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Buddhadharma : Fall 2011
63 fall 2 01 1 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly of silence that exists within the Buddhist world. It made me deeply sad. What forms can we create to address the silence and work with healing in this area. Some of us are imagining a kind of Buddhist truth and reconciliation commission for 2015. That’s our vision. Gina Sharpe: That’s a really beautiful idea. Someone should work on it. For me, one of the most moving experiences occurred in a breakout group. It was originally billed as a group for teachers of color, but we expanded it to teachers of color and allies. It was almost like a fishbowl, the teach- ers of color speaking together and the teachers not of color who came were able to hear a conversation that I don’t think they have had much opportunity to hear. It was a beautiful experience, because of the response we got from the teachers who were not of color about hearing the conversation. We don’t have enough of that in our Buddhist world, enough of people really talking to each other. The gaps between our communities are very wide, and I’m glad the conference gave us a chance to begin to bridge some of those gaps. Buddhadharma: Were gender issues discussed at the conference? diana WinSton: Gender issues certainly came up in the power shuffle, but I also saw ways in which the conference itself was being conducted that was not taking a very balanced approach to gender issues. There were panels without many women on them, or men taking a lot of space and not allowing women to speak. But we spoke to it as a community and began to make some changes in that direction, about halfway through the conference. pat enKyo o’hara: At a certain point in the conference, we decided to alternate between a man and a woman for people coming up to the microphone. That did change the lengths of the remarks, and the men became quieter. There were also many different kinds of remarks and not just people going back and forth. I’m glad that happened, because often women, including senior women teachers, will step back when there are a lot of men talking. It still happens. Gina Sharpe: I agree. A very big gender issue that was only raised peripherally is the issue of ordination of nuns in our Theravada tradition. That is clearly one of the elephants in the room that needs attending to. Ken mcLeod: I’ve been a sounding board for a nun who’s been very heavily involved in that. Frankly, it is horrific how legal- istic the discussion has become. It’s the antithesis of what the Buddha intended. I’m really quite ashamed at what’s being presented as the view of some Buddhist organizations. Buddhadharma: How are you feeling as you contemplate what was achieved at the conference? diana WinSton: It was so powerful for the next generation to gather and to look at some of the issues that are relevant to our community, such as how we will support ourselves and other newer teachers and how we will encourage diversity and social action. The power shuffle came out of the meeting with the next generation. We did it among ourselves and then brought it to the larger group. One of the most moving moments of the conference was when the next generation formed two lines and the pioneers walked through the lines and we bowed to each one of you that walked through the line. My heart was so open during that moment. When we got to the end, the next generation prostrated toward the senior teachers, we all shared requests and statements back and forth, and the next generation presented a statement as a group pat enKyo o’hara: When I saw all of these young people, I really began to think about succession and transmission and how teachers would be trained and certified. It was so heart- ening to see all of these young people who apparently want to dedicate their lives to spreading the dharma—in so many diverse ways. It inspired in me a sense of responsibility and an urge to look carefully at how we pass on our legacy while also learning from the young. Ken mcLeod: It had been eleven years since there was a con- ference of this kind. That’s a long time. It seemed to me that the teachers in the elder’s group, the so-called pioneers, had matured in some very inspiring ways. I was consistently impressed with the depth of experience, of thought, and of sincerity among my peers. I detected a similar sincerity and lively, vital energy in the next generation group. I felt in the end that the elders and the next generation were separated too long. It was good to begin in separation so that some cohesion could form, but I would have liked to have had more interaction with the next generation than the structure provided. Here in Los Angeles, I’ve been largely teaching my contemporaries and we all have matured together, so I have relatively few younger people with whom I work. It would be good to get out of that particular age trap. Gina Sharpe: I took away a feeling of great promise for our future. There are some amazing people in our midst who are sincerely and penetratingly and deeply considering all of the issues we’ve talked about. That gives me great hope. photo Max MaksiMik / Garrison institute