“A tangle inside, a tangle outside,
This generation is entangled in a tangle.
I ask you this, O Gotama,
Who can disentangle this tangle?”[The Blessed One:] “A [practitioner] established on virtue, wise,
Developing the mind and wisdom,
A [practitioner] ardent and discreet:
They can disentangle this tangle.
– SN 7.6
This is a reading and discussion group for people who identify as white to develop our capacities to clearly understand and compassionately respond to the many – often conflicting and challenging – views on race and anti-racism that are now such a prominent part of North American public culture. To accomplish this, we will be reading (and possibly viewing/listening to) different authors and thinkers’ commentaries on race and/or anti-racism. Not all of these will agree with one another, and we won’t always agree with them, but we will practice approaching these views both sympathetically and critically. We will be using our Dharma practice to notice the qualities of heart and mind that support or hinder our ability to untangle the tangle of these different views. In that sense, this course aims to make a practice of both discernment and curiosity, which are essential for our spiritual practice generally and for the task of navigating and intelligently relating with the multiplicity of views on race – even those with which we may not agree. We will not be exploring overtly or explicitly racist views but rather well-intentioned perspectives that are attempting to sincerely grapple with systemic racism.
Listen to this invitation from Brian and Jessica here.