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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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Introduction: Start the New Year with Refuge & Resistance

Session 1:   Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge

Session 2:   Refuge in the Truth of Change

Session 3:   Live videoconference, Jan. 24th


Session 1:

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.

Taking Refuge in the Unknown with Dawn Haney from Turning Wheel Media on Vimeo.
Video Description and Transcript


+   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.


+   Need tips on how to bring a group together? Here’s our quick start manual.

+   If, like us, you’re a fan of race-based caucusing, check out these great guidelines by Insight Meditation Teacher and Emotional Wisdom author Ruth King.

Session 2:

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.

Refuge in the Truth of Change with Kate Johnson from Turning Wheel Media on Vimeo.

Video Description and Transcript


+   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.

+   Ring the Bells daily at sunrise and sunset starting January 21, in community solidarity and defiance — connect on Facebook if you can help organize!

+   Lion’s Roar has a roundup of Buddhist options for action in the Inauguration, the Women’s March, and more.


+   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.

Session 3:

Live Videoconference


Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
5:30–7pm PDT // 8:30–10pm EDT

January 2017 BPF Refuge and Resistance Zoom from Turning Wheel Media on Vimeo.

Video Description and Transcript here.




© 2017 Buddhist Peace Fellowship

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