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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 ...

Kumi Yamashita’s Constellation Portraits

Nails and a single black thread. Today, the work of Japanese artist Kumi Yamashita inspired me to stop, breathe, and rededicate myself to the task at hand, full of gratitude for what is possible with patience, dedication, imagination, and grace. Amazing. Thanks to Kenji Liu for introducing me to Yamashita's work. (What she does with light and shadows is also incredible.) While I don't know whether she is Bu ...

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Tomorrow on PBS: “My Reincarnation” (VIDEO)

Heads up! Tomorrow P.O.V. on PBS is broadcasting what sounds like a fascinating independent documentary, filmed over the course of 20 years by Jennifer Fox.  Check your local listings: film runs 10pm – 11:30pm. Thanks to Rick Harlan of BPF Seattle for the tip! Filmed over twenty years by acclaimed documentarian Jennifer Fox (FLYING: CONFESSIONS OF A FREE WOMAN), MY REINCARNATION chronicles the epic story of ...

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VIDEO from “Who Speaks?”: Alka Arora

Presenting the last of our four videos.  Enjoy this talk by Alka Arora, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Women's Spirituality at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a first generation Indian-American with spiritual roots in the Yogic philosophy of Hinduism. With these roots as a foundation, she has also been deeply influenced by the vipassana tradition within Buddhism, New T ...

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Not the Same Ol’ Leadership

Since late 2009, Buddhist Peace Fellowship has been in a transition to younger leadership. Under Sarah Weintraub’s direction, the organization has become increasingly relevant to the next generation of socially engaged Buddhists. This shift continues as Katie Loncke and Dawn Haney move to the front as the new co-directors of Buddhist Peace Fellowship. As young leaders in movements for social justice, we gre ...

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VIDEO From “Who Speaks?”: Donald Rothberg

Our third of four videos features Donald Rothberg — a leading teacher and writer on socially engaged spiritual practice. He has taught and practiced Buddhist meditation for over 30 years, and his engaged work has pioneered new ways of connecting inner and outer transformation.  He is a member of the Teacher's Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and author of The Engaged Spiritual Life. ...

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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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