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Welcome to BPF!

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Thank you for visiting BPF online! We’re excited to welcome you into a community of people passionate about the living, breathing intersections between Buddhadharma and social justice. Online and in person, we support one another in cultivating compassionate action towards attaining peace and justice in our world.

Take a look at some of our articles and videos, feel free to share your wisdom in the comments section, and check out our online classes page to dive in deeper.

Deep bows for all you are doing and being.

Most Popular Articles

VIDEO, AUDIO, TRANSCRIPT: BPF Reportback from Standing Rock

by Dawn Haney

Just released! Hear from a diverse crew of BPFers who went to Standing Rock this fall in solidarity with indigenous leaders against the Dakota Access Pipeline — including YiLing Cheng and Aaron Goggans from our 2016 Block+Build+Be retreat, and socially engaged dharma teachers Venerable Dr. Pannavati and Thanissara.

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Embody Fierce Compassion: Buddhist Messages at the People’s Climate March

by Kritee

For many years, the two preoccupations of my life, ‘meditation practice’ and ‘environmental science,’ were two streams that ran parallel to each other.

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Growing the Ranks of White Buddhists Against White Supremacy

by Dawn Haney

The white Buddhists that I talk to are hungry for spaces to talk about racism. People need space to make sense of this political moment — Trump’s hate mongering, the daily stories of cops killing folks of color, and the inspiring brilliance of liberatory movements like #BlackLivesMatter. White Buddhists are reading about this in the news or seeing the stories pile up in their Facebook feed, with aching hearts quivering with compassion but troubled minds quaking with confusion. How could all this be happening — hadn’t they been told that racism was a thing of the past?

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The Heart of Mindfulness: A Response to the New York Times

by Funie Hsu

Mindfulness is attracting a large U.S. following. A recent New York Times article, ‘Mindfulness: Getting its Share of Attention,’ details how techies, business owners, educators, and even U.S. Marines have turned to mindfulness as a way to quiet the mind. However, the particular brand of mindfulness that is gaining widespread acceptance serves to bolster long-standing systems of power.

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White Buddhist Race Talk

by Nathan G. Thompson

In general, the pattern is that whenever a post specifically zeroes in on whiteness, white supremacy, or racism in predominantly white sanghas, at least a few white readers will respond defensively. Or will in some way make a suggestion that focusing on race is dualistic, or divisive, or in some way or another ‘not Buddhist.’

As a Buddhist practitioner who is racialized as a ‘white man,’ I feel compelled to speak directly about some of this because I feel that our very collective liberation depends upon it. Read more >

Buddhists and the Bloc

by Katie Loncke

In the wake of August’s abortive alt-right Bay Area gatherings (and the counter-demonstrations that dwarfed them), there has been a pronounced division of views among Buddhists and BPFers in attendance (and from afar). Specifically, people have some really strong opinions on the black bloc tactic, and the antifa movement more broadly.

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The Influence of Orientalism on US Buddhism

by Kenji Liu

As an Asian American cultural critic and Buddhist practitioner, I have a finely tuned radar for phrases like ‘East-West,’ ‘East meets West,’ and other pithy phrases that set up a dichotomy between these two directions as if they were completely different, even complete opposites. To me, this is lazy thinking, though very much consistent with centuries of orientalist discourse. Read more >

5 Big Problems With Compassion Baiting

by Katie Loncke

Unfortunately, we spiritual-progressive types, including but not limited to dharma heads, seem to be particularly prone to something I call compassion-baiting.

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ACTION EXAMPLE: Compassionate Confrontation

Why Google Protesters Were Right to Disrupt Wisdom 2.0

by Katie Loncke

As three Google presenters took the stage to discuss mindfulness and tech at the annual Wisdom 2.0 conference, they found themselves interrupted by a handful of protesters unfurling a large banner.

After the protesters were yanked off stage by security, the Google presenters tried to recenter. ‘Check in with your body and see what’s happening. What it’s like to be around conflict with people with heartfelt ideas, that may be different than what we’re thinking.’

Sound advice, yes — very wise. And yet, something is missing.  Read more >

ACTION EXAMPLE: Compassionate Confrontation

A Song to Stop Urban Shield

by Nathan G. Thompson

On September 22, members of Buddhist Peace Fellowship joined the Stop Urban Shield coalition to protest Urban Shield in Oakland. In response to community pressure over the winter, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors created a Task Force to review Urban Shield and offer recommendations. The September meeting was their final one, and included in the discussion was a vote on whether the community could accurately speak to the community impact of Urban Shield in its report to the County Board.

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