Uprooting the Conditions for Suffering: Building Anti-Racist Communities
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About The Event
This 6-month course is for the white community to explore how conditioning shapes us individually, collectively, and systemically, which contributes to and perpetuates racism and white supremacy culture. This course will be rooted in the Dhamma and we will gain insight into how conditioning and fabrications of self and other cause individual and collective suffering. As white practitioners, we will explore the legacies of the impact of implicit and explicit racism towards those who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Using the Buddhist teachings, together we will work to uproot the delusions of separation, and to nurture practices that foster liberation for all beings.
Over the course of 6 months, we will develop supportive learning communities where we will engage in deep conversations, reflective inquiry, and meditations, to explore our racial conditioning as white people. We will increase our awareness of how our conditioning contributes to systems and habits that perpetuate injustice. Together, we will turn toward the complex and challenging experiences of racial injustice as we utilize our practice to uproot suffering, both internally and externally. Through this practice, we will learn to increase our stamina for sustained wise action.
Teaching team for this course will be JD Doyle, G Shulz, Linda Kittle, and Jace Freyman.
Six large group classes, one per month on a Saturday for 3 hours from 2:00 – 5:00.
Class Dates are on the following Saturdays: January 16, February 6, March 6, April 10, May 15, and June 12, 2021 All meetings will be offered via Zoom.
Five Support/Study Group meetings will occur, one between each large group class. Support/Study groups last about 1 ½ to 2 hours and consist of 3-4 people. The purpose of these smaller groups is to provide opportunities for further discussion of the themes covered, in order to deepen learning and integrate understanding into one’s daily life. The dates and times of the Support/Study group meetings will be determined based on the day and time preference of participants and announced prior to the first class.
Requirements: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
In order to create a racial affinity group of engaged practitioners, we ask that participants identify as white, are connected to ISC or another meditation center, attend all 6 sessions of the course, complete about one hour of homework between sessions, and participate in their monthly support/study group, and maintain a daily meditation practice of at least 20 minutes.