nablus, Palestine — The People Will Be Free," will soon become one of BPF's limited-edition 2012 postcards.  It seems fitting that while we were working on creating the postcard today, news arrived that Palestine has been granted observer-state status at the United Nations. This, of course, is not the end of the struggle.  And statehood itself is not an ult ...

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Drone Wars and Gang Injunctions: Tools of Militarization

Hey fellow BPFers, Been sapped of energy by a seasonal cold, so I don't have any helpful analysis to add to this, but it seems like codifying the expanding targets of remote air strikes is something we'd want to give some attention. In Yemen, some strikes apparently launched by the United States killed militants who were preparing to attack Yemeni military forces. Some of those killed were wearing suicide v ...

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Blockades and Tree Sits: Part of The Great Turning?

In her paradigm The Great Turning, a program for active eco-healing, one of the three dimensions Joanna Macy calls for centers "actions to slow the damage to Earth and its beings." Lately I've been inspired by people who seem to be taking up her call in a big way.  Since TransCanada began construction on the southern leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline, in Texas, international solidarity has rippled and spread: ...

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Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Joanna Macy, & Ven. Pannavati Bhikkhuni (VIDEO)

At last!  The much-anticipated video interview with three beloved Buddhist leaders, addressing big questions in engaged Buddhism. What is the role of not-knowing?  How do we overcome individualism in our practice?  By what means might our practice actually improve our change-making efforts? Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi (right) is a New York-based ordained monastic who co-founded the well-known Buddhist Global Relief, ...

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