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Announcing: 2017 Soma Award Winners

Announcing: 2017 Soma Award Winners

Bringing together the deep streams of Buddhist wisdom and organizing for social change, it is our honor to offer awards of $2,000 to 7 activists influenced by Buddhism. ...

Lineage of Resistance: When Asian American Buddhists Confront White Supremacy

Lineage of Resistance: When Asian American Buddhists Confront White Supremacy

25 years ago, a Japanese-American Reverend wrote a letter naming white supremacy in a famous Buddhist magazine. His letter went unpublished, until now. ...

Now Hiring: Buddhist Peace Fellowship Seeks Development Director

Now Hiring: Buddhist Peace Fellowship Seeks Development Director

Do you excel in Development and seek to transform toward just, life-giving economic systems? ...

Awakening Together with Integrity

Awakening Together with Integrity

BY LARRY YANG Often when we speak of the term “Mindfulness” there is a key component missing among its usefulness. What is often not addressed or explored is the aspect of mindfuln ...

New: $2,000 Soma Award

New: $2,000 Soma Award

Presenting the Soma Award: $2,000 for 5 activists whose outstanding work in social justice has been meaningfully influenced by Buddhism. Apply by April 28. ...

U Mad? Wisdom for Rageful Times

U Mad? Wisdom for Rageful Times

Screaming at your phone silently? Or not so silently? Join our 6-week web curriculum with spiritual and political wisdom on anger, rage, and betrayal. ...

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 ...

Off the Cushion and Into the Streets

© 2012 Toni Lester Thanissara and Toni Lester met while participating in a program held at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. From the start, it was clear they shared a deep desire to show how mindfulness and spirituality-based traditions have supported their social change activism. They invited their friend, Lisa Moore from the Boston University School of Social Work, to help keep them on track. ...

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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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