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A New Story of Us: Storytelling, Movement Building & the 4th Noble Truth

A New Story of Us: Storytelling, Movement Building & the 4th Noble Truth

"Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity." – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer ...

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Twelve-Fold Path of Social Transformation

Systemic Youth Suffering: The Twelve-Fold Path of Social Transformation

When it comes to the education of low-income students of color, mindfulness can easily mystify the structure of social oppression, shifting the analysis of school reform from the s ...

Towards Collective Liberation, or Why We Won’t Stop Talking About Racism

Towards Collective Liberation, or Why We Won’t Stop Talking About Racism

Race was a central theme at BPF’s National Gathering, with offerings like: The Invisible Majority: Will the Real Asian American Buddhist Please Stand Up? Revisiting the Middle Pass ...

BPF Goes Off The Cushion with Rev. Danny Fisher

BPF Goes Off The Cushion with Rev. Danny Fisher

Don't miss Episode #3 of Danny Fisher's new Buddhist podcast series, "Off the Cushion!" Danny asks BPF's Co-Directors Dawn Haney and Katie Loncke about issues of structural racism ...

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Fourth Noble Truth

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Fourth Noble Truth

We are constantly yearning for peace and harmony. Yet, the transformation requires us to destroy a life system that we depend upon — a system that is artificially bound together by ...

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 ...

Engaged Buddhist Art by Kenji Liu

Bay Area artist Kenji Liu has just released this gorgeous new poster for sale, and the only reason I haven't already ordered one is that I'm planning to hit up his table at this Sunday's Buddhist Peace Fellowship event.  (What's Up With Engaged Buddhism?  Part 1: Who Gets To Speak?  with David Loy, Donald Rothberg, Alka Arora, Jen-Mei Wu, Kenji, and me. If you're around Oakland, CA, you should come!) Lemme ...

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Icelanders “reaping the benefits of anger”

Curious what folks think about this take on Iceland's economic recovery, and how it was precipitated by Icelanders who pelted parliament with rocks in 2009 demanding their leaders and bankers answer for the country’s economic and financial collapse. Given the positive outcome, would you be more inclined to physically pressure your government if, let's say, your country were similarly foisting the burden of ...

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Help Defend “Occupy The Farm” in Albany, CA

Remember the recent land re-occupation here in the Bay? It's recently come under attack by police. Re-posting Movement Generation's update on the current status, including what we can do all across the country — and beyond — to support. Occupy the Farm: Take Back the Gill Tract! Call For Support   Photo by: Dave Id / Indybay.org On Earth Day 2012, Occupy the Farm: Take Back the Tract launched with an ongoin ...

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Temporary

via Kenji Liu on Facebook. This made me smile. In the image there appear to be eleven phases of the corpse, while, as far as I can tell, the Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta describes nine.  (At least in this translation.)  Maybe there's another version it's referencing? In any case, many Buddhists still continue this ancient practice of reflecting on the impermanence of the body.  And again, bhikkhus, if a bhikkhu s ...

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May Day Dharma (VIDEO)

Click to watch a video of May Day reflections from BPF'ers Dawn and Katie, featuring photos from la Marcha por la Dignidad y Resistencia/ March for Dignity and Resistance.       ...

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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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