The Four Noble Truths of Whiteness (Part I of II)
with Liz Reynolds
How can a contemplative practice and the teachings of the Buddha help inform a more skillful engagement with efforts towards justice? For white folks, the Buddha’s teachings on recognizing and seeking the origins of suffering are especially valuable as we continue to turn the tide of 400+ years of white supremacist culture in ourselves and in our country. Drawing on the work of Ruth King, Resmaa Menakem, James Baldwin, and Reverend angel Kyodo williams, this talk will explore the connections between the dharma and justice with an emphasis on the lived experience of white supremacy within those of us who are white-bodied.
**Note to BIPOC: Thank you for considering attending this meditation and talk - this sangha is honored to have your presence. Because our sangha is almost completely white-bodied and very much in the process of racial awakening, this talk focuses on engagement with racial justice from and for the potential perspective of white-bodied folks.
Resources referenced in this talk:
My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem
The Fire Next Time + The White Man’s Guilt by James Baldwin
Radical Dharma - Rev angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, Jasmine Syedullah
Mindful of Race by Ruth King