HDS 3003

Buddhism, Community, and Diversity: The Color of Practice

Cheryl A. Giles


Buddhist teachings have arrived in a land that is racially heterogeneous and was founded by a white majority, "on the unwholesome seeds of colonialism, genocide and slavery." As the sangha(community)embraces the dharma(teaching)that professes equal access to enlightenment, we wrestle with the oppression that persists. Prejudice, discrimination, and racism held by the wider society influences our Buddhist communities, even while our members have the best intentions. This course explores the impact of silence and passivity in white Buddhist communities on people of color who have joined sanghas throughout the US in search of enlightenment.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Expected to be offered Spring 2015
Fri 10am-12:30pm
Course location to be announced.

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Buddhist Studies
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
  • Religion and the Social Sciences
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Buddhist Studies
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
Language Course Designation(s) None