Featured Articles and Journals: activism

February 24, 2017
The other night, I tried to turn off my computer but the white circle in the center of my screen kept spinning for several minutes. Was it stuck, “loading”? Or, like me, had it been reading The New York Times too much and not exercising? If you’ve...
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October 5, 2015
The person I call “Bernie” consists of many parts—limbs, organs, tissues, bones, and cells. If my right hand is gashed, my entire body will spring into action. My brain will think of ways to get care for my injured hand. My feet will take me to the...
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March 5, 2015
I pride myself on being well-informed. I pride myself on having good taste. I judge myself so harshly and berate myself so aggressively that I'm left to wonder how this rigorous humility might serve me. Perhaps it saves me the trouble of taking on...
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October 24, 2014
This is not content. This will not be syndicated or pushed through social networks. This was not rewritten with a keen eye for SEO. It will not go viral. Less than 1% of 1% of 1% of the people on earth will ever be aware that this existed.Early...
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August 25, 2014
Earlier this month, I wrote about why you might choose to take your meditation practice off the cushion and into the streets this coming September for the historic People's Climate March to address climate change. Now, with the march itself a month...
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August 5, 2014
As a Buddhist teacher and meditation instructor, I often sit with my fears about world leadership on the topic of climate change.
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April 30, 2014
Lately I've been thinking a lot about the relationship between Buddhism and Marxism, so here're some of the thoughts on the matter that have been bouncing around in my head lately, presented in a nicely organised format.
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April 13, 2014
The news arrived a week ago that author and Zen teacher, Peter Matthiessen had died. As he makes the journey onward, I offer profound gratitude to him for his writing, for his activism, and for his teaching. Beyond dharma, he taught a simple...
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January 31, 2014
A few years ago I was talking with someone who was about to embark on a street retreat. A street retreat is a safe and guided event in which a group of people pretend to be homeless for a few days — begging for money, finding a way to feed...
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June 7, 2013
Zen Priest and Grandmother Shodo Spring is taking three months this summer to lead a 'Compassionate Earth Walk' along the route of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline.
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May 31, 2013
Riot Grrrl was an early-Nineties feminist movement that used punk music, zines, and a do-it-yourself ethic to wake up young women (and men) to the realities of violence against women in our society. It revealed a lineage of feminist history that is...
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May 29, 2013
Does political division stem from frustration over what we see as a common good for us as well as others, or frustration over not getting what we want in spite of what’s really best for others? Or both? And how does the answer (if any) relate to our...
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April 19, 2013
In light of violent events that occur near us whether we are in the United States or we are in the “Eurozone”, whether we are in
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March 31, 2013
In this post, "Maladjusted Buddhism," on Patheos.com, blogger Nathan Thompson argues that Westerners who have converted to Buddhism are too tied to psychology and its focus on bringing everything toward a norm. Psychology, he says, works with...
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by Paul S
March 15, 2013
I recently read on an Italian blog  a quote playfully attributed to God: "'Everybody's depressed because "this pope is also against the gays." Remember, people, he's the head of the church, not the Indian from the Village People."' 1
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by Paul S
March 6, 2013
"I'M HEEEEEEEEEEEEEERE!" Startled by the booming voice and clenching our bathrobes, we looked up to see Dennis Rodman march in with his hands in the air.
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December 29, 2012
"..it’s a critical time in human history, and the collective decisions we have to make during the next few years will set the course of events for generations to come.."  - David Loy
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September 27, 2012
    Please join IDP Teachers Ven. Lawrence Dō'an Grecco and Kate Johnson at the first large U.S. silent Peace Walk.   
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August 16, 2012
"The Mindful Activist" is a monthly blog where I attempt to share what I experience as my Buddhist practice converges with my political and social interests. If any fellow "activists" (also called engaged citizens, bodhisattvas, or humans) want to...
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August 10, 2012
After about two years of meditation practice, two years of off and on, here and there, but sitting in my bedroom by myself, meditation practice, a heavy blanket of confusion has been dissipated in my life, and I am able to handle life with a bit...
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May 2, 2012
"Having discovered tools with an immediate impact, for what are we going to use them?" - Dick Higgins
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March 26, 2012
The first time I heard the term "engaged Buddhism" I was immediately turned on by the idea. My punk rock sensibilities imagined bringing Buddhism to the streets. The whole image seemed at odds with itself. This was not about sitting in a cave,...
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March 17, 2012
I have witnessed many things this week at the Fast for Tibet hunger strike, which is being held outside of the United Nations, that have left me speechless. (Which is now on its 25th day) 
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January 11, 2012
by Patrick Groneman (follow Patrick on Twitter) “'Greedy Bastard' is not an identity, it is a behavior that is exhibited by all human beings everyday of their lives.." -- Dylan Ratigan
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December 14, 2011
What if all your heart ever did was break? What if it broke open so wide the whole world fell in?
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