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Lineage of Resistance: When Asian American Buddhists Confront White Supremacy

Lineage of Resistance: When Asian American Buddhists Confront White Supremacy

25 years ago, a Japanese-American Reverend wrote a letter naming white supremacy in a famous Buddhist magazine. His letter went unpublished, until now. ...

Now Hiring: Buddhist Peace Fellowship Seeks Development Director

Now Hiring: Buddhist Peace Fellowship Seeks Development Director

Do you excel in Development and seek to transform toward just, life-giving economic systems? ...

Awakening Together with Integrity

Awakening Together with Integrity

BY LARRY YANG Often when we speak of the term “Mindfulness” there is a key component missing among its usefulness. What is often not addressed or explored is the aspect of mindfuln ...

New: $2,000 Soma Award

New: $2,000 Soma Award

Presenting the Soma Award: $2,000 for 5 activists whose outstanding work in social justice has been meaningfully influenced by Buddhism. Apply by April 28. ...

U Mad? Wisdom for Rageful Times

U Mad? Wisdom for Rageful Times

Screaming at your phone silently? Or not so silently? Join our 6-week web curriculum with spiritual and political wisdom on anger, rage, and betrayal. ...

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 ...

Look at all the Beautiful Buddhists with Big Burning Questions!

Thank you to all the beautiful people who submitted video about your Big Buddhist Questions! It's so lovely to see the enthusiastic faces of so many people who are interested in both Buddhism and social action. We're out there! Check out our new video to see for yourself! Folks want to talk about everything from animal rights to the commons. Have a big burning question to add? Let us know in the comments! T ...

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Mushim Ikeda Interview

As you may have heard, BPF's 2013 series of dialogues, "The System Stinks" is on the way! We're going to be talking about true systemic issues, like greed enshrined in capitalism, colonialism in our mind and world, and what we can do about it. At this point, you might be wondering who exactly you'll be talking to about all this stuff. To give a glimpse into the year ahead, BPF will be posting some interview ...

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Call For Submissions: Debt and Dharma

At a debt strike action in September, Amin Husain (right) burned a statement from the IRS sent after he raided his 401k to help pay for treatment for his father's pancreatic cancer. Husain is not alone in his struggles.  Far from it. An individualist culture tends to frame debt as a primarily personal, not political issue, but in truth it's a systemic problem. Overwhelming debt has long been an issue at the ...

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Self-Care is Not Enough: Learning to Build Communities of Care

I cut my nonprofit teeth working at a rape crisis center. Crisis support for survivors of sexual violence was a constant part of the job, even though it was never my main gig. With statistics like 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men being sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime, nearly every conversation I had at work included some variation of "this happened to me/my sister/my mom/my college roommate/m ...

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Buddhism and Social Justice News: 8 – 14 October 2012

Here is a roundup of Buddhism and social justice news from 8 through 14 October 2012: Go to: Tibet • Burma • Engaged Buddhism News • Engaged Buddhism Views Tibet Rare Footage Shows Extreme Measures of Tibetan Protesters - "In the remotest regions of China, inhabited by the country's Tibetan minority, an appalling uprising is under way. In the past year more than 50 monks have died after setting themselves o ...

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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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