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Buddhadharma : Fall 2005
fall 2005| 8 |buddhadharma it may seem contradictory for the founder of RainbowDharma to write a book called Black Buddha, but the title alone is a challenge to what i call the knee-jerk rejection of anything that contradicts the cultural majority view. in essence, that rejection is the “it” that causes a lack of diversity in Buddhist sanghas, where not only do most folks share the same cultural back- ground, but the same cultural view. As a European-American, raised in an all-white, primarily Catholic new England community, i can tell you how difficult it is to see this thing that causes people of color to turn away from most sanghas. i have only been able to see it by marrying outside of my “race,” and it is not an easy thing to describe. But if we are truly committed to enlightenment, and not just to feeling more comfortable about ourselves, then it is exactly this knee-jerk rejection that must collapse in order for the dharma to spread in a meaningful way. it is impossible to clench around our attachment to maintaining a culturally comfortable envi- ronment and relax into the realization of emptiness, like it is impossible for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle. We, the cultural majority, must let go. Pema Khandro Wife of Choyin Rangdröl Oakland, Calif. in THE SUMMER 2005 iSSUE of Buddhadharma i was a par- ticipant in the Forum on “Barriers to the Dharma,” speaking about creative ways to teach. i mentioned Choyin Rangdröl, an African-American Vajrayana teacher in Oakland, California. My intention was to commend him. He is an excellent teacher who speaks in a sophisticated and creative way to a broad and diverse community. Marlene Jones, EdD Spirit Rock Meditation Center Woodacre, Calif. My APOLOGiES for the misleading way i may have described the genesis of the People of Color dharma group at San Francisco zen Center [“Forum: Barriers to the Dharma,” Summer 2005]. My description was incorrect. Our efforts to promote diver- sity have been ongoing for many years, with the support and guidance of Hilda Gutiérrez Baldoquín and many others. The impetus to create a POC sitting group came from her, with encouragement and support from Teah Strozer and Lien Shutt, not the center’s diversity committee. Paul Haller, Abbot San Francisco Zen Center San Francisco, Calif. JUST A SHORT OPiniOn from a Dutch subscriber. your quarterly is a magnificent source of information on (all kinds of) Buddhism and a great help for practice. i enjoy every issue, most of all because every contribution deserves a second (or a third) reading. C. van Linschoten Arnhem, The Netherlands ➤ continued page 16 Transmission of Bodhisattva Precepts By Venerable Master Sheng Yen November 18 – November 21, 2005 Dharma Drum Retreat Center, Pine Bush, New York • To regulate personal behavior • To practice and cultivate virtue • To benefit all sentient beings Dharma Drum Mountain (718) 592-6593 / www.chancenter.org