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Practice in Transformation Action: Bay Area training program

Practice in Transformation 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 ...

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 ...

ACTION ALERT: This Workers’ Center Was Told To Cut Ties With Marriage Equality Allies, Or Lose $75,000. Show Them They Did The Right Thing.

ACTION ALERT: This Workers’ Center Was Told To Cut Ties With Marriage Equality Allies, Or Lose $75,000. Show Them They Did The Right Thing.

"In this place, everyone is welcome." These were the words of Romeo Sosa, the Executive Director of VOZ this week, in front of the small trailer in southeast Portland, Oregon, wher ...

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Third Noble Truth and the Possibility of Collective Liberation

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Third Noble Truth and the Possibility of Collective Liberation

[TRIGGER WARNING: This post contains information that may be disturbing to survivors of sexual assault.]   “For Warmth” by Thich Nhat Hanh (from Zen Poems)   I hold my fa ...

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and The Third Noble Truth

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and The Third Noble Truth

“Great is the matter of birth and death, quickly passing, passing, gone. Awake, awake, each one, awake. Don’t waste this life.” This is the message written on the Han, a wooden ins ...

Hoping To Survive In Gaza

Hoping To Survive In Gaza

“I don't know what else to say. I think we are going to die. It makes me sad that I cannot protect the child I made, I can't protect him from these missiles. I just can't. I don't ...

Interview: Lizandra Vidal, Ayiti Yoga

Interview: Lizandra Vidal, Ayiti Yoga

Lizandra Vidal and I did our yoga teacher training together back in 2011, in Washington, DC. I'm very excited to have reconnected with her and learn what she's up to — teaching yog ...

VIDEO from “Who Speaks?”: David Loy

Take a gander at the first of our four videos from the recent BPF event in Oakland: thoughts from David Loy, professor, Zen teacher, and author of Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution and The World Is Made of Stories. ===================== I think I am going to change a little bit what I am going to talk about. Actually two things, first of all I would like just like to follow up and rein ...

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The White Guys Were Intolerable

Reflections on “What’s Up with Engaged Buddhism? Who gets to speak?” – a Buddhist Peace Fellowship evening at the Oakland Peace Center with panelists Alka Arora, Katie Loncke, Donald Rothberg, and David Loy, moderated by Jen-Mei Wu and featuring visual artist Kenji Liu, May 20, 2012 [Photo removed by request.] Right at the get-go, the Baby Boomer generation socially engaged Buddhist expert white guys on the ...

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Paul Hawken on Tricycle: “Hope is a mental narcotic”

Word to the wise: our friends at Tricycle have a few recent articles up featuring fascinating and provocative insights from folks whose names you might recognize. Available to Tricycle subscribers, an interview with Joanna Macy called "Allegiance To Life: Staying steady through the mess we're in" explores relationships between embracing doubt and maintaining our convictions; avoiding dogma; and how "our pow ...

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Weekly News Roundup

Friends!  It's been quite a week at BPF and Turning Wheel!  Our call for submissions on the Dharma of Food Justice dropped, and we're already confirming contributions from authors, poets, and activists that I'm super excited about.  (I'm talking people whose work I've been following for years!  Yes!)  And last Sunday here in Oakland we held our first installment of "What's Up With Engaged Buddhism" (video a ...

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Dharma of Food Justice: Call For Submissions!

From Thich Nhat Hanh's famous tangerine meditation, to Vandana Shiva and the Navdanya network's subversive seed saving, to urban farming, landless peasant organizing, and efforts to liberate sentient beings from factory farms, the realm of food justice contains innumerable dharma doors.   Food and food justice help us reflect on the meaning of profound teachings: interdependence, impermanence, generosity, r ...

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Engaged Buddhist Art by Kenji Liu

Bay Area artist Kenji Liu has just released this gorgeous new poster for sale, and the only reason I haven't already ordered one is that I'm planning to hit up his table at this Sunday's Buddhist Peace Fellowship event.  (What's Up With Engaged Buddhism?  Part 1: Who Gets To Speak?  with David Loy, Donald Rothberg, Alka Arora, Jen-Mei Wu, Kenji, and me. If you're around Oakland, CA, you should come!) Lemme ...

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Icelanders “reaping the benefits of anger”

Curious what folks think about this take on Iceland's economic recovery, and how it was precipitated by Icelanders who pelted parliament with rocks in 2009 demanding their leaders and bankers answer for the country’s economic and financial collapse. Given the positive outcome, would you be more inclined to physically pressure your government if, let's say, your country were similarly foisting the burden of ...

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Help Defend “Occupy The Farm” in Albany, CA

Remember the recent land re-occupation here in the Bay? It's recently come under attack by police. Re-posting Movement Generation's update on the current status, including what we can do all across the country — and beyond — to support. Occupy the Farm: Take Back the Gill Tract! Call For Support   Photo by: Dave Id / Indybay.org On Earth Day 2012, Occupy the Farm: Take Back the Tract launched with an ongoin ...

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Temporary

via Kenji Liu on Facebook. This made me smile. In the image there appear to be eleven phases of the corpse, while, as far as I can tell, the Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta describes nine.  (At least in this translation.)  Maybe there's another version it's referencing? In any case, many Buddhists still continue this ancient practice of reflecting on the impermanence of the body.  And again, bhikkhus, if a bhikkhu s ...

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