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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 ...

Emergency Teach-In AUGUST 17: Buddhists Wage Peace in Korea

Emergency Teach-In AUGUST 17: Buddhists Wage Peace in Korea

You might have heard Trump’s “fire and fury” dick-swinging toward North Korea, risking nuclear escalation. Did you also know that Won Buddhists are playing a major role for peace o ...

Now Hiring! Development & Communications Associate

Now Hiring! Development & Communications Associate

Are you ready for daily connection with social justice warriors rooted in Buddhist practice and values? Excited to support the financial growth and development of socially engaged ...

Show Us Your Jewels! A Community Art Project

Show Us Your Jewels! A Community Art Project

What does refuge look like to those who seek wisdom and liberation in both radical politics and compassionate contemplation?  Check out our community art project: Refuge: Show Us Y ...

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 His letter went unpublished, until now.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? ...

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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Possibilities & Limits Part 1: Healing and Practice as a Path to Liberation

I came to know Staci Haines as a powerful teacher and guide when I became a student in the Somatics and Trauma Practitioner Training offered by Staci and Generative Somatics. Coming from a background as both a meditation practitioner and a radical mental health activist, with a trauma-based analysis, I was deeply moved by Staci's work. Her approach locates healing from trauma and oppression as an embodied p ...

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Unfinished Work

I always thought of death as something that happens to you. Until I met Daniel. He set about dying with a keen sense of responsibility, as if elected to an important office—hoping to set a good example. And he did. *** Birds flying nearly vertical, landing lightly on bare limbs. Needles high above us, deep green clusters. The dry ones fell. They clicked on the tent roof at night when the wind blew and sound ...

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Letter from BPF on the Launch of Turning Wheel Media

Dear Friends, We are thrilled to launch the Buddhist Peace Fellowship’s newest offering: Turning Wheel Media. This year we transformed our award-winning journal of socially engaged Buddhism, Turning Wheel Magazine, into what you see here: an online forum for socially engaged Buddhism. We will continue to seek out the best in writing, art, and multimedia offerings that explore the meeting of Buddhist practic ...

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The Legacy: Back Issue Downloads

Download print-ready issues of Turning Wheel here! 2010 Winter Issue of Turning Wheel Magazine: Winter in America: Compassion for Hard Times Robert Aitken Roshi Remembered Relfections on the U.S. Social Forum Lin Jensen on Bringing Buddhist Teaching Inside High Desert State Prison Fighting Homelessness, Building Community: A Conversation with Noah Jennings and Rider Conway Winter in America: A Gallery of Gr ...

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Winter in America: The Urban Art of Chris Stain

by Chris Stain I got into art through graffiti when I was 11. It was the mid ‘80s, and my East Baltimore neighborhood was going through changes. It was a predominantly working class block with people from all walks of life. There were bricklayers and steamfitters, steel workers, longshoreman, and factory workers. Some were Native American, African American, some Irish, some Latino, some Polish, Scottish, It ...

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Robert Aitken Roshi (1917-2010)

Zen Master as Apostle for Change by Nelson Foster In the summer of 1976, the man we were still learning to call Aitken Roshi took a break from life on Maui to join the Continental Walk for Disarmament and Social Justice, midway in its ten-month march from the West Coast to Washington. Linking up with this small and anarchic bicentennial-year mission urging Americans to rethink their political views and to e ...

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Media Reviews from Winter 2010

That Bird Has My Wings: The Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row by Jarvis Jay Masters Harper One, 2009, 304 pages, $14.99, paperback Reviewed by Hozan Alan Senauke Jarvis Masters lives on San Quentin’s East Block, home to nearly 500 of the nearly 700 men on California’s Death Row. It was in the solitary confinement of San Quentin’s Adjustment Center that he became a practicing Buddhist. And it was ...

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Making the “Enemy” Human:

I first discovered Kristine Huskey when I read her book, Justice at Guantánamo: One Woman’s Odyssey and Her Crusade for Human Rights. It spoke to me for a number of reasons. Rather than simply offering an analysis of the human rights issues pertaining to the treatment of detainees at Guantánamo, Huskey offers a woman’s perspective on what it’s like to be there. Her story also spoke to me because she is a wo ...

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Mustard Seeds in Afghanistan

  Last autumn, in the weeks leading up to President Obama’s decision to send more troops to Afghanistan, two courageous Afghani women were touring the United States trying to educate American citizens about what is happening in their country. In October, Zoya, a member of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), gave a speech in San Francisco. Two weeks later, in early November ...

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