In 1963, James Baldwin wrote, “They are, in effect, trapped in a history which they do not understand; and until they understand it, they cannot be released from it.” This was his devastating yet compassionate diagnosis of white racial ignorance, and it remains true today, nearly 50 years later. For white practitioners who are committed to liberation and compassion, relating clearly with this deeply complex issue of race is an essential part of our practice.
In this contemplative workshop for white practitioners, we will be exploring the meaning of whiteness and race in our lives. We will draw on Buddhist teachings on emotions, perception, and mind as a foundation for exploring these topics and how to work with them. The course will include interactive and experiential components supported by weekly readings and reflections. In addition, participants are expected to devote 20-30 minutes each day to meditation, and one to two hours of assigned reading each week. Participants will need a basic understanding of key Buddhist teachings and some meditation background, including at least six months of regular or semi-regular practice.
Join us in this creation of a community committed to bringing the aspiration to practice for the benefit of all beings to the work of challenging and dismantling racism.
Online Course: This course will be hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform and closed captions are available. Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and with teachers in our online courses. When registering for an online course, please plan to attend as many sessions as possible. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this course (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:
Meeting Schedule: Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm EST between April 1 and May 13(with the exception of April 29)
Meeting Dates: April 1, 8, 15, 22, and May 6, 13
Please check the time of the group meetings in your timezone here, and please note that sessions will not be recorded.
Registration fees for online courses are nonrefundable after the course start date. Cancellations prior to the start date of the course will incur a $25 admin fee. Thank you for your understanding.