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Buddhadharma : Fall 2018
GINA SHARPE AND LARRY YANG 91 participants coming from communities of color and 55 percent from LGBTIQ communities, it is the most diverse cohort in the program’s history. Participants started the process of knitting together the heart and mind of dharma and exam- ining the roles of community leadership and activ- ism into which they will be thrust as their training and experience evolve. They also began to form the collegial relationships and community of learn- ing so essential to excellence in teaching and to modeling a life of integrity. We who facilitated the retreat were profoundly moved by the his- torical implications of the moment. This great turning to inclusive dharma speaks, as the Buddha directed, in a manner appropriate to its immediate audience. Bhikkhus, the word of the Buddha is not to be rendered into classical meter. Whoever does so commits an offense of wrongdoing. I allow the words of the Buddha to be learnt in one’s own language. —Vinaya Cullavagga This work will create an accelerated path for the dharma to reach those for whom access has been difficult. It is a turning of the wheel of dharma into new cultural landscapes, bringing to life the vision of Thich Nhat Hanh, who declared “the next Buddha may be a sangha.” It was a long road to get here. The idea that began with Larry Yang and Jack Kornfield during a 2012 Spirit Rock Teachers Council meeting was followed by four-plus years of difficult insti- tutional, relational, and political negotiations with the two flagship Current teacher trainees meet with graduates from the previous cohort (OPPOSITE)LARRYYANG(THISPAGE)TWOIRISES