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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 ...

Long Retreat Scholarships Available for Young People and People of Color

Long Retreat Scholarships Available for Young People and People of Color

Spirit Rock Meditation Center is offering an unprecedented number of scholarships for people of color and young people to attend the month-long and 2-month retreats in early 2015. ...

Occupy the Present Moment at Occupy Oakland General Strike

11/2/2011 November 2 * Occupy Oakland * General Strike Participate with Other Buddhists, Meditators, and Faith-Based Groups Last Tuesday, with the world watching, police in riot gear shot 2000 protestors at Occupy Oakland with tear gas and rubber bullets. The next day, the protestors could have responded with violence. Instead, people peacefully came together and called for a General Strike on November 2nd. ...

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Paper Cranes

I stood in Oscar Grant / Frank Ogawa Plaza late Wednesday evening, in the midst of a thousand people milling about in jubilation. The people claimed victory that night after peacefully retaking the Plaza, one night after the world watched Oakland police and 17 other law enforcement agencies shoot tear gas canisters and rubber bullets at a peaceful crowd. I returned to stand under the canopy of the city tree ...

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Occupy Wall Street and Beyond

In Fall 2011, people joined in Liberty Square in lower Manhattan and began to organize in nonviolent protest against the greed and corruption of the wealthiest 1% of America. Since then, Occupy movements have sprung up in cities and small towns across the US and throughout the world. How can I get involved as a Socially Engaged Buddhist? We at BPF are inspired by this mobilization and encourage socially eng ...

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Possibilities and Limits Part 2: Healing and Practice as a Path to Liberation

I came to know Staci Haines as a powerful teacher and guide when I became a student in the Somatics and Trauma Practitioner Training offered by Staci and Generative Somatics. Coming from a background as both a meditation practitioner and a radical mental health activist with a trauma-based analysis, I was deeply moved by Staci’s work. Her approach locates healing from trauma and oppression as an embodied pr ...

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Sat in silence

Reflections from People Sitting Daily at Occupy Oakland Everyday is different at Occupy Oakland. The park was reopened to the public so we meditated on the steps leading into the Occupy Oakland -- Frank Ogawa Plaza The core group sat at noon and by 1pm over 50 people either sat, stood, joined in or asked questions We sat in powerful silence staying in the present. Being mindful of who we are and how we are ...

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Occupy Wall Street: Notes on Non-Attachment

[caption id="attachment_3150" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo by D. Foy O'Brien[/caption] As I read over the comments on my first article on Occupy Wall Street, which (encouragingly) all seemed to be from participants in various occupations, it seemed folks were struggling with a particular theme: How does one inhabit and experience this profound moment, and all the intensity, beauty, and the best selv ...

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Social Justice Perspectives on Occupy

We have been following commentary on the Occupy movements that brings an analysis of race, capitalism, colonization, and militarization to our understanding of this movement. We are also interested in how the US Occupy Movement connects to other global movements for justice. What does healing look like?: To all the white people talking about unity in the Occupy movement - bodies of story, 10/27/11 "healing ...

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The World is Watching Oakland

Tonight I witnessed one of the most incredible things I have ever seen. One night after the Oakland police brutally attacked a thousand nonviolent protesters with tear gas, sound grenades, and rubber bullets, the people of Oakland responded by meeting in a peaceful  general assembly of 3000 community members to come to consensus about how to move forward. ...

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Fall 2011 Mini-Magazine

It's here! The 1st downloadable print version of the Turning Wheel Media mini–magazine. Click here to download your copy: 2011 October Mini-Mag Featuring our top 3 articles: Limits and Possibilities: Healing and Practice as a Path to Liberation, an Interview with Staci Haines & David Treleaven Occupy Wall Street: One No, Many Yes’s, A Political History of the Occupy Movement, by Joshua  Stephens Unfinis ...

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Occupy Oakland

  Buddhist Peace Fellowship has been moved to be closely connected with the Occupy Oakland encampment happening just 2 miles from our national office in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. Early in the morning on Tuesday, October 25th, hundreds of police in riot gear raided Occupy Oakland, arresting 95 people and destroying the camp. At 6pm that evening, thousands of people took to the streets in peace ...

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