Forget outer heroes; bring out your innner ones Main

Originally posted by No Impact Man.


No Impact Man Runs For Office……..


Please check out my article on the Atlantic Monthly’s website about my activist run for Congress and how citizen politics can help do something about climate and other problems:

My unlikely course in activist politicking started with a May call from a member of the executive committee of the Green Party of New York State.

The call came, I understood, because of the notoriety of my very-publicly performed 2007 experiment in extreme environmental living in the middle of Manhattan. The project had been intended to question and look for alternatives to the typical American’s consumption-based way of life. It was also a vehicle to help bring broader public attention to the range of our environmental crises — from ocean depletion to species extinction to climate.

To that end, I wrote a book and starred in a documentary filmabout the experience, both titled No Impact Man. The book, translated into a dozen languages, has been required reading for more then 100,000 American college students. The film has received over a quarter of a million ratings on Netflix, in addition to screenings in theaters and on television around the world. My non-profit,, whose main program is an immersive, educational week of environmental living, had attracted over 50,000 participants.

While all that notoriety may have attracted the Green Party to me, it did not attract me to the idea of running for office.

I said no.

As far as I could see, the entire political process was corrupt. I’d become fond of calling the presidential election “a big sports-like event paid for by the multinational corporations in order to distract us from the possibility of real change.” At that time, I had the same mistaken instinct as so many despairing Americans — to abandon the political system and look for hope elsewhere…

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Obama plans historic trip to Burma

Originally posted by The Buddhdharma.

No sitting US president has ever visited Burma or Cambodia………

On his first international trip since being elected to a second term, US President Barack Obama will visit Burma later this month. The White House announced Thursday that Obama would attend an international economic summit in Cambodia, then stop in Thailand and in Burma, where he’ll meet with Aung San Suu Kyi (whom he met when Suu Kyi visited the US earlier this fall) and  President Thein Sein.

No sitting US president has ever visited Burma or Cambodia. Some human rights groups, including the US Campaign for Burma, expressed concerns that Obama’s visit to Burma might be premature as the country transitions to democracy, and urged Obama to cancel the visit. Ethnic violence is prevalent in Burma, and many political prisoners are still being held. Read more at the New York Times.

(Official White House photo by Chuck Kennedy)



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Check Out My Buddhadharma Report from Amnesty International’s Town Hall in Washington, DC, with Aung San Suu Kyi

Originally posted by Rev. Danny Fisher

“The Lady” shines her light in DC… Photo by the author.



I still can’t quite believe what happened last week: I was in our nation’s capital with Amnesty International, my palJoshua Eaton, and others for a very special event with none other than Daw Aung San Suu Kyi herself!

As a practitioner who has long been an admirer of “the Lady,” as well as a scholar with an abiding research interest in her, I can’t even begin to tell you how thrilled I was to see her in person — and from the press box with Joshua no less!

On that note, I hope you will head on over toBuddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly Online, where my report on the event has just been posted (along with full video of the town hall).

I’ve blogged a lot about “Daw Suu,” as a search of her name at this website will reveal. Most recently before this report, though, I reviewed Luc Besson’s recent biopic The Lady for Shambhala Sun Space. (The film comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray in the U.S. this coming Tuesday, October 2nd, by the way.)

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Report: Christians in Burma forced to convert to Buddhism

Originally posted by Buddhadharma

The report reveals ongoing violations of religious freedom in Burma’s Chin State under……..



The Chin state. Photo courtesy CHRO.

According to the Chin Human Rights Organisation (CHRO), Christians from the Chin ethnic minority group are being forced to convert to Buddhism in Burma. Stating that the coerced conversions are the result of state policies, the CHRO has released a 160-page report titled ” ‘Threats to Our Existence’: Persecution of Ethnic Chin Christians in Burma.” The report is based on more than 100 interviews conducted over the last two years.

In the CHRO press release, the group states:

“The report reveals ongoing violations of religious freedom in Burma’s Chin State under the new government led by President Thein Sein, including violations of the right to freedom of religious assembly; coercion to convert to Buddhism, the religion of the majority ethnic Burman population; and the destruction of Christian crosses in Chin State.”

For more on this story, you can also read a report by Stoyan Zaimov, a reporter for the

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Please Take a Look at the Entire “Human Rights and Film” Mini-Course at My Patheos Blog

Originally posted by The Danny Fisher Blog.


“Human Rights and Film” ????

Tom Hardy stars as international terrorist Bane in Christopher Nolan’s epic “The Dark Knight Rises.” Image via Warner Bros. Pictures.

As I previously mentioned, I’ve been hosting another social media mini-course on“Human Rights and Film” at my Facebook fan page. The course is over, but I’ve put all the material from it into a post for my Patheos blog Off the Cushion. Please take a look and let us know what you think!

Regular readers might remember that I’ve fiddled with social media mini-courses before: inspired by our friend and past interviewee Stephen Prothero, I did courses on “Religion and Film” and “Buddhism and Film” at Twitter. (Just click on the titles to view those courses in their entirety.)

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