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Buddhadharma : Win 2012
8 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY WINTER 2 0 1 2 new dharma leaders would subsequently develop community-based sanghas and dharma organizations that reflected the multiplicities of race, gender, sexual ori- entation, and cultural difference that are an inherent part of today’s society. It’s easier to create an inclusive com- munity from the ground up than to try to retrofit one that isn’t inclusive. Know- ing this, we emphasized the importance of addressing issues of multiculturalism and diversity in the initial stages of cre- ating a meditation community. During the CDL program, this required a deep investigation into both individual and collective cultural conditioning and unconsciousness, as well as experiential training in deconditioning. We applied the Buddha’s teachings on internal and external mindfulness in the Satipatthana Sutta as a way of expanding spiritual practice from a personal to a collec- tive experience. We looked into group dynamics to understand them deeply; deconstructed the nature of harmony and disharmony; explored the experi- ences of power, patriarchy, and privilege; and wove cultural perspectives into the entire program. The process through which the group of ninety-five candidates, four coordinat- ing teachers, and nineteen guest teach- ers journeyed together over the course of two years was profound, difficult, and ultimately inspiring. The program was a remarkable cumulative experi- ence, revealing the dynamics of identity and power and the complexity of being a dharma leader within the diversity of modern-day communities. For the par- ticipants, it was also a precious oppor- tunity to be together, work together, and practice together in a diverse and multi- cultural learning environment. Our aspiration, and the aspiration of CDL, is for the dharma to be suffused in all communities, in all cultures, in all directions. May many beings benefit from the effects of the CDL program. May many communities benefit and deepen their experience with the dharma through the efforts of these CDL gradu- ates. May these efforts continue for the liberation of all beings.