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.
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:
Our Tampa Bay Chapter was profiled in the Fall 2006 issue of Turning Wheel magazine, published by the Buddhist Peace Fellowhip national organization.
Click here for a draft of the article.
For more information:
bpf-Tampa Bay contact person,