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Katie Loncke, BPF Co-Director, at #ShellNo Protest in Portland

Katie Loncke, BPF Co-Director, at #ShellNo Protest in Portland

Holy shit. Feels good to be on a bridge in Portland this morning. Behind me and amazing comrade Kristina Flores are 13 brave people, some I'm honored to call friends, suspended fro ...

BREAKING: #ShellNo Protest Halts Arctic Drilling Vessel in Portland; Meditators Spotted on the Bridge

BREAKING: #ShellNo Protest Halts Arctic Drilling Vessel in Portland; Meditators Spotted on the Bridge

Activists rappelled off a bridge in Portland, Oregon early this morning to stop a Shell Oil vessel from heading back north to support Arctic drilling. Early morning meditators were ...

Why might the Vatican suddenly care about climate change?

Why might the Vatican suddenly care about climate change?

First, Pope Francis offers the world Laudato Si, his encyclical affirming the science behind climate change and naming our broken economic system as the key issue to fight. He even ...

May All Beings… Social Justice Portraits from Buddhist Leaders

May All Beings… Social Justice Portraits from Buddhist Leaders

We asked leaders from the First U.S. Buddhist Delegation to the White House to pose for portraits repping their most-beloved social justice or environmental issue. Teachers and lum ...

Dharma & Direct Action comes to New York City in November

Dharma & Direct Action comes to New York City in November

Join us for a weekend NYC intensive on Dharma & Direct Action, building concrete skills for compassionate confrontation. In a world tormented by racism, sexism, climate disasters, ...

Coming Up August 6–9! BPF in the Southwest

Coming Up August 6–9! BPF in the Southwest

From observing the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings with 70,000 paper cranes, to leading engaged Buddhist meetups and mini-trainings on "compassionate confrontation," BPF's ...

A Buddhist Catholic Scholar Breaks Down the Pope’s Climate Encyclical, So You Don’t Have To

A Buddhist Catholic Scholar Breaks Down the Pope’s Climate Encyclical, So You Don’t Have To

Jack Downey: Laudato Si represents an expansion of the formally “theological” subject matter, and Catholicism’s first environmental encyclical. This is not the first time a pope – ...

Engaged Buddhist Links Amazon Movements and US Oil Fire

In her essay, engaged Buddhist Mia Murrietta of The Pachamama Alliance explores interconnectedness between the Amazon's struggles with fossil fuels and a recent oil refinery fire in California. She offers a few recommendations for how to get more informed and involved in putting people and the environment before profit. If you don't already know Mia's writing, prepare to fall in love. She rocks! ...

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Turning Wheel On Tricycle: Bodhisattva Work

Now up on the web site of Tricycle magazine, check out an interview with me (Katie), Jacks, and Everett about some of the aims and aspirations of Buddhist-based media work for collective liberation. Thanks to the folks at Tricycle for having us!  They asked us a ton of great questions: we were so excited that I think our responses were about 18 times what they could fit in the post! :) It was a pleasure and ...

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Support Sikh American Shooting Victims This Sunday & Beyond

As quickly as the news came out that 6 people were murdered during services at a Sikh temple last Sunday, speculation began about the shooter's motives. Was it racially motivated? Did the gunman mistake "peaceful" Sikhs for supposedly not-so-peaceful Muslims, as this history of violence against Sikhs since 9/11 implies? Amardeep Singh breaks down why a focus on "mistaken identity" misses the point - mass vi ...

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“Expropriating the Expropriators”

So here's where I run into questions.  On the one hand, I find this direct action by unemployed fieldworkers in Spain very inspiring and wonderful! The Spanish field workers union the SAT has gone en masse to two supermarkets to take food by direct action. Unemployed fieldworkers and other members of the union went to two supermarkets, one in Ecija (Sevilla) and one in Arcos de la Frontera (Cadiz) and loade ...

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Breathing Fumes

Today in the Bay Area, we are still feeling the effects of the toxic fire at a Chevron refinery in Richmond, California. Hundreds of people from the surrounding area have sought medical care. It's hitting folks with chemical sensitivities and asthma especially hard - some friends who live 15 miles away in Oakland are reporting difficulty breathing the toxic air. The Asian Pacific Environmental Network is re ...

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Bryant Terry’s Cookbook Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone who shared, retweeted, and gave an insight and comment in connection with Bryant Terry's video post on dharma, the kitchen and his new cookbook, The Inspired Vegan. Bows of gratitude to the more than forty people who entered the contest to win a free copy of Bryant's book. From the random drawing on Sunday night, our winner is Noemi Martinez! Noemi is "a Chicana/Bori writer slash poet ...

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Plum Village Hamlets Celebrate 30 Years (VIDEO)

Our friend David Nelson of the Bay Area BPF Sitting & Study group made this video of the sights & sounds during a 21 day retreat in June 2012, celebrating the 30th year of Plum Village. Most Venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh offered wise guidance on applying mindfulness into daily life during this "The science of the Buddha" retreat. Enjoy! ~ dawn ...

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Bodhisattva Demonstrators, Bodhisattva Infiltrators

Whether explicitly designed to highlight spiritual perspectives, like last week's Stop the Frack Attack demonstration in Washington, DC, or simply exemplifying deep courage and compassion, like immigration rights activists who infiltrated detention centers and risked deportation to expose wrongdoing, the work of the bodhisattva always has heart. Later this year and next, we'll be offering some more structur ...

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Rights for Conscientious Objectors Now!

Organizations sign letter to Colombian Defense Minister demanding that conscientious objectors rights be respected Buddhist Peace Fellowship and 96 other organizations, churches and academics from Europe and the United States signed a letter to Colombian Defense Minister Juan Pinzón, expressing our deep concerns about the human rights of Colombian youth who not only are recruited by illegal armed groups but ...

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Health Theme Postponed Til September, More Time for Current Events

Hey everyone! Many thanks to all who've already submitted media for the month-long theme on Health! We were going to feature the submissions in August, right on the heels of our Food Justice month, but decided we needed a month of breathing room to return to News, Action, and Practice — on all sorts of topics. Hope you enjoy this month of up-to-the-minute Buddhist engagement. And in a fortuitous coincidence ...

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