- Capa comum: 248 páginas
- Editora: North Atlantic Books (14 de junho de 2016)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 1623170982
- ISBN-13: 978-1623170981
- Dimensões do produto: 14,2 x 1,5 x 20,3 cm
- Peso de envio: 340 g
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Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation (Inglês) Capa Comum – 13 jun 2016
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Lama Rod Owens is a graduate of Berry College, where he majored in English and speech communication. It was there that he began his work as a student activist and organizer. In 2011, he was authorized as a lama in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. He then moved to DC and ran his own center for over two years. Later, he returned to Boston to begin his divinity degree in Buddhist studies at Harvard Divinity School.
Jasmine Syedullah holds a PhD in politics with a designated emphasis in feminist studies and history of consciousness from University of California, Santa Cruz, and a BA from Brown University in religious studies with a focus in Buddhist philosophy. Syedullah is currently a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow and lectures on her work at colleges and universities throughout the country.
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Yet, at this time when the Dharma is needed more acutely than ever—a time when our very existence is threatened as a result of our socially embedded greed, hatred, and ignorance— its expansive potential to liberate us from suffering is in danger of being rendered impotent because it is held in subjugation to the very systems that it must thoroughly examine.
Thrust into the Western socioeconomic framework that puts profit above all and coupled with a desire to perpetuate institutional existence at the expense of illuminating reality and revealing deeper truths, the Dharma has become beholden to commodification as inescapable and de rigueur. Authenticity and integrity are thus compromised.
Much of what is being taught is the acceptance of a “kinder, gentler suffering” that does not question the unwholesome roots of systemic suffering and the structures that hold it in place. What is required is a new Dharma, a radical Dharma that deconstructs rather than amplifies the systems of suffering, that starves rather than fertilizes the soil of the conditions that the deep roots of societal suffering grow in. A new Dharma is one that insists we investigate not only the unsatisfactoriness of our own minds but also prepares us for the discomfort of confronting the obscurations of the society we are individual expressions of. It recognizes that the delusions of systemic oppression are not solely the domain of the individual. By design, they are seated within and reinforced by society.
We must wake up and cut through not only individual but also social ego. This is not only our potential, but we now each have it as our collective responsibility. As dharma communities—this includes people belonging to white-led, Western communities of convert Buddhists, but also next-generation yogis, Advaitins, Sikhs, and adopters of other Eastern traditions—we must also do so strategically, and with great haste.
There is No Neutral
We are at a critical moment in the history 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 they were enshrined within a structure that continues to profit from anti-Black racism. The necessary bias that the system requires in order to be perpetuated has permeated our sanghas—our spiritual communities—and in this very moment, we are called to put aside business as usual. If you have ever wondered how you would have shown up in the face of the challenge put before white America when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, upending the accepted social order, now is the time you will find out. For Western-convert Buddhist America, this is the time when we will actually embody our practice and teachings, or not.
Our inability as a nation to honor 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, thus with the world. The Buddhist community is a mirror image of this deep internal conflict that arises out of a persistent resistance to playing its appropriate societal role even as we have available to us rigorous teachings to the contrary. This is a clarifying moment about who we are as individuals but also who we have been thus far as a collective of people laying claim to the teachings of the Buddha, waving the flag of wisdom and compassion all the while.
As demographics shift, ushering in increasingly racially diverse pools of 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 ignorance 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 acknowledge impact as a collective while continuing to benefit from the construct of the collective leaves a wound intact without a dressing. The air needed to breathe through forgiveness is smothered. Healing is suspended for all. Truth is necessary for reconciliation.
Will we express the promise of and commitment to liberation for all beings, or will we instead continue a hyper-individualized salvation model—the myth of meritocracy—that is the foundation of this country’s untruth?
The work being done in Dharma communities is the same work being done by the America that wants to live up to its promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Collectively, we must kick the habit of racism, cultural dominance, and the upholding of oppressive systems. More poignantly, our challenge, our responsibility, our deep resounding call is to be at the forefront of this overdue evolutionary thrust forward. Why? Because we choose to position ourselves as the standard-bearers of an ethical high ground. And we have the tools and teachings to do so.
There is no neutral.
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I think this is a fairly positive book. It sees hope in the future of America even with the healing that the USA still needs to do with it's people.
I had a bit of a hard time relating sometimes because I'm not as peaceable as the folks in this book. I feel the book would suggest self reflection on that. I struggled also with some of the spiritual components of this book. I don't consider myself to be a spiritual person and I'm an atheist. So, I was just along for the ride on some parts of the book.
I like the focus on community and the focus on discussion and on self reflection and self care. But I felt that there was more of a need for direction for this book.
"The tiptoeing around race and other forms of difference as if in fear of waking a sleeping lion is one of the most subtly toxic attributes of whiteness in our culture right now." -Jasmine Syedullah
"Love is the wish for myself and others to be happy. Love transcends our need to control the recipient of love. I love not because I need something in return. I love not because I want to be loved back, but because I see and understand love as being an expression of the spaciousness I experience when I am challenging my egoic fixation by thinking about the welfare of others. I go where I am loved. I go where I am allowed to express love. In loving, I have no expectations."-Lama Rod Owens
"Predatory capitalist greed has deeply ingrained a self-worth confusion into our psyche We associate our value as human beings with our financial worth. Our relationships are governed by the shadow game of acquisition. We can never have enough. The result is a devastating disconnect to a felt sense of our experience." -Rev. angel Kyodo williams
If this sounds like something you would enjoy reading check it out.
Respectfully, James, I feel you may have missed the point of the book. Maybe I’m wrong, but my felt sense about this book is, that it is an ON RAMP to beginning to have open discussions about what white people can do. It is up to white folks, like me, to DO THE WORK to UN LEARN our white supremacist ways.
I understand this book to be urging that it is MY responsibility to begin the honest inner work on how my own racism affects me and the people I come in contact with. This racism that I, and I believe EVERY white person has is not by choice, I don't believe racism is inherent. Racism is so because of the social/political/economic white persons America that we live in. It is and has been easier for white folks to pretend like racism doesn’t even exist, it is easier for a white person to follow that story-line. But that story-line HAS to stop, for the sake of a healthy and sane environment.
Out of respect for humanity, and out of respect for ourselves, it is the responsibility of all white folks to DO THE WORK! Figure out your own racist bias, and talk about it out loud with others! None of this is easy, and there are no easy answers. But the book is asking folks to take the first steps towards liberating ourselves from our own racist ties... the same ties that keep up bound in fear, and far from love and understanding.
There aren’t solid “answers”… this is about a REVOLUTION of UNLEARNING decades of white supremacy. That doesn’t happen overnight, but it HAS to start somewhere! I believe that people of color are exhausted with trying to explain this to white folks who have no way of understanding their felt experience.
A bunch of white folks made up the rules to disenfranchise and disengage people of color. Even if we weren’t part of making those rules, we have followed them blindly and have benefited from the comfort they offer. Finding solutions to changing attitudes and beliefs is up to white folks like me. I just don’t think this too should be put on the back of folks who are exhausted.
To think that our sangha’s, and the way they have been and are organized don’t have everything to do with how people of color might not feel welcome in a predominantly white space is not realistic. The amazing authors of this book are Buddhists, sharing their most intimate selves as people of color in the world and in their own Buddhist communities.
Buddhism in the West is part of a systematically deeply rooted white supremacist society. Buddhism doesn’t just get a “pass” because our lineages teach us about basic goodness in ALL sentient beings.
I understand that you believe even your “whitest” sangha doesn’t try to exclude people of color, and in fact puts effort into being welcoming. I guess I am wondering how your white sangha KNOWS they are being welcoming to people of color? Has your group sat down and had disturbingly honest conversations with the folks of color you are welcoming? I’m guessing not, only because so very few people are having open dialog about race.
To me, this is what this book is about. It is about disrupting the deeply rooted racist structures that keep people who are living as neighbors in a community where there are groups of “them” and “us” and “other.” To me, this book is about encouraging white folks to come into the reality of their privilege, to talk about their racism out loud with other white folks.
The hatred, fear and violence isn’t going to stop until white folks, like me, stop being comfortable and start getting real. It is going to take 3million small steps by a couple million white people before we get to some kind of noticeable social justice for our neighbors who were not born into this privilege.
You can start to take those steps RIGHT NOW! First by just making a commitment to respect yourself and other sentient beings enough to become educated on the United States TRUE history. Next step? Maybe go out of your comfort zone and sign up to take an Undoing Racism Workshop.
This book has inspired and overwhelmed me. But this book made it clear to me that it is MY responsibility to figure this out. For me first, and with my other friends of privilege. It has also shown me that I can’t look for anyone to give me a point by point rule book, instead I’ll find my answers in my own felt experience of love.
Mandi M. Miller