The Arrow Journal

A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture & Politics

aka The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture & Politics   |   Charlottesville, VA   |  arrow-journal.org

Mission

The Arrow Journal explores the relationship among contemplative practice, politics, and activism. Inspired in its founding by the teaching and social vision of meditation master Chögyam Trungpa, The Arrow welcomes the insights of multiple contemplative lineages for achieving a kinder, healthier, and more compassionate world. We encourage dialogue on wisdom and knowledge arising from methods of contemplative inquiry, ways of embodied knowing, and intellectual disciplines. In doing so, The Arrow provides a critical and much needed space for investigating the meeting point of contemplative wisdom and pressing social, political, and environmental challenges.

Ruling year info

2014

Chief Editor

Gabriel Dayley

Main address

1101 Little High St #1

Charlottesville, VA 22902 USA

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EIN

46-4728561

NTEE code info

Printing, Publishing (A33)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (A05)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The Arrow Journal addresses two simultaneous needs: On the one hand, there is a need for discussions of the challenges of our time to be informed by deeper contemplation and wisdom about our relationships to one another and to the earth. On the other hand, there is a need for the growing number of people interested in mindfulness and contemplative practices to be well educated in the systems and structures of society in order to confront oppression, violence, and suffering in a meaningful way. The Arrow addresses these needs by providing space for critical engagement among contemplative practitioners, academic scholars in the social sciences, and activists working in these systems.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Promoting Discussion of Contemplative Practice and Social Transformation

The Arrow publishes high quality essays that investigate how contemplative wisdom and mindfulness practices can be employed to meaningfully address pressing current issues of climate injustice, racism, gender inequality, and violence.

Population(s) Served
Buddhists
Adults
Academics
Activists

The Arrow makes important space for publishing rigorous, peer-reviewed scholarship on the applications of contemplative practice to politics, economics, and ecology.

Population(s) Served
Buddhists
Adults
Activists
Academics

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Arrow seeks to help practitioners, activists, and scholars apply insights from wisdom traditions and meditative practices to addressing pressing political, economic, and environmental issues. At present, there are few intellectual spaces in which to examine the relevance of contemplative practice to social engagement. Crucially, no major publications exist that explore these topics with the depth required to support the activities of social movements, policy-makers, and nonprofits. The Arrow fills a critical niche left unexplored by other publications in the milieu of social, political, and spiritual commentary—namely, the direct relationship between contemplative practice and transforming violent social systems. Thus, a long-term goal of The Arrow is to change the terms of the mainstream discussion about spirituality from individual wellbeing to social wellbeing and critical awareness of power and politics. We envision The Arrow as becoming a leading publication in this emerging field.

At The Arrow, we believe that if we are to create enlightened society, contemplative insight into human nature and analytical inquiry into the organization of society must be combined. The journal provides a critical intellectual space for doing so by curating and publishing high-quality essays and academic articles that draw on the wisdom of contemplative traditions and the analytical tools of academic disciplines in order to generate insight into the roots of systemic suffering.

Through studying the relationship of mind and society, The Arrow investigates different perspectives on confronting oppression in our world and pursuing social, political, and ecological well-being. Our fundamental theory of change is that providing this publication will create a fount of resources that contemplative practitioners, scholars, and activists can use to transform violent and unjust social structures into institutions of sanity that nurture collective well-being.

Through a growing network of scholars and intellectual writers, the Arrow curates essays, forums, and special issues on the topics named above. Our dynamic teams of Academic Advisors and Associate Editors support our Chief Editor in generating ideas for thematic issues, magnetizing writers to contribute, and editing submissions.

Since our founding in 2014, our all-volunteer editorial team has published nearly three dozen standalone essays, three special issues, and one academic peer-reviewed issue. In 2017, we engaged in a first year-end fundraising campaign, which garnered enough funds to contract with some of our recurring authors to provide material on a regular basis. Thanks to articles published in 2018 that resonated with many readers, particularly an essay by one such recurring author, our monthly website traffic grew by an order of magnitude and our reader list grew substantially.

Financials

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The Arrow Journal

Board of directors
as of 01/06/2022
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Board chair

Gabriel Dayley

Michael Gayner

Laurie Amodeo

Aarti Tejuja

Greg Lubkin

Sharon Owyang

Rosalyn Avent

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

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