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To Liberate All Beings from the Dukkha of Deportation

To Liberate All Beings from the Dukkha of Deportation

Last year, on November 8, a member of my chosen family deported himself to Mexico. Rodolfo's courage in fighting for migrant justice reminds me of the first vow of the Bodhisattva ...

A New Story of Us: Storytelling, Movement Building & the 4th Noble Truth

A New Story of Us: Storytelling, Movement Building & the 4th Noble Truth

Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a ...

A Song to Stop Urban Shield

A Song to Stop Urban Shield

The 1999 WTO protests in Seattle marked the beginning of what has become a rapid militarization of U.S. police departments all across the country. BPFers in the Bay Area decided to ...

When You Picture U.S. Buddhists, Do You Think Of Me?

When You Picture U.S. Buddhists, Do You Think Of Me?

Re-visibilizing Asian Americans in Buddhism is a precious opportunity. It can mean opening up, anchoring in hard historical truths, and bearing witness to an array of stories, voic ...

Fuck Your Right Speech (Are You Listening?)

Fuck Your Right Speech (Are You Listening?)

Is Right Speech rigged to support the status quo? ...

Buddhists and the Bloc: An Open Thread On Antifa

Buddhists and the Bloc: An Open Thread On Antifa

Buddhists disagree over black bloc tactics and antifa orientations. What's your take? ...

Urgent Prayers for Charlottesville, Virginia

Urgent Prayers for Charlottesville, Virginia

As extreme right-wing groups, encouraged to arrive armed, prepare to converge in Charlottesville, Virginia tomorrow, we at Buddhist Peace Fellowship want to Be in spiritual and mat ...

VIDEO from “Who Speaks?”: Alka Arora

Presenting the last of our four videos.  Enjoy this talk by Alka Arora, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Women's Spirituality at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a first generation Indian-American with spiritual roots in the Yogic philosophy of Hinduism. With these roots as a foundation, she has also been deeply influenced by the vipassana tradition within Buddhism, New T ...

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Not the Same Ol’ Leadership

Since late 2009, Buddhist Peace Fellowship has been in a transition to younger leadership. Under Sarah Weintraub’s direction, the organization has become increasingly relevant to the next generation of socially engaged Buddhists. This shift continues as Katie Loncke and Dawn Haney move to the front as the new co-directors of Buddhist Peace Fellowship. As young leaders in movements for social justice, we gre ...

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VIDEO From “Who Speaks?”: Donald Rothberg

Our third of four videos features Donald Rothberg — a leading teacher and writer on socially engaged spiritual practice. He has taught and practiced Buddhist meditation for over 30 years, and his engaged work has pioneered new ways of connecting inner and outer transformation.  He is a member of the Teacher's Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and author of The Engaged Spiritual Life. ...

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VIDEO from “Who Speaks?”: David Loy

Take a gander at the first of our four videos from the recent BPF event in Oakland: thoughts from David Loy, professor, Zen teacher, and author of Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution and The World Is Made of Stories. ===================== I think I am going to change a little bit what I am going to talk about. Actually two things, first of all I would like just like to follow up and rein ...

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The White Guys Were Intolerable

Reflections on “What’s Up with Engaged Buddhism? Who gets to speak?” – a Buddhist Peace Fellowship evening at the Oakland Peace Center with panelists Alka Arora, Katie Loncke, Donald Rothberg, and David Loy, moderated by Jen-Mei Wu and featuring visual artist Kenji Liu, May 20, 2012 [Photo removed by request.] Right at the get-go, the Baby Boomer generation socially engaged Buddhist expert white guys on the ...

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Paul Hawken on Tricycle: “Hope is a mental narcotic”

Word to the wise: our friends at Tricycle have a few recent articles up featuring fascinating and provocative insights from folks whose names you might recognize. Available to Tricycle subscribers, an interview with Joanna Macy called "Allegiance To Life: Staying steady through the mess we're in" explores relationships between embracing doubt and maintaining our convictions; avoiding dogma; and how "our pow ...

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Weekly News Roundup

Friends!  It's been quite a week at BPF and Turning Wheel!  Our call for submissions on the Dharma of Food Justice dropped, and we're already confirming contributions from authors, poets, and activists that I'm super excited about.  (I'm talking people whose work I've been following for years!  Yes!)  And last Sunday here in Oakland we held our first installment of "What's Up With Engaged Buddhism" (video a ...

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Dharma of Food Justice: Call For Submissions!

From Thich Nhat Hanh's famous tangerine meditation, to Vandana Shiva and the Navdanya network's subversive seed saving, to urban farming, landless peasant organizing, and efforts to liberate sentient beings from factory farms, the realm of food justice contains innumerable dharma doors.   Food and food justice help us reflect on the meaning of profound teachings: interdependence, impermanence, generosity, r ...

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Engaged Buddhist Art by Kenji Liu

Bay Area artist Kenji Liu has just released this gorgeous new poster for sale, and the only reason I haven't already ordered one is that I'm planning to hit up his table at this Sunday's Buddhist Peace Fellowship event.  (What's Up With Engaged Buddhism?  Part 1: Who Gets To Speak?  with David Loy, Donald Rothberg, Alka Arora, Jen-Mei Wu, Kenji, and me. If you're around Oakland, CA, you should come!) Lemme ...

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