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White Awake-NYI

In these days of deepening political divisiveness and polarization, many white practitioners are uncertain how to respond, or even how to talk about race. As a white person:

  • Would you like to become part of a supportive learning community of white practitioners exploring racism in the context of Buddha Dharma?
  • Do you want to deepen your understanding of Buddhist teachings on suffering, oppression and liberation?
  • Do you want to gain insight into the suffering that arises from our racial conditioning as white people in this society?
  • Would you be interested in exploring how to act on insights arising from this investigation, exploring together ways of transforming our own white racial conditioning?

White Awake-NYI is a 6-session course, meeting from September through November, that will explore these questions. The course will focus on deepening personal awareness and understanding of race and the role it plays in our lives and in society. Through gathering to practice, study, examine, and learn within community, we will gain insight into how systems of racism and privilege operate, and ways we can skillfully support change.

Meeting Dates
September 11, 18, 25, October 2, November 6, 13 Mondays, 9:30am – 12:00pm

Registration Fee
$150

We are asking participants to agree to:

  • maintain or renew your Dharma practice as a frame for supporting this inquiry.
  • be willing to grapple with difficult issues, and to stay engaged, as you explore your personal experience.
  • seek support of the program facilitators, if needed.

If you have questions, please email facilitators
Elaine Retholtz and Gary Singer


You can register here.

Earlier Event: August 7
Living Urban Dharma NYI Practice Group
Later Event: September 19
Interpersonal Mindfulness Program