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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 ...

Embody Fierce Compassion: Buddhists at the People’s Climate March

Embody Fierce Compassion: Buddhists at the People’s Climate March

For many years, the two preoccupations of my life, “meditation practice” and “environmental science”, were two streams that ran parallel to each other. ...

Our Social Movements Need More Movement!

Our Social Movements Need More Movement!

A little over a week ago, I co-taught a workshop with Mushim Patricia Ikeda at the Buddhist Peace Fellowship's National Gathering entitled "Movement for Right Action: Yoga for Soci ...

Buddhists Blockade Hotel to Protest Police-Military Training

Buddhists Blockade Hotel to Protest Police-Military Training

Buddhist Peace Fellowship and allies decided to stage a group meditation blockading the doors of a Marriott Hotel in Oakland, California. The reason? Police violence and institutio ...

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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I Saw Injustice. I See Passion.

Please enjoy the second submission from artist and activist Hải Võ. As engaged Buddhist Bernie Glassman and the Zen Peacemakers Order remind us, the path to freedom includes bearing witness to joy and suffering. Traveling 2,000 miles through 8 states, the Food and Freedom riders did just that: bearing witness to the challenges, resilience, and triumph of participants in the food justice movement. Thank you ...

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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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