Thich Nhat Hanh teaches that our main task is to wake up from the delusion of feeling separate. In our country, racism has played a huge role in separating us from one another. Racism has brought untold damage to people of color, and has compromised the humanity of white people. Recovering from the effects of racism is key to our individual and collective freedom. Such work takes us to the heart of Dharma practice.
This will be a "Day of Mindfulness" for people who experience being white as part of our identity. We will use deep reflection and deep listening to explore the habit energies and conditioning we hold as white people. We will consider both what we see in ourselves and what we may not yet be able to see.
This day is intended to be a journey of discovery and freedom grounded in discernment, curiosity and compassion. Our practice will weave together meditation, movement and dharma sharing, with prompts from current films and authors. Together we will build a respectful space to explore this challenging subject with our bodies, hearts, and minds.
John Bell has been a student of Thich Nhat Hanh since 1982, ordained in his Order of Interbeing in 2001, and is a Dharma Teacher in the Plum Village tradition. He has been facilitating the Mountain Bell Sangha in the Boston area since 1997, offers retreats around the country, writes and publishes, and serves on the national board of the North American Plum Village Dharma Teachers Sangha.