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Gender Dysphoria and the Dharma

Gender Dysphoria and the Dharma

As a gender non-conforming person, I am prone to leaving my body, abandoning it, running away. Buddhist meditation helped me come back to a "buddha-nature drenched in flesh." ...

Right Anger and the Path to the End of Caste

Right Anger and the Path to the End of Caste

In the face of violence and brutality, we should develop "samma kodha" — Right Anger — for the sake of all beings. ...

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 ...

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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Occupying the Neighbor’hood

  Following meditation, each morning I make my bows to the Three Treasures of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. When I come to Sangha, I think, if I think at all, of my neighbors, those to whom I extend whatever wisdom and compassion I’ve garnered from the Buddha Way and who teach me what the Way is on the street. What I give out and what I get back fully engages me with the world. In fact, this apparently na ...

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Buddhist Perspectives on Occupy

Arising to the Interconnectedness of Life? A Buddhist Perspective on the Occupy Movement - Bernie Glassman, 12/22/11 My Brush with Brutality and Love - John Helmiere, 12/14/11 Notes on Economy (Pt. 1) - Joshua Stephens, 12/12/11 Why I'm Involved in the Occupy Movement - Maia Duerr, 12/11/11 Silence in the Occupation -- A Model for Others?- Patrick Groneman, 12/9/11 Generosity Keeps on Giving - Max Airborne, ...

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My Brush with Brutality and Love

Yesterday evening, I was brutally beaten by my brothers on the Seattle Police force as I stood before an entrance to Pier 18 of the Seattle Port in my clergy garb bellowing, “Keep the Peace! Keep the Peace!”  An officer pulled me down from behind and threw me to the asphalt.  Between my cries of pain and shouts of “I’m a man of peace!” he pressed a knee to my spine and immobilized my arms behind my back, cr ...

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