The suffering caused by racism has become ever more apparent across the globe since the murder of George Floyd on May 25th, especially for those who do not experience racism on a daily or regular basis. How does the concept of race and the harm of racism relate to Buddhist teaching? How can we use our meditation practices to shed light on racism within ourselves and society? Why is the Shambhala sangha so white? As a majority white sangha, what can we do to create the potential for more liberation and justice in the world and our community? As an international sangha, how do these conversations interface with the nuances of our different cultures? These questions are just a starting point. Alex Vlasic will speak to some of these questions and offer her experience discovering the inseparability of dharma and anti-racism as a white person.
About the Teacher
Alex Vlasic serves as an assistant teacher to the UNtraining White Liberal Racism program, teaches Shambhala dharma, and grows food in Plainfield, Vermont where she lives with her wife, Kate Vlasic. She has practiced and studied within the Shambhala community since 2011. She is committed to unearthing how we can access social liberation through the deep personal growth offered by the Shambhala teachings.
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