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The Buddhist Peace Fellowship - Tampa Bay Pages

Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Tampa Bay, Florida, USA

Contact Information

BPF-Tampa Bay website

The Buddhist Peace Fellowship is an international organization that is dedicated to applying Buddhist teachings to public issues. BPF was founded in 1978, and now has chapters in 29 states and 11 countries.

The mission of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship is to serve as a catalyst and agent for socially engaged Buddhism. Our aim is to help alleviate suffering that manifests in individuals, relationships, institutions, and social systems. BPF's programs, publications, and practice groups link Buddhist teachings of wisdom and compassion with progressive social change. Buddhist Peace Fellowship Tampa Bay chapter began meeting in June 2003.

BPF-Tampa Bay is an ecumenical organization. Our members have diverse experiences with social activism and Buddhist practice. We welcome participation by Buddhists of all traditions, and seek to cooperate with other groups that share our goals. Interested non-Buddhists are always welcome.

We share the mission of the national Buddhist Peace Fellowship and are working on specific local projects. We currently have members who are active in local prison meditation projects, and peace and political grassroots movements.

We want to share our collective voice through the practice of spiritual non-violence in words, thoughts and actions. We hope to offer ways that all Buddhists can work together towards common goals, as well as resources for those interested in Buddhist practice, traditions and local groups.

Our Tampa Bay group has adopted a statement of purpose similar to that of the national BPF organization:

Our practice of contemplation and social action is guided by our intentions to:

* Recognize the interdependence of all beings
* Meet suffering directly and with compassion
* Appreciate the importance of not clinging to views and outcomes
* Work with Buddhists from all traditions
* Connect individual and social transformation
* Practice nonviolence
* Use participatory decision-making techniques
* Protect and extend human rights
* Support gender and racial equality, and challenge all forms of unjust discrimination
* Work for economic justice and the end of poverty
* Work for a sustainable environment and
* Work for peace

Situation in Burma

Burma update from BPF, and films and books 10-31-07

Steep decline in oil production brings risk of war

Situation 'murky' in Myanmar (from pbs)

Recent Petitions from Burma

Our Tampa Bay Chapter was profiled in the Fall issue of Turning Wheel magazine, published by the Buddhist Peace Fellowhip national organization.

Turning Wheel Magazine Article About BPF-Tampa Bay

Article About War and Nature and Children by Alice Walker

Links of Interest from national

BPF You Tube Video

BPF Radio

Transformative Justice

BPF Peace Pages

BPF Environmental projects

Think Sangha


National Peace Activism (Coalitions BPF is a member of)

United for Peace and Justice

Other Local Peace Groups

St. Pete for Peace

Other Buddhist Groups

Local Buddhist Groups

More Articles

Critical Faculties by Christopher Shea

Burma Coverage from Irrawaddy Media

Burmese Military Threaten Monks

Burrma Coverage from Democracy Now

China's role in Burma and what you can do--by Rick

Critical Faculties by Christopher Shea

Eyewitness Accounts Reported to the BBC

full horror of Burmese junta's repression

Global Protests Against China?s Foreign Policy

How China Got Religion

News from Democratic Voice of Burma

Satements by Countries

Scot Marciel's Senate Statement on Burma

Security Council 10-5-7

Situation in Burma on Thursday, September 27, 2007

Totla Denial: A Documentary

U.S. Policy Regarding Burma

Videos of Burma Protests

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Burma update from BPF, and films and books November 1, 2007 4:34 AM Tom L.
Situation 'murky' in Myanmar (from pbs) October 27, 2007 10:14 AM Tom L.
Recent Petitions from Burma October 26, 2007 11:54 PM Tom L.
Steep decline in oil production brings risk of war October 22, 2007 11:45 PM Tom L.
full horror of Burmese junta's repression October 15, 2007 12:35 AM Tom L.
Totla Denial: A Documentary October 13, 2007 7:46 AM Tom L.
How China Got Religion October 11, 2007 11:05 PM Tom L.
Satements by Countries October 7, 2007 11:47 PM Tom L.
Security Council 10-5-7 October 8, 2007 12:00 AM Tom L.
Scot Marciel's Senate Statement on Burma October 4, 2007 11:49 PM Tom L.
U.S. Policy Regarding Burma October 5, 2007 1:03 AM Tom L.
Comment's on Senate Hearing on Burma October 5, 2007 6:55 PM Tom L.

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