Being a White Ally in Dangerous Times: What Can Buddha Dharma Teach Us?

What is white privilege? What is institutional racism? Where did the idea of race come from? What can we do to alleviate the suffering caused by generations of racial oppression? What, in the Buddha's teachings, are useful tools to help heal our fractured communities?

The Dharma & Race sessions are an invitation to study the history of racial oppression and follow the thread into the 21st century. Through a brief overview of the creation of 'whiteness' to an examination of the slave trade which brought Africans to the Americas, we will explore the ways we may still be imprisoning others and imprisoned ourselves.

Throughout we will use the teachings of the Buddha to help us look at what is painful as well as our willingness to use his wisdom to heal and move forward in a powerful way for the benefit of all beings.

"The inability to see the true beauty of nature in ourselves, as ourselves, causes injury, assault, and war for all sentient creatures." -Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality & Gender 

Click here to go to Ruth King's website and read an excerpt of her book, Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out.