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Block, Build, Be Leadership Retreat July 15–17

Block, Build, Be Leadership Retreat July 15–17

Do you get down at the intersection of social justice and Buddhism? Looking to build community with folks dedicated to practicing spiritual and political liberation? You're officia ...

Sitting For the Frisco Five

Sitting For the Frisco Five

The first time I remember sitting in front of San Francisco City Hall was at my high school prom, 12 years ago. I was barely politicized back then. The last time I sat in front of ...

Growing the Ranks of White Buddhists Against White Supremacy

Growing the Ranks of White Buddhists Against White Supremacy

For the past 2 years, I’ve been talking with white Buddhists in Oakland and across the US about how the dharma can help us dismantle racism. ...

Dharma & Direct Action Training comes to Michigan in September

Dharma & Direct Action Training comes to Michigan in September

Join BPF and the Environmentalist Group of the Zen Buddhist Temple, Ann Arbor, for a two-day September workshop to develop inspiring responses to injustice guided by spiritual wisd ...

Block, Build, and Be: Buddhism and Social Justice

Block, Build, and Be: Buddhism and Social Justice

What do you want to Block? What do you want to Build? And what do you want to Be? For a limited time, give to the BPF campaign and receive lovely perks for your donation. ...

Are Trump Protests A Collective Form of Boundary Setting?

Are Trump Protests A Collective Form of Boundary Setting?

What would it mean to set healthy boundaries against Trump's violent rhetoric? ...

5 Ways Buddhists Can Counter Trump’s Bigotry

5 Ways Buddhists Can Counter Trump’s Bigotry

As Buddhists or spiritual people committed to justice, what can we do about hateful, ultra-conservative, quasi-fascist movements like the rise of Donald Trump? ...

Artist Ang Tsherin Sherpa

Born in 1968 in Kathmandu, Nepal, Ang Tsherin Sherpa began apprenticing at age twelve under his father, renowned Tibetan thangka artist Master Urgen Dorje. He has also studied computer science and Mandarin in Taiwan, and Buddhist philosophy in Nepal. Now he lives in Oakland, California, painting thangkas and teaching classes in thangka painting. Are you already a longtime fan of Ang Tsherin Sherpa's work? T ...

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Military Suicide Rates Double; Army Responds with Nasal Spray

I've been sitting, looking at this blank text box, for 20 minutes. I just … don't even know what to say. Mind clouded with rage. From Katie Drummond at The Daily: Suicide among American troops has increased steadily since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In July, the number of suicides among active-duty soldiers reached 26 — more than double the number in June and the highest for any month sin ...

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Is it possible to unravel racism in mostly white US Buddhist centers?

My friend and teacher Mushim Ikeda spoke this week at San Francisco Zen Center on “Daylighting the Hidden Streams: Why Our Stories Matter” (audio here). She discussed how sharing our stories – especially stories that highlight difference - can bring to light the hidden streams of our true nature. Mushim’s talk had been planned far in advance, but it was particularly timely this week as the SFZC community wa ...

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Offering Ourselves To Ourselves: Is This Self-Determination?

The world's biggest new hydroelectric project has been halted after indigenous and conservation resistance, international opposition, and a Brazilian federal court order. According to The Guardian, the Belo Monte dam "is one of the pillars of Brazil's efforts to reduce dependency on fossil fuels." But the court ruled that there had been insufficient consultation with the indigenous groups that would be affe ...

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Hozan Alan Senauke’s Podcast On Upaya: The Bodhisattva’s Embrace

Former BPF Executive Director, current ED of Clear View Project, and internationally hardworking Hozan Alan Senauke is offering a podcast series at Upaya called The Bodhisattva's Embrace (the same title of his most recent book). The series sounds as grounded and illuminating as we would expect from Alan. Series Description: This program is part of our Buddhist Chaplaincy Training curriculum but is also appr ...

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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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