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Apply Now! Block, Build, Be Retreat 2017

Apply Now! Block, Build, Be Retreat 2017

Go deeper into BPF's unique ecology of spirituality and social justice, in our 2nd annual Block, Build, Be leadership retreat: blocking harm and oppression, building new worlds, an ...

Make Meetings a Refuge

Make Meetings a Refuge

"Those might be the nicest things people have ever said to me," a BPF board member reflected sincerely as we closed our yearly board and staff retreat with a circle of appreciation ...

Refuge in the Truth of Change: Session 2 of Refuge & Resistance

Refuge in the Truth of Change: Session 2 of Refuge & Resistance

How can we find a sense of refuge in a world that keeps on changing? What does it mean to both accept the truth of change, and contribute to shaping change? And how can refuge supp ...

When MLK Jr. Rejected “Obnoxious Peace”

When MLK Jr. Rejected “Obnoxious Peace”

As an organization with "Peace" in our name, we are often misunderstood. On MLK Day, let's clarify some things. ...

Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge: Session 1 of Refuge & Resistance

Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge: Session 1 of Refuge & Resistance

What do the Three Jewels of refuge look like in today's political world, as people become more desperate for safety? ...

Start the New Year with Refuge & Resistance

Start the New Year with Refuge & Resistance

All beings deserve refuge, but oppression requires resistance. Can we do both? Welcome to our January 2017 series, brand-new from BPF. ...

Surviving Auschwitz, Resisting Trump, Staying Open

Surviving Auschwitz, Resisting Trump, Staying Open

This week visiting home, I'm pulled to revisit some family papers. Today, under Trump's ascendancy, I am the exact same age as my grandfather was in Austria, when Hitler rose to po ...

Practicing Wise Speech: NVC-Dharma

Wise speech is a foundational practice for socially engaged Buddhists. As we bring our practice off the cushion and into the world, we step out of noble silence and open our mouths to speak. What comes out? ...

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Event: Being Buddhist in a Christian Society: Focus on Women

The Seattle Buddhist Temple and its Buddhist Women’s Association are sponsoring a fall conference. Being Buddhist in a Christian Society: Focus on Women Saturday, Sept. 29, 9:30-3:30 pm Seattle Buddhist Temple The event is billed as a “day to gain understanding of the connection between Buddhism and women’s everyday lives.Speakers are Rev. Patti Oshita, Buddhist Church of Sacramento, whose topic is “Everyda ...

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Recovery From the Dominant Culture

My name is Nichola, and I’m an addict. I have what is sometimes called, in pop psychology terms, an “addictive personality.” When I am not working a recovery program, I tend to develop unhealthy attachments to people, ways of being, and substances that I then try to use to give my life meaning or at least to numb the meaninglessness for a while. Over the years, I have used all of the following in this way: ...

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Alert! Thousands of Nonviolent Anti-Nuclear Protesters In India Facing Police Repression

My friend Umi, an anti-nuclear activist from Japan, alerted me to the situation unfolding right now in Tamil Nadu, southern India, where thousands of nonviolent protesters at the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant are facing tear gas, baton beatings, arrests, and more from police. I haven't found too much mainstream media coverage on it yet (anyone else?), so that means it's up to all of us! Please share these ...

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Working With Contraction: Practice

This is Part 5 of a 5-part series with Vanissar Tarakali, Ph.D., a body-whisperer who offers learn-through-the-body workshops & coaching for people who are transforming our world. She teaches how to collaborate wisely with our bodies to transform trauma & sustain social change. Healing oppression facilitator & DiversityWorks trainer, Dr. Tarakali passionately practices Generative Somatics, Intui ...

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Beyond Meditation: How Else Can Buddhism Change Politics?

Republican Senators in downward facing dog. Democrat Chiefs of Staff sitting in meditation. Political journalists receiving a massage. How might this change politics in the US if this were the norm? The HuffPost Oasis seeks to change the landscape of politics by offering yoga, meditation, massage, and a space for folks to unplug at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Arianna Huffington break ...

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Working With Contraction: Safety Practices

This is Part 4 of a 5-part series with Vanissar Tarakali, Ph.D., a body-whisperer who offers learn-through-the-body workshops & coaching for people who are transforming our world. She teaches how to collaborate wisely with our bodies to transform trauma & sustain social change. Healing oppression facilitator & DiversityWorks trainer, Dr. Tarakali passionately practices Generative Somatics, Intui ...

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What’s Your Big Question? (VIDEO)

How do we get beyond nonviolence as a foregone moral conclusion, and investigate how people might choose to deploy nonviolence strategically in high-stakes situations? How do we get beyond individual solutions like using cloth bags at the grocery store, and address the roots of what destroys our earth, like greed enshrined in capitalism? How do we work collectively, when our Buddhist and activist communitie ...

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Working With Contraction: Awareness Practices

This is Part 3 of a 5-part series with Vanissar Tarakali, Ph.D., a body-whisperer who offers learn-through-the-body workshops & coaching for people who are transforming our world. She teaches how to collaborate wisely with our bodies to transform trauma & sustain social change. Healing oppression facilitator & DiversityWorks trainer, Dr. Tarakali passionately practices Generative Somatics, Intui ...

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