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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
Expected to be offered Spring 2015
Course location to be announced.
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