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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 ...

Why Bodhisattvas Stare at Walls

The old winter light like the desert. The memory of war in green places. The dryness in our mouths, the paralysis in our limbs, the way it feels to let your skull be heavy against the floor, the rising and falling, the walk we should be taking to end the word should, the way it all wells up between our ears; the songs, the grief, the attempts to keep the sun on our skin for a thousand years, to balance at t ...

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As My Life Falls Apart, I See a Sign

Driving through Los Banos on the busy highway, I see a man in sunglasses smoking calmly in the middle of the road waiting for a gap in traffic so he can finish crossing. His face is stubbled, sleeves rolled high on his biceps against the heat. He is in no hurry, taking one drag then another from his cigarette, letting the smoke drift haloed about his head—a rogue angel, the entire scene swirling round the f ...

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Senbazuru

  JOIN US! 1,000 PAPER CRANES INSTALLATION Saturday December 3rd, 1pm Frank Ogawa / Oscar Grant Plaza 14th & Broadway in Oakland 1,000 Paper Cranes for Occupy Oakland Despite the violent destruction of the Occupy Oakland encampment, people continue to sit and continue to find ways to contribute to peacemaking at Occupy Oakland. One of our Occupy Oakland sangha members started this project prior to ...

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Being “Present” at Occupy

Being Present at Occupy: Sunday October 16 Events On Sunday October 16 at 3pm EST / 12 noon PST, several mindfulness-based communities came together to host open, public meditations in their cities. Read about cities that participated in this global event! Stay connected with future plans for meditation at Occupy. Stories & Photos from Being Present events: Photo from Occupy Wall Street meditation - wit ...

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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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