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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 ...

#3: In this Moment: When Suffering Ceases for Queer Africa

#3: In this Moment: When Suffering Ceases for Queer Africa

In my first video-essay, “The Dukkha of Loving Others: Homophobia in Africa,” I discussed how the recent rise in state-sponsored homophobia harms all Africans: those who identify a ...

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. ...

“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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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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