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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. ...

“Memory Is Political”: Storytelling, Movement Building, and the Third Noble Truth

“Memory Is Political”: Storytelling, Movement Building, and the Third Noble Truth

The question of the usefulness or non-relevance of “the story” is one of the great “both / ands” of living a Buddhist life. And, all human stories, descending from the most cosmic ...

BPF Summer Gathering Schedule

BPF Summer Gathering Schedule

The BPF Summer Gathering will bring together Buddhists and activists from over 20 states and multiple countries, for dialogues, meditation, and training in nonviolent direct action ...

Practice in Transformative Action: Bay Area training program

Practice in Transformative Action: Bay Area training program

Mushim Ikeda, contributor to BPF's The System Stinks curriculum, is launching another year of the Practice in Transformative Action (PiTA 2) yearlong program at East Bay Meditation ...

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taper smoke twirling in the heavy dark   perfume of danger   the rotted opposite of hometown matins   Timothy Gray is author of Gary Snyder and the Pacific Rim (2006) and Urban Pastoral (2010), both published by University of Iowa Press. His newest book, Reading Roots Rock Writing is also forthcoming from University of Iowa Press. He has new poems this year in Willows Wept Review and Pirene's ...

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Occupy Wall Street: One No, Many Yeses

Virtually anywhere I turn, I hear one of two criticisms about the Occupy Wall Street movement: a lack of organization, and a lack of demands. A visit to Zuccotti Park (or any of its offshoots from Nashville to Cape Cod to Beirut) quickly dissolves the first claim. As a member of the Education & Empowerment Working Group for Lower Manhattan’s occupation, I easily burn through 2-3 hours in each of our thr ...

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Why Bodhisattvas Stare at Walls

The old winter light like the desert. The memory of war in green places. The dryness in our mouths, the paralysis in our limbs, the way it feels to let your skull be heavy against the floor, the rising and falling, the walk we should be taking to end the word should, the way it all wells up between our ears; the songs, the grief, the attempts to keep the sun on our skin for a thousand years, to balance at t ...

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As My Life Falls Apart, I See a Sign

Driving through Los Banos on the busy highway, I see a man in sunglasses smoking calmly in the middle of the road waiting for a gap in traffic so he can finish crossing. His face is stubbled, sleeves rolled high on his biceps against the heat. He is in no hurry, taking one drag then another from his cigarette, letting the smoke drift haloed about his head—a rogue angel, the entire scene swirling round the f ...

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Senbazuru

  JOIN US! 1,000 PAPER CRANES INSTALLATION Saturday December 3rd, 1pm Frank Ogawa / Oscar Grant Plaza 14th & Broadway in Oakland 1,000 Paper Cranes for Occupy Oakland Despite the violent destruction of the Occupy Oakland encampment, people continue to sit and continue to find ways to contribute to peacemaking at Occupy Oakland. One of our Occupy Oakland sangha members started this project prior to ...

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Being “Present” at Occupy

Being Present at Occupy: Sunday October 16 Events On Sunday October 16 at 3pm EST / 12 noon PST, several mindfulness-based communities came together to host open, public meditations in their cities. Read about cities that participated in this global event! Stay connected with future plans for meditation at Occupy. Stories & Photos from Being Present events: Photo from Occupy Wall Street meditation - wit ...

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Occupy & Arab Spring

Why should engaged Buddhists get involved? by Chris Wilson, Board Chair of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship Some mainstream commentators have begun to describe the Occupy Wall Street movement as the American result of the Arab Spring. Is that a fair description? We believe it is. The willingness of Arab demonstrators to die for democracy caused thoughtful people in all democratic societies to pause and reflect ...

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Possibilities & Limits Part 1: 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 p ...

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Unfinished Work

I always thought of death as something that happens to you. Until I met Daniel. He set about dying with a keen sense of responsibility, as if elected to an important office—hoping to set a good example. And he did. *** Birds flying nearly vertical, landing lightly on bare limbs. Needles high above us, deep green clusters. The dry ones fell. They clicked on the tent roof at night when the wind blew and sound ...

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Letter from BPF on the Launch of Turning Wheel Media

Dear Friends, We are thrilled to launch the Buddhist Peace Fellowship’s newest offering: Turning Wheel Media. This year we transformed our award-winning journal of socially engaged Buddhism, Turning Wheel Magazine, into what you see here: an online forum for socially engaged Buddhism. We will continue to seek out the best in writing, art, and multimedia offerings that explore the meeting of Buddhist practic ...

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