imagemarie wrote:"What if" reasoning..
imagemarie wrote:Get people in the door, let them address their hurts in a supportive environment, then hit them with the absolutes. It seems to me that this policy is about addressing barriers, (colour, class, privilege) whether they exist, are ill-percieved, or whatever other papanca you like. It is starting from where people are. And, I think, based upon metta and karuna and inclusivity. The intention is a noble one. We (the Dhamma), is here for you too.
Yana wrote:I just realized there's not a lot of black buddhist meditators,i live in Australia ..well i don't know i'll have to join a group and find out maybe i'll be the only one ahaha...doesn't matter..am used to being the only black person.. like whatever..
David N. Snyder wrote:It's a difficult and touchy issue, so I can see why no one has responded yet. Either way you answer someone might call you a "racist." If you say that there shouldn't be groups for "people of color" then someone might call you a racist. If you say there should be such groups, then you might be accused of being racist; by engaging in reverse racism (from the historical direction); in this case not allowing whites to attend.
If they don't allow whites to attend, where do they draw the line? How about half-white, half-black people like my kids? If that is allowed, how about someone who is only quarter-black? How about one-eighth? If yes, why? If not allowed, why not?
Clearly, some of the people are there from a secular perspective, for stress relaxation, psychological easing, etc, things like that.
So maybe they have different practice than people who are Bhuddist from a spiritual perspective.
But I'd rather practice with people who make flower offerings to the Bhudda statue, than in some of the Westernized groups with people who are worried about really mundane things like race, stress reduction, etc.
Better to stay at home with the Tipitaka and zafu, than to jump in that mess!
retrofuturist wrote: I'm not touching this one with a bargepole
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