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Apply Now! Block, Build, Be Retreat 2017

Apply Now! Block, Build, Be Retreat 2017

Go deeper into BPF's unique ecology of spirituality and social justice, in our 2nd annual Block, Build, Be leadership retreat: blocking harm and oppression, building new worlds, an ...

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 ...

ZOMG Our System Stinks Fundraiser Is Live!

Having risen at retreat-early hours this morning, we've put the finishing touches on BPF's Indiegogo crowdfunding page, and fired up the engines. Now it's up to all of us.  Check out the video, donate to receive your copy of The System Stinks curriculum, and share the campaign if it speaks to you. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has already helped contribute to this vision!  Your encouragement, self-video ...

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Awakening Wednesday: Buddhism and the Vice Presidency

Tomorrow night at 9 pm EST is the first and only vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan (R-WI). Many of us have come to develop low expectations for these types of highly stage-crafted events. The two candidates will exchange rhetorical jabs and bicker over whose policies will do what to whom, but there will be few big ideas and even less accountabi ...

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“Winners” and “Losers” of the Recession, By Race

This jaw-dropping chart comes to us via engaged Buddhist Ecaterina Burton, who says of the associated article: Few people have discussed how the Great Recession has been the largest theft of wealth from black and brown families (transferred to white investors through mortgage-backed securities). All their gains over the past 30 years were wiped out in 2 years. Now, median black wealth is $5,000 and median w ...

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Buddhism and Social Justice News: 1 – 7 October 2012

Here's a roundup of Buddhism and social justice news from 1 through 7 October 2012: Go to: Tibet • Burma • Engaged Buddhism News • Engaged Buddhism Views Tibet Arbitrary Arrests Continue at Zilkar Monastery - "In continued crackdown at the Nyatso Zilkar Monastery in Zatoe region of eastern Tibet, another Zilkar monk has been arbitrarily detained by Chinese security officials for unknown reasons." Latest Sel ...

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Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day By Supporting Native Struggles!

Indigenous resistance: not just a matter of history, but still happening all over the world. As Buddhists committed to active non-harming, how can we support these efforts? Recognize Indigenous presence in our own sanghas As Andrea Smith points out in Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy, the logic of genocide "holds that indigenous peoples must disappear. In fact, they must always be d ...

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iStrike: Why Should Buddhists Care About Resistance at Foxconn?

Whether from The Daily Show or the morning papers, by now everyone knows about the deplorable working conditions of Foxconn, the company that manufactures Apple products. 250,000 petition signatures, delivered to Apple in six cities back in February, seem to have done little to improve the situation. Luckily, Foxconn workers continue to take matters into their own hands. via Lauren Indvik at Mashable: Some ...

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We Have a Gabor Maté Giveaway Winner!

Today, we're excited to announce the winner of the book In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Maté: Samsarah Morgan. Thank you Samsarah, and everyone else who entered the contest! In case you missed it, some details of Dr. Maté's book are below. Even if you didn't win, we hope you're inspired to find out more about his Buddhist take on the incredibly challenging problem of ...

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Timely, Kind, Honest, and Helpful: Dialogue On Turning Wheel Media

Just want to take a moment to shout out some of the really encouraging dialogue happening on Turning Wheel right now. As we know, disagreements on the Internet, even among Buddhists, often devolve into flame wars. Here on Turning Wheel, though, I'm grateful and inspired to have witnessed the exchange in comments on Nichola Torbett's piece, Recovery From the Dominant Culture, particularly between Nichola and ...

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Chinese Medicine: Are We Getting Too “Authentic”?

As Chinese medicine takes root in a new soil, practitioners have been dealing with questions of how to adapt this medicine to a new population.  There are also questions of what Chinese medicine is, or what authentic Chinese medicine is.  And in the quest for authenticity, there is a rising movement in the U.S. to reject the model of Chinese medicine as practiced in China today – in hospitals, integrated wi ...

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Sexual Harassment Strike In Cambodian Gap Supplier Factory

Did you know that over 2,500 Cambodian garment workers protesting sexual harassment went on an illegal strike and occupied their factory last month? I'm a little late on this inspiring story (just found out about it through this wonderful summary of workers' struggles in August in East and Southeast Asia), but damn is it awesome. And while the sexual harassment charges against manager Faruk Ahamed are still ...

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