Classes, Lectures & Conferences, Social Good, Virtual
The White Awake Sangha is a community of white CIMC practitioners doing the emotional work of examining racism and white supremacy, how we internalize them, and how we perpetuate them interpersonally, culturally, and institutionally, both as individuals and collectively. Our goal is to bring our spiritual practice to the work of interrogating and dismantling white supremacy in ourselves, our relationships, our communities, and especially at the meditation center we call our spiritual home.
Zoom Link (registration not required): Click here or dial +1 (646) 876 9923 and enter the Meeting ID: 969 8476 9058 (passcode: cimc)
The White Awake Sangha is appropriate for any white practitioner no matter what meditation style they practice or where they are on their antiracism journey. Our goal is to build community as well as resilience, capacity, and commitment for the work of fighting systemic oppression. All are invited to explore issues of whiteness and racism, and our role as white practitioners: to not just be good allies in antiracist work, but to be actively engaged and taking initiative in dismantling racism within ourselves, at CIMC, and anyplace we may encounter it.
This month, we'll be continuing our discussion on Relating to Asian-American Buddhist Communities.
Since August, the White Awake Sangha has been discussing the invisible (at least to most practitioners racialized as white) legacy of Asian Buddhism in our convert Buddhist centers. We read/watched videos of Chenxing Han critiquing how Asian Americans are “subtly and blatantly excluded from the categories of ‘American’ and ‘Western’ Buddhism, and how Asian Buddhism is labeled as ‘ethnic’ and ‘traditional.’”
We will work with this prompt: How does accepting CIMC as a white convert Buddhist community inform our approach to equity and inclusion?
Below are some of our ongoing prompts to consider as well:
We invite you to join our community as we learn, grow and move to action together. As usual, we'll meet for two hours, with breaks, breakout groups, and opportunities for open discussion. All are invited, regardless of their level of experience investigating race and whiteness, and no registration is required.