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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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Make Meetings a Refuge

Make Meetings a Refuge

"Those might be the nicest things people have ever said to me," a BPF board member reflected sincerely as we closed our yearly board and staff retreat with a circle of appreciation ...

Refuge in the Truth of Change: Session 2 of Refuge & Resistance

Refuge in the Truth of Change: Session 2 of Refuge & Resistance

How can we find a sense of refuge in a world that keeps on changing? What does it mean to both accept the truth of change, and contribute to shaping change? And how can refuge supp ...

When MLK Jr. Rejected “Obnoxious Peace”

When MLK Jr. Rejected “Obnoxious Peace”

As an organization with "Peace" in our name, we are often misunderstood. On MLK Day, let's clarify some things. ...

Breaking Through the Waves: Lama Tsultrim Allione Talks About Becoming the Woman She Was Looking For

Lama Tsultrim Allione, M.A. was one of the first American women to be ordained as a Tibetan nun in 1970 by the 16th Karmapa. After four years as a nun, she returned her monastic vows, married, and raised a family of three. Author of Women of Wisdom and Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict, she is the founder of Tara Mandala retreat center in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Lama Tsultri ...

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Preoccupied

Sunday I find myself in the local plant nursery selecting pink and yellow primulas to take to a neighbor undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma. What better place to be on a winter verging into spring day, I think, and what better thing to be doing than bringing a little color home to a neighbor? — Downtown, perhaps, site of Occupy Oakland’s latest action. I was listening to news of  it on Free Speech Radio o ...

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Sanghahood: Neighborhood as Sangha

About this blog: Sanghahood—a conjunction of neighborhood and sangha, shorthand for neighborhood as sangha. A place where we apply the Buddha Way to our immediate circumstances, while  remembering that the whole universe is right here now: the vow to extend peace and protection to all beings includes those connected to us in familial and tribal ways, as well as those beyond all tangible boundaries, the most ...

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Occupying the Neighbor’hood

  Following meditation, each morning I make my bows to the Three Treasures of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. When I come to Sangha, I think, if I think at all, of my neighbors, those to whom I extend whatever wisdom and compassion I’ve garnered from the Buddha Way and who teach me what the Way is on the street. What I give out and what I get back fully engages me with the world. In fact, this apparently na ...

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Buddhist Perspectives on Occupy

Arising to the Interconnectedness of Life? A Buddhist Perspective on the Occupy Movement - Bernie Glassman, 12/22/11 My Brush with Brutality and Love - John Helmiere, 12/14/11 Notes on Economy (Pt. 1) - Joshua Stephens, 12/12/11 Why I'm Involved in the Occupy Movement - Maia Duerr, 12/11/11 Silence in the Occupation -- A Model for Others?- Patrick Groneman, 12/9/11 Generosity Keeps on Giving - Max Airborne, ...

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My Brush with Brutality and Love

Yesterday evening, I was brutally beaten by my brothers on the Seattle Police force as I stood before an entrance to Pier 18 of the Seattle Port in my clergy garb bellowing, “Keep the Peace! Keep the Peace!”  An officer pulled me down from behind and threw me to the asphalt.  Between my cries of pain and shouts of “I’m a man of peace!” he pressed a knee to my spine and immobilized my arms behind my back, cr ...

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Notes on Economy (Pt. 1)

Last week the New York City General Assembly, the democratic body through which Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is administered in Lower Manhattan, set a profound precedent by approving a proposal to convert the Screen Printing Working Group to a horizontally-organized workers cooperative. The proposal flew under the radars of virtually everyone, as far as I can tell. For those unfamiliar, the Screen Printing Work ...

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Buddhism in Action

The Mahabodhi International Meditation Center stands out as a model of socially engaged Buddhism in India. Perched high in the Himalayas, this vibrant spiritual community consists of a residential school for more than 400 poor children drawn from surrounding villages, an institute for the blind, a home for the aged, a monastery, a nunnery and more. The vision to form a community based on socially engaged Bu ...

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Nine Minutes of Silence on Dec. 3rd

We invite you to join a global coalition of transformative practice communities as we converge for transformative change at Occupy. We invite all to converge in Nine Minutes of Silence. We also invite you to read a Dedication of our intentions in doing so here and to organize additional transformative practices before or after the convergence. We chose this format to be inclusive of different practices with ...

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Dedication for Nine Minutes of Silence

On December 3rd, BPF members, chapters, allies came together for Nine Minutes of Silence in support of the Occupy Movement.  Read more here. We used the following dedication as part of our practice on that day. Dedication: By [practicing, praying, meditating, resting in silence] together on this third day of December, 2011, we recognize the basic connection we share with all beings. We understand that a sin ...

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