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 12 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Divinity Hall Room 320
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