For May Day: A Pacifist Anarchist Catholic Saint

Happy May Day, fellow workers. Since I already have had a very long day myself, mostly spent on buses to/from/in London, I'll simply re-post, with minor modifications, a favorite blog from last year, one which I later found out was even re-posted at Disinfo.org. And just so you don't think I've forgotten Buddhism completely in this post, please may I introduce (if you don't know him already) Tenzin Tsundue (here is a 2013 HuffPo interview with Tsundue), and of course we cannot ever overlook … [Read more...]

LSE Conference on the Decades of State-sponsored Destruction of Myanmar’s Rohingya – live tweets and video (UPDATED)

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Perhaps the greatest human rights tragedy of our time is unfolding now in Burma (Myanmar). A number of conferences have been convened over the last couple years to discuss various aspects of the violence there and today we are lucky enough to have global access to one of these conferences, held at the London School of Economics. While academic writers such as myself, Danny Fisher, Paul Fuller and others have consistently written about events in Burma and discussions around them, wide-spread … [Read more...]

Ethnocentric Buddhism continued…

Rohingya and supporters protest in front of the White House in May, 2013. photo via

Coming just off the heals of the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the Rwandan genocide, we are called ever more clearly to understand conflicts in the world that might lead to such horrors. What is happening in Burma today eerily reflects the ethnic divides and hateful rhetoric that precipitated the murder of over 800,000 Rwandans (primarily ethnic Tutsis) in 1994. In addition to attacks in recent years, this January, mobs of (ethnic Rakhine) Buddhists massacred Rohingya Muslims in the … [Read more...]

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche speaks on Universal Responsibility at Harvard Divinity School

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Earlier this month, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche gave a one-day seminar on the topic of Universal Responsibility to students at Harvard Divinity School. From the video page: In this one night seminar given to students at Harvard University's School of Divinity, Kongtrul Rinpoche explains that not all learning is academic. In fact, the best kind of education shapes our hearts just as much as our minds. Self-reflecting upon experience and coming to see that all beings share the same internal life -- … [Read more...]

Still Breathing Meditation Center seeks support

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Based in East Oakland, CA, this center could use your support. They are hoping to raise $20,000 by April 30th and are already 1/4 of the way there. Check out the video above or click here to find out more about the community, the teacher Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, and the space itself. … [Read more...]

The Future of Tibet, a re-post in honor of Tibetan Uprising Day

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The Tibetan Center in Kingston, New York, held a discussion last year of the six decades of human rights abuses in Tibet under Chinese occupation, the recent rise in protests (especially self-immolations), and the possibilities concerning the future of Tibet. The Future of Tibet Saturday, February 23, 2-4 pm Bertelsmann Campus Center, Bard College In 2012, there was an intensification of protests and a sharp increase in the number of self-immolations by Tibetans, a response to the … [Read more...]

Thailand’s protests: An Op-Ed by Dr. Dion Peoples

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I've been 'aware' of Thailand since I was an intelligence-analyst in the US Air Force, stationed in Germany, around early 2001. I watched on CNN as Thaksin Shinawatra was expected to win the elections, and immediately I felt I did not like this guy. I would soon leave the USAF after a decade of service, to become a fully-ordained world-renouncing Theravada Buddhist-monk. I've taken keen interest in Thailand's political turmoil. I witnessed the horror of the daily killings on the mid-2000's, when … [Read more...]

Three job opportunities for the Mindful Activist

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Three great opportunities are out there right now for the right person who happens to be in the right place at the right time: First is the U.S. Campaign for Burma, which is seeking a Communications and Development Coordinator. These folks are based in DC, so this is for those in that area or who are prepared to make a move. They also have an internship program, if you are or know a college student interested in first-hand experience with the countless issues facing Burma today. Applications … [Read more...]


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