We practice to liberate the heart and to learn that there is no “other”. And, if we are to be true practitioners, we aspire to recognize the inevitable arenas of bias that block deeper understanding. Facing with sincerity what we have not yet faced, we choose to look deeply into the conditioning we carry simply because we have grown up in, and still live in, a profoundly unequal and unjust society.
Designed for white practitioners, this practice group is an invitation to explore our collective sub-consciousness regarding race and racism. If we are to know inner freedom, we must be willing to feel discomfort and to practice turning towards the difficult. The teachings of the Buddha are the lens with which we can face this racial conditioning with courage and compassion.
To bring the suffering of racism into the practice is an ongoing process of learning, facing, and letting go. This is sacred and painful work which we will be doing together. We will create a safe, spacious, relaxed, brave, and friendly space in which you are invited to bring your doubt, resistance, and fears. One of our practices will be to sit in silence, contemplating a variety of meditative questions, the content being racial conditioning.
We will be doing this work in a space in which we won’t be causing harm to those oppressed by racism and in which we can share honestly and learn together how to truly love. Therefore, this practice group is intended for those who identify as white.
Recommended reading: The New York Times 1619 Project. Download a pdf here.