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Embody Fierce Compassion: Buddhists at the People’s Climate March

Embody Fierce Compassion: Buddhists at the People’s Climate March

For many years, the two preoccupations of my life, “meditation practice” and “environmental science”, were two streams that ran parallel to each other. ...

Our Social Movements Need More Movement!

Our Social Movements Need More Movement!

A little over a week ago, I co-taught a workshop with Mushim Patricia Ikeda at the Buddhist Peace Fellowship's National Gathering entitled "Movement for Right Action: Yoga for Soci ...

Buddhists Blockade Hotel to Protest Police-Military Training

Buddhists Blockade Hotel to Protest Police-Military Training

Buddhist Peace Fellowship and allies decided to stage a group meditation blockading the doors of a Marriott Hotel in Oakland, California. The reason? Police violence and institutio ...

#3: In this Moment: When Suffering Ceases for Queer Africa

#3: In this Moment: When Suffering Ceases for Queer Africa

In my first video-essay, “The Dukkha of Loving Others: Homophobia in Africa,” I discussed how the recent rise in state-sponsored homophobia harms all Africans: those who identify a ...

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 ...

Righteous and ready to burn: 20 years after LA

[Editor's Note: Hi, folks, Katie here. I want to acknowledge that for many folks who commit their lives to peacemaking, the concept of an article dedicated to the anniversary of the LA riots might seem jarring.  We at Turning Wheel certainly welcome comments and feedback (fitting with our commenting guidelines) — in fact, the immediacy of online feedback and dialogue is one of the reasons we're excited to h ...

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May Day Seattle: Hip Hop Rise & Decolonize

For many of us, the relationship between "Occupy" and "Decolonize" is still a live question. For one group in Seattle, the question is ALL The Way Live. Bringing the cypher to the picket line, Seattle's activists in Hip Hop Occupies To Decolonize infuse the militant dynamism of hip hop into their local movements: not just in superficial form, but in a deep spirit of creativity, collaboration, and resistance ...

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Karma of Confinement: Amazing Timeline On US “Freedom”

Check this out. (article by Jamilah King at Colorlines.) Bay Area artist Evan Bissell has co-created an incredible interactive learning tool that shows how "freedom" for some in America has always come at the expense of others. “The Knotted Line” uses interactive, semi-hidden paintings and participatory text to wind through half a millenium of exclusion and confinement in the part of Turtle Island now calle ...

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Submit to MOONROOT!

Heads up, folks!  If you don't already know, MOONROOT is a gorgeous, uplifting, and deeply intentional collaborative project created by "womyn, genderqueer, and trans* folks of Asian descent."  Their first zine was freaking rad and beautiful, and the deadline for submissions for issue #2 is coming up, April 29th.  If you self-identify in this community, jump on it! WHO WE ARE: MOONROOT is an ongoing collect ...

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Land (Re)Occupation and the Second Precept: from Honduras to NorCal

Fair warning: I may become a broken record on the question of the second precept. As part of the traditional ethical prescriptions for lay Buddhist practitioners, the second precept is usually presented as something like: "I undertake a training to refrain from taking that which is not given."  Different teachers and sanghas have more succinct or expansive versions (the version from Thich Nhat Hanh's commun ...

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New Face At Turning Wheel: Katie Loncke (VIDEO)

Transcript: Hey, what's up everybody, this is Katie Loncke, comin to you from Oakland, California.  I wanted to introduce myself: I'm the newest addition to Buddhist Peace Fellowship and Turning Wheel Media, and I wanted to introduce my new little corner of Turning Wheel: my blog called Liberation By Any Means Necessary.  That's gonna be a place where I'm harvesting gems from all corners of the internet, to ...

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In Dialogue with Ajahn Sulak Sivaraksa: I Will Not Kill, I Will Not Steal (VIDEO)

What do the precepts of non-killing and non-stealing mean in our world filled with global violence and consumerism? Ajahn Sulak Sivaraksa, Thailand's 79-year-old leader of socially engaged Buddhism, spoke on this question at a Buddhist Peace Fellowship event on March 24, 2012. A founder of the International Network of Socially Engaged Buddhists and a recipient of the Niwano Peace Prize and the Right Livelih ...

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Breaking Through the Waves: Lama Tsultrim Allione Talks About Becoming the Woman She Was Looking For

Lama Tsultrim Allione, M.A. was one of the first American women to be ordained as a Tibetan nun in 1970 by the 16th Karmapa. After four years as a nun, she returned her monastic vows, married, and raised a family of three. Author of Women of Wisdom and Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict, she is the founder of Tara Mandala retreat center in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Lama Tsultri ...

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Preoccupied

Sunday I find myself in the local plant nursery selecting pink and yellow primulas to take to a neighbor undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma. What better place to be on a winter verging into spring day, I think, and what better thing to be doing than bringing a little color home to a neighbor? — Downtown, perhaps, site of Occupy Oakland’s latest action. I was listening to news of  it on Free Speech Radio o ...

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Sanghahood: Neighborhood as Sangha

About this blog: Sanghahood—a conjunction of neighborhood and sangha, shorthand for neighborhood as sangha. A place where we apply the Buddha Way to our immediate circumstances, while  remembering that the whole universe is right here now: the vow to extend peace and protection to all beings includes those connected to us in familial and tribal ways, as well as those beyond all tangible boundaries, the most ...

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