THERE IS NO NEUTRAL
RJ&D AT A GLANCE
By bringing Dharma practices and teachings to anti-racism work, our internalized racial beliefs and traumas are illuminated. Where racism is concerned, the Dharma can help us to see our blind spots, heal and grow, both as individuals and as a community.
Conversely, bringing anti-racism work to the Dharma and Dharma-communities helps the teachings and communities honor everyone and truly work for the liberation of all people.
A Western Dharma that does not confront racism cannot be one that truly liberates.
Much of what is being taught is the acceptance of a “kinder, gentler suffering” that does not question the unwholesome roots of systemic suffering and the structures that hold it in place. What is required is a new Dharma, a radical Dharma that deconstructs rather than amplifies the systems of suffering, that starves rather than fertilizes the soil of the conditions that the deep roots of societal suffering grow in.
Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation
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