The Telegraph Interviews Sulak Sivaraksa

Here's a rare treat: The Telegraph has a new audio interview with the great Sulak Sivaraksa -- Thailand’s preeminent social activist and one of the titans of the modern engaged Buddhist movement.Sulak founded and currently directs Thailand’s Sathirakoses-Nagapradeepa Foundation.  He also serves on the advisory board of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists. In addition to all his work as an activist, organizer, and social critic in Thailand, he has also served as chair of the UN’s As … [Read more...]

The First Anniversary of #OWS

This week, Occupy Wall St. turned one-year-old.Much ink has already been spilled about this (anniversary? milestone? random designation?), but it seemed as though we ought to acknowledge it here. Occupy has gotten some attention at this blog, most notably our interview with the great Joshua Eaton about his participation in the movement and "Occupy Buddhism."One year ago, I was involved (though certainly not as much as some of my friends and students) in Occupy Los Angeles. I would later … [Read more...]

Roundup!

Two things occur to me:I haven't been posting as much as I would like. A number of things have happened recently that deserve mention here.On the first point, I resolve to do better. Regarding the second, I think this calls for a roundup! So here's a quick rundown of some things worth sharing at a blog devoted to Buddhism and social justice:To begin with, an update: I reached my fundraising goal for the US Campaign for Burma! I previously mentioned my fundraising campaign at this … [Read more...]

Something You Can Vote On…Right Now!

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi is the well-known and prodigious translator of Pali Buddhist texts into English, and founder of Buddhist Global Relief, the visionary, Buddhist-inspired humanitarian organization that contributes to relief and justice efforts worldwide.Well, BGR needs your help -- and right this very second! This from our friend Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi: We need your help! Tomorrow is the last day!!!Chase Community Giving has awarded over $20MM in grants to over 500 charities in 41 states, W … [Read more...]

This Week in “Things that are Totally Awesome…”

Get this: our friend and past interviewee Joshua Eaton will be teaching a class on "Buddhism and Social Justice" at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education this fall. The course description reads: Join us to look at Buddhist ideas about social justice, both ancient and contemporary. Readings will come from poetry, philosophy, narratives, sermons, and lectures from across Buddhist Asia. You'll gain a working knowledge of the history of ideas about political philosophy with the various Buddhist … [Read more...]

We Know What Happens Next

We know what happens next.Or, rather, we know what doesn’t happen next: we won’t talk about guns, and we won’t talk about mental health care.As I write this, a terrible shooting attack has just ended at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, near Milwaukee. A man, as yet unidentified, opened fire on the community, killing six and seriously wounding at least three others (including a policeman). In an exchange of gunfire with the police, the killer was "put down," ending the rampa … [Read more...]

A Story of Real-Life Superheroines…

One of many emerging stories of heroism from Colorado, this one via The White House: ‎During his visit to University of Colorado Hospital, the President had a chance to meet Allie Young and Stephanie Davies...During the film, Allie and Stephanie were seated near an aisle and when the gunman began his attack by tossing a canister of gas into the crowd, Allie, just 19 years old, stood up to warn those around her. She was hit in the neck by a bullet, which punctured a vein. Stephanie, the P … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW: Alisa Roadcup, Director for U.S. Advocacy and Development for Heshima Kenya

Alisa Roadcup (farthest left) with Dr. Hawa Abdi (second from left, in white), a 2012 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and others.

Over at my personal website, I've posted a few times about my friend and former Naropa University classmate Alisa Roadcup. Formerly Outreach Director and Development Associate for the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions and Director of Strategic Initiatives for The Voices and Faces Project, she is currently Vice President of the Board of Directors for Rape Victim Advocates and a leader in the Women's Human Rights Coordination Group for Amnesty International USA. She is also busy the … [Read more...]


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