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Now It’s All of Us

What has just begun at the Inauguration of Donald Trump is the class war to end all class wars. Lately I’ve been thinking that this election is indeed a class war, … Continue reading

2017/01/20 · 2 Comments

Jnanamitra: Gender as Embodied Experience

I finally got to watch this talk by Jnanamitra, given at the first Triratna Gender Diverse Buddhists retreat at Adhisthana in the UK. What a fantastic story! One of the … Continue reading

2016/12/07 · Leave a comment

BLM and Native American Latino Muslim LGBT and Gender Liberation

Trump’s election means more police brutality towards black people Patrisse Cullors originally published https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/11/trump-election-black-lives-matter-police-brutality  ‘Under Donald Trump, black lives will become even more vulnerable to state violence.’ Black Lives Matter … Continue reading

2016/11/11 · Leave a comment

An open letter to Our Nation from 100 women of color leaders

Sign to show your support for this movement: https://www.our100.org This morning, we come together to declare our resolve. Many of us are holding our babies, families, and loved ones close. We … Continue reading

2016/11/09 · Leave a comment

Call Me By My True Names

Gay Marriage Rally 2008; poem presented by Zen priest Jana Drakka. Notice that “names” is plural. And I love the way Jana Drakka translates ancient Buddhist teaching into contemporary language.

2016/09/25 · Leave a comment

Rising Up to End Sexual Abuse in Buddhist Communities Part 1

A Five-Part Series on Sexual Exploitation in Buddhist Communities. Part 1: BPF Rising Up to End Sexual Abuse in Buddhist Communities Link to original article in BPF Turning Wheel Media: http://www.buddhistpeacefellowship.org/rising-up-to-end-sexual-abuse-in-buddhist-communities/ Video Transcript … Continue reading

2015/04/19 · 2 Comments

Teachers, Not Gurus

I learn from teachers. I refuse to follow gurus. Modern history is replete with accounts of gurus and spiritual communities that are rife with sexual abuse; drug and alcohol abuse; … Continue reading

2015/01/03 · 2 Comments

Dalit Buddhist Revolution: Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, We Salute You

I spent the weekend learning about B.R. Ambedkar. What a brilliant man and powerful advocate for social justice for the Untouchables of India, for women, for labour, and the “depressed … Continue reading

2014/12/28 · 4 Comments

Noah Levine’s Engaged Buddhism

Noah Levine’s Engaged Buddhism: On Meeting War with Transformation; the war within and collective wars.

2014/12/25 · Leave a comment

Forty Percent of US Homeless Youth Are Gay

This is brutal and tragic and has to stop: Research done by San Francisco State University’s Family Acceptance Project, which studies and works to prevent health and mental­health risks facing … Continue reading

2014/12/15 · Leave a comment

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