Refuge & Resistance
All beings deserve refuge — and yet the oppression, injustice, and earth-desecration we see in the world require resistance. Can we do both? What is the relationship between Refuge & Resistance?
Join us for the month of January as we start 2017 by grounding in this foundational question.
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Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge
In Buddhism, we take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.
- What does refuge feel like, for us?
- What do these Three Jewels of refuge look like in today’s political world, as people become more desperate for safety?
- What sanctuary do we offer — individually and institutionally?
May these resources support you and your loved ones in reflection and action.
+ Edwin Ng prefers refuge over mindfulness. Find out why.
+ Daisy Hernandez offers advice on finding refuge in a time of war.
+ Join Cosecha’s Faith-Based Sanctuary Movement.
+ “Flow like a river” with ARISE Sangha to the Women’s March on Washington.
TOOLS FOR TOGETHERNESS
+ Need tips on how to bring a group together? Here’s our quick start manual.
Refuge in the Truth of Change
In this second session, we explore taking refuge in the truth of impermanence (which falls within the second refuge of Dharma).
- 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?
- How can refuge support sustained wise effort?
There are no one-size-fits-all answers, so each resource is an invitation, not a directive. May something you find here support you and your loved ones in reflection and action.
+ Arun (brilliant creator of Angry Asian Buddhist) seeks to “Be the Refuge” after an unexpected cancer diagnosis. A beautiful, tender piece of writing.
+ Maha Ghosananda stepped into war with refuge and loving resistance more than thirty years ago:
“We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of the human experience, the temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to the Buddha, Christ, Gandhi, we can do nothing less. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields then become our temples.
We have so much work to do.”
Read more about this Cambodian monastic and peace activist here.
+ Wherever you live, you’re invited to pledge to become Ungovernable.
+ Lion’s Roar has a roundup of Buddhist options for action in the Inauguration, the Women’s March, and more.
TOOLS FOR TOGETHERNESS
+ Make Meetings a Refuge: tips from BPF Co-Director Dawn Haney.
+ Interested in building inclusive mindfulness communities? East Bay Meditation Center’s Mushim Ikeda digs in to the Real Refuge of multicultural sanghas.
REFUGE & RESISTANCE
Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
5:30–7pm PDT // 8:30–10pm EDT
Video Description and Transcript here.