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August 26, In: HealingRace comment: In general, the pattern is that whenever a post specifically zeroes in on whiteness, white supremacy, or racism in predominantly white sanghas, at least a few white readers will respond defensively. Overall, white folks in countries like the U.
Something long invisible to the person suddenly is made visible. Maybe even vigorously attacked. I see both the unsettling feeling, and also the attachment to a racialized Buddhist identity, present in the upset of white practitioners during discussions of race.
There also seems to be a tapping into the suppressed pattern of colonization that has been passed down from generation to generation. Some aim to defend themselves and the status quo. While some simply aim to avoid it all together. Regardless of the form, what I notice is the desire to have it all settled.
Which mimics colonization itself. Both in the violence of it, and also the way in which it seeks to control collective stories.
To suggest that there must be a single, final way to view reality and how we are together. The whole thing is worth reading, more than once, as are the follow up posts she wrote over the next month and a half.
For most white practitioners, it probably will take several reads and plenty of contemplation to truly get a sense of all the layers being expressed. Over and over again, I run into well meaning, intelligent white folks — people who look exactly like me — that turn away, act defensive, or posture that we live in a post racial world the moment race is brought into a discussion.
Yes, overall I really enjoyed the event last night. Green Gulch Zen Center is beautiful and I have developed amazing relationships there, so I thank the co-founders for making these sites possible.
We shall be open and loving to transforming ourselves and not become angry as we learn about how white racial formation has deeply affected our Zen hearts. Mindfulness whiteness sesshins … I fully endorse that idea. The commonplace blending of psychotherapy with Buddhist teachings.
One example that comes to mind is the resistance many white dominated, lay sanghas have towards programs that support the community at large, or even spending a lot of energy on the needs of families and children.
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