10/11 & 10/20: White Affinities & POC Buddhists Call, Respectively

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In light of the tragedy at Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, we remember too the 19th and 20th century “mass shootings” that are even more deadly and evidently racially motivated. We continue our anti-racism work that is inextricably intertwined with all that is.

The NABA White Affinities call meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month. The next one is Wednesday, November 8th, 4-6 PM PDT / 7-9 PM EDTKara Dansky and Ruby Grad are co-facilitating the October to January calls, structuring the call around the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, and choices we can make when confronted with white supremacy or white supremacist(s).
RSVP Here for November

Kara Dansky is the founder and managing director of One Thousand Arms and a long-time practitioner within the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.

Ruby Grad is a practicing meditator and Buddhist in the Ajahn Chah lineage of the Thai Forest Theravada lineage for close to 30 years.

The POC Buddhists for Racial Justice call meets every 3rd Friday of the month. The next one is Friday, October 20th, 4-6 PM PDT / 7-9 PM EDT.
Dr. Kamilah Majied will continue to facilitate this group.
NABA now has Google Groups for the White Affinities Group and the POC Buddhists for Racial Justice Group.
With recent developments on one of the calls, some threads are increasingly active, insightful, and productive.
With requests to build collaborative relationships, NABA also started a NABA Racial Justice Google Group to begin the bridging and dialogue between white Buddhists and POC Buddhists for racial justice.Please join one of the monthly calls to participate in one or more of these Google Groups. Contact Info @ North American Buddhist Alliance.org about any of the above. 

Next Steps are being developed. Please share your resource, register for a webinar, and join a working committee!


The impassioned support as seen by the 1,500 and more signatures on the Buddhists for Racial Justice open letter must manifest now as action steps. We want your input on specific ideas, proposals, and opportunities for moving forward together!

Please read the open letter and immerse yourself in as many of the recommended resources as possible
before the call so we may be prepared to move toward the next steps!
See the reasons for hosting two separate calls here.

Facilitated call with white Buddhists and facilitator Roshi Enkyo Pat O'Hara of New York's Village Zendo
on 5/18/17, Thursday, 5 - 7 PM PDT/8 - 10 PM EDT.
RSVP here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/00702fe3fb40ce5ec5b9141539e44ee6

Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara serves as Abbot of the Village Zendo. She received priest ordination from Maezumi Roshi and Dharma Transmission and Inka from Bernie Tetsugen Glassman. Roshi Enkyo’s lineage comes through Maezumi Roshi whose teaching was uncommon, bringing together Soto priest training and study of the Rinzai koan system. Moreover, Roshi Glassman’s focus on social engagement and peacemaking underlies much of her vision of Zen practice.
Roshi is a Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Family, a spiritual and social action association. Roshi’s focus is on the expression of Zen through caring, service, and creative response. Her Five Expressions of Zen form the matrix of study at the Village Zendo: Meditation, Study, Communication, Action, and Caring.

Facilitated call with POC Buddhists and facilitator Dr. Kamilah Majied of Howard University
on 5/25/17, Thursday, 5 - 7 PM PDT/8 - 10 PM EDT.
RSVP here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/00702fe3fb40ce5ec5b9141539e44ee6

Kamilah Majied, Ph.D. is an educator, researcher, clinician and internationally recognized expert on oppression as it impacts mental health and social functioning. Her clinical work centers on using mindfulness-based approaches and other Buddhism based interventions to improve individual mental health as well as family and community wellness. Her scholarship examines racism, homophobia, heterosexism and other oppressions, particularly as they impact people of color and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) people. Dr. Majied’s areas of specialization include grief and loss and addressing the mental health challenges faced by stigmatized populations. As a consultant she works to make health and human service agencies more sensitive to the needs of minority populations and more culturally competent with regard to service delivery. She has successfully assisted various domestic and international organizations in developing programming that welcomes and supports diversity and addresses disparities. She is an author of multiple publications on cultural competence, education and mental health. Dr. Majied serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work. She is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Howard University in Washington DC.

Thank you and email Info @ NorthAmericanBuddhistAlliance .org with questions and comments beforehand.


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