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Buddhadharma : Summer 2016
summer 2 0 1 6 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 33 Our inability as a nation to atone for the theft of these lands and the building of wealth, power, and privilege on the countless backs and graves of black people is our most significant obstacle to being at peace with ourselves, and thus with the world. The Buddhist community is a mirror image of this deep internal conflict that arises out of a persistent resis- tance to playing its appropriate societal role, even as we have available to us rigorous teachings to help us do the necessary work. As demographics shift, ushering in greater pools of racially diverse seekers, this reluctance promises to be our undoing. We simply cannot engage with either the ills or promises of society if we continue to turn a blind eye to the egregious and willful igno- rance that enables us to still not “get it” in so many ways. It is by no means our making, but given the culture we are emerging from and immersed in, we are responsible. White folks’ particular reluctance to acknowl- edge their impact as a collective, while continuing If we are to uphold the dharma, says angel kyodo williams, we must stand up to racism and expose its institutionalized forms—even in our Buddhist communities. Where Will You Stand? WE ARE AT A CRITICAL MOMENT in the his- tory of the nation as well as within the Buddhist teaching and tradition in America. This is the “back of the bus” moment of our time. Fifty years after civil rights laws were laid down, it is clear that these laws were enshrined within a structure that contin- ues to profit from anti-black racism. The necessary bias that the system requires in order to perpetuate itself has permeated our sanghas, and in this very moment, Buddhists are called upon to put aside business as usual. If you have ever wondered how you would have shown up in the face of the chal- lenge put before white America when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, upending the accepted social order, now is when you will find out. Will we actually embody our practice and teachings—or not? It is a clarifying moment about who we are as individuals and who we have been thus far as a col- lective of people laying claim to the teachings of the Buddha, waving the flag of wisdom and compassion all the while. (Opposite) American Flag, 1977 Robert Mapplethorpe ©robertmapplethorpeFoundation