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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. ...

Occupying the Present Moment

Occupying the Present Moment: Why BPF Supports the Occupy Movement by Buddhist Peace Fellowship Staff - Sarah Weintraub, Jacks McNamara, and Dawn Haney  with help from: Mushim Ikeda-Nash, Maia Duerr, Roshi Joan Halifax, and Chris Wilson Interconnection.  We are moved by the interconnectedness expressed in this movement.  Occupy Wall Street is not about one environmental situation or one war, but rather abou ...

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Meeting Our History

As we launch the new Turning Wheel Media, we are reflecting on where we have been, where we are going, and what the necessary transformations might look like. This cultural moment is ripe with change—from the Arab spring to the Occupy movement, from spiritual teachers re-visioning what healing can look like to examining whether liberation is even possible. It may be true that “every situation is an expressi ...

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Dialectics

when he saw the shrapnel in his leg, he decided to take up running   … to leave, to embrace, to murderously oppose— visceral decisions two boys must face daily. One boy to mother—“I hate you; please let me come back to live with you at home, those other people I am with... are cruel!” Their tears articulate, meander through the ducts and down the nose, giant lumps choke off the throat and all flows rev ...

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kandahar

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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