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Now Open! BPF Gathering Aug 29-31, 2014

Now Open! BPF Gathering Aug 29-31, 2014

BPF National Gathering August 29–31, Oakland, California [divide style="2"] Send us your Mandala Form before May 16th to qualify for Early Bird discounts! (a limited number of scho ...

Meet Todd: Buddhist, Trucker, Organizer.

Meet Todd: Buddhist, Trucker, Organizer.

Todd felt that “inner nudge.” You know the one. The one suggesting, then demanding, that you practice peace beyond the meditation cushion. The one longing for a community that beli ...

How We Caused (and perpetuate) the African Homophobia we now Decry

How We Caused (and perpetuate) the African Homophobia we now Decry

How We Caused (and perpetuate) the African Homophobia we now Decry   [divide style="2"] Transcript forthcoming — TWM apologizes for the delay and thanks you for your patience! ...

What Would the Buddha Do?

What Would the Buddha Do?

"David Loy's new blog pulls no punches. Jumping off from the recent IPCC climate disruption report, he engages us deeply with the profound questions of whether and how Buddhadharma ...

What We Ignore Makes Us Ignorant

What We Ignore Makes Us Ignorant

  Storytelling, Movement Building, and the Second Noble Truth By Mushim Ikeda [divide] We were taking an easy family hike in Tilden Park, in the hills above Berkeley, California, a ...

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Second Noble Truth

Ouch! Systemic Suffering and the Second Noble Truth

[Editor's Note: If you, like us, are thirsting for more socially grounded perspectives on Dharma, you can help Zenju get her beautiful, boldly peaceful meditation center, Still Bre ...

How We Show Up: Storytelling, Movement Building, and the First Noble Truth

How We Show Up: Storytelling, Movement Building, and the First Noble Truth

For me, there’s an often missing and crucial piece of the puzzle in socially engaged Buddhist dialogues, both in person and especially in online dialogues where we express our view ...

Why I Can’t Get Excited About A “Russell Brand” Revolution

There's been much excited discussion online about the recent comments of actor Russell Brand during a BBC interview. Given how vapid so much of pop culture is, I get it that anytime a celebrity says something smart in public it's almost a cause for celebration. Furthermore, the fact that Brand called out the rottenness of our economic system and even suggested that a revolution may be coming is a surprising ...

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10 Principles of Our Radical Rebirth

BPF's recent "radical rebirth" is more than just a slogan. It's an exciting and daunting project for us, and for the great people (you!) who are building this community with us. How do we put the Buddha's teachings into action — in innovative, challenging, and joyful ways? It's a tough puzzle sometimes, but here are 10 principles guiding us in this exciting and transformative moment. Let us know what you th ...

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Thus Have I Seen: Progress

Seeing things as they are, mindfully, critically, and compassionately. Thus Have I Seen A contemplative photography series by Christian Zen practitioner Kyeongil Jung.     5. Progress Thailand, 2011.   "It is not imperfection, but incompletion."   [divide style="3"] Kyeongil Jung is a Christian Zen practitioner and currently serves as the Director for the Saegil Christian Institute for Societ ...

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BPF Vows To “Marry The Movement” (Full Video)

Only 6 days left for our fall fundraiser — thank you to everyone who continues to give and share! Your support for linking Buddhism and social justice is humbling and inspiring. As an example of the kind of vibrant work your generosity makes possible, today we wanted to share the full video of our August "Marry The Movement" action. (Offered anonymously in a media-sharing file from the action — thank you to ...

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“Nonviolence is the Only Means of Struggle Worthy of a Better World”

(This is the last of 5 short selections from an interview with Waging Nonviolence co-founder Nathan Schneider. You can read the first installment of the interview series here, here and here.) Nathan will be the featured guest for BPF's monthly phone call this Sunday October 27th.) Why should people take nonviolent approaches seriously? What is to be gained?  What are some of the benefits you've personally e ...

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The Social Activism of Zen Master Nanchuan’s Cat

All this talk about violence and non-violence made me think of koans. Old Zen masters. And how their experiences may or may not help us address what right action might look like in social activism. A monk asked Zhaozhou, “For a long time, I’ve heard of the stone bridge of Zhaozhou, but now that I’ve come here I only see a simple log bridge.” Zhaozhou said, “You just see the log bridge; you don’t see the sto ...

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“Nonviolence Does Not Mean Avoiding Conflict”

(This is the fourth of 5 short selections from an interview with Waging Nonviolence co-founder Nathan Schneider. You can read the first installment of the interview series here, here and here.) Nathan will be the featured guest for BPF's monthly phone call on October 27th.) On the Waging Nonviolence website, it says, "For us, to wage nonviolence is to embrace conflict, so we try to embrace such conflicts in ...

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The Sword that Heals

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power ...

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Beautiful Trouble: On the difference between Gandhian, Strategic, and Revolutionary Nonviolence

By now, you've probably seen this viral video, where young Pakistani Malala Yousufzai professes a radical commitment to nonviolence when considering the possibility that the Taliban would again try to kill her for daring to demand education for girls. [youtube=http://youtu.be/YT6xWX1uZx8] I used to think that the Talib would come, and he would just kill me. But then I said, ‘If he comes, what would you do M ...

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Thus Have I Seen: Beauty and Busy-ness

Seeing things as they are, mindfully, critically, and compassionately. Thus Have I Seen A contemplative photography series by Christian Zen practitioner Kyeongil Jung.   4. Beauty and Busy-ness The Rotunda, Union Theological Seminary, New York.   "However busy we are, we can always find a moment to notice and sit with the beauty of life."   [divide style="3"] Kyeongil Jung is a Christian Zen ...

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