6/25 Webinar: Race & Gender in a New Era

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Featured Teachers Webinar on Race and Gender in a New Era:
For Asian American Buddhists, a pan-sectarian, sacred spaces are very much needed. The power dynamic of white supremacy in American Buddhism is such that rendering Asian American Buddhists invisible serves as the very mechanism that also hides the fact of white domination and appropriation, under the guise of “common-sense” objective neutrality. More than simple inclusion politics, the issue of Asian and Asian American Buddhists erasure from the history and contemporary landscape of American Buddhism evidences a pattern of epistemological hegemony that traces back to European imperial conquest. This webinar is a means of moving the American Buddhist community forward towards liberation from the hegemony of white supremacy, and towards more honest dialogue about appropriation and erasure of Asian and Asian American Buddhist histories and communities.

Re-centering Asian American Buddhists in American Buddhism
This webinar will provide a brief discussion of race and American Buddhism, focusing on the historical exclusion of Asian American Buddhists. Starting with a brief discussion of Asian immigration to the U.S. and the development of the first Buddhist communities, the webinar will detail how mainstream American society used Buddhism to label Asian and Asian American Buddhists as un-American and perpetually foreign. It will then discuss how this dominant narrative has negatively shaped conversations about American Buddhism and to dismiss the historical contributions of Asian American Buddhists. Finally, it concludes with some ideas for how to re-center Asian American Buddhists in meaningful ways.

June 25th Sunday 1 - 3 PM PDT / 4 - 6 PM EDT with Dr. Funie Hsu and others.
Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/b25e51271f144fec8c34be5db4a05ad8

Dr. Funie Hsu, PhD, works as an assistant professor of American Studies at San Jose State University
and also serves on the board of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Here is her recent article on recognizing Asian American Buddhists' contribution and responses to it.



Thank you so much to all those who joined the first 2017 webinar!
Thought-provoking, tender hearted, profound. . . . were some of the impressions.

The first few videos (of several) are now available at NABA's Youtube channel.
Please subscribe for future videos.
These multimedia presentations will join the growing list of Buddhists for Racial Justice resources.


A new era is dawn, Buddhist pioneers leading the way in ethnic diversity and gender equality in the West
such as Venerable Karma Lekshe Tsomo and Venerable Pannavati
will kick off the 2017 NABA teachers webinar series.

Please reserve February 25th, 2017, Saturday 1 to 3 PM PST as the first in this teachers series.
Register for upcoming presentation and dialogue here.
NABA's series of Buddhist women teachers will share their perspectives on these and other questions:
  • How does the perpetually discriminating mind refrain from discrimination that results in unequal treatment or results?
  • How does a Buddhist woman or person of color refrain from defending a person or group while attempting to bring about inherent kindness in many?
  • How does a Buddhist woman or man of privilege learn to become more inclusive while examining the false self?
  • How do Buddhist women and persons of color help with tense relationships throughout the region recently and in the future?
  • What contributions would you expect Buddhists to make in the face of hostility toward women or particular racial/ethnic groups?

Please send your comments and questions to Info@NorthAmericanBuddhistAlliance.org

Venerable Lekshe

Karma Lekshe Tsomo is an ordained nun, scholar, social activist. She teaches Buddhism and World Religions at the University of San Diego, directs Jamyang Foundation (www.jamyang.org), and is busy organizing the 2017 Sakyadhita Conference of International Buddhist Women (www.sakyadhita.org). For the last 30 and more years, she has been educating and actively bringing about equality in the Buddhist world.


Venerable Pannavati

Ven. Dr. Pannavati is Co-Abbot of Embracing Simplicity Hermitage and co-founder of  Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center. An African-American Buddhist monastic, she is both contemplative and engaged holding cross-lineage ordination in Theravada and Mahayana, while being a Vajrayana practitioner and Zen Peacemaker. An international teacher who advocates on behalf of disempowered women and youth globally, she upholds equality and respect in Buddhist life for both female monastics and the lay sangha. She has received several Outstanding Buddhist Women’s awards, a special commendation from the Princess of Thailand for Humanitarian Acts, assisted in the ordinations of the first 35 Thai Bhikkhunis on Thai soil with bhikkhu consensus and inducted the 35 women into the Sisters of Compassionate Wisdom American order of Bhikkhunis; ordained the first Tamili Dalit (“Untouchable”) nun, convened a platform with Cambodian Bhikkhus and Bhikkhunis to give temporary ordination to 13 Cambodian women in the US and has adopted 10 “untouchable” villages in India (approximately 30,000 people), helping them cultivate Buddhist principles of conduct and livelihood, providing wells, books, teachers and micro-loans for women.  In 2016, she received a Global Bhikkhuni Award in Taiwan and has accepted a seat on the World Bhikkhuni Association’s governing council.




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