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Social Justice and the 4 Noble Truths: 2014 Roundup

The System Stinks 2014: Social Justice and the Four Noble Truths Contributors (clockwise from top left): Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Mushim Ikeda, Hozan Alan Senauke, Funie Hsu, Faith Adiele, and Maia Duerr. [divide] Introduction by BPF Co-Director Katie Loncke Real talk, bodhisattvas: sometimes it is hard not to give in to despair. Suffering and oppression in the world is so heavy, so unfathomable. (I hard ...

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Which Side Are You On?

As terrible as the Michael Brown and Eric Garner grand jury decisions have been, they are serving the purpose of waking up a lot of people who have been oblivious to or in denial of racial injustice. Maia Duerr weighs in on how you can stand on the side of love instead of staying silent or turning away. ...

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BPF Goes Off The Cushion with Rev. Danny Fisher

Don't miss Episode #3 of Danny Fisher's new Buddhist podcast series, "Off the Cushion!" Danny asks BPF's Co-Directors Dawn Haney and Katie Loncke about issues of structural racism in Buddhist communities, and the militarization of police forces in the United States ...

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Our Social Movements Need More Movement!

A little over a week ago, I co-taught a workshop with Mushim Patricia Ikeda at the Buddhist Peace Fellowship's National Gathering entitled "Movement for Right Action: Yoga for Socially Engaged Buddhists." Since then, I have been practicing what I preached there. Yesterday, for example, I opted to squat during part of a meeting at my zen center. When one of my fellow board members asked me if I needed a chai ...

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#3: In this Moment: When Suffering Ceases for Queer Africa

In my first video-essay, “The Dukkha of Loving Others: Homophobia in Africa,” I discussed how the recent rise in state-sponsored homophobia harms all Africans: those who identify as queer, those who are perceived as queer, those of us who are allies, and the masses being force-fed false narratives about identity and tradition. In my second essay, “How We Caused (and Perpetuate) the African Homophobia We Now ...

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