December 7-10, 2017
What insights can ancient Buddhist teachings offer to the challenges of racism, inequity and other issues of social justice we face today? How can we become aware of, and challenge, our own biases? How can contemplative practice extend beyond the meditation cushion into activism in our daily lives?
Join us for a weekend of discussion in the safety and sanctity of Vajrapani Institute with renowned scholar and practitioner Jan Willis as she draws from her personal experience and decades of teaching to explore these questions. Participants will read important pieces, watch films about, do exercises on, and discuss together the challenging and thorny issues of race and racism in our world and in our lives.
Some of the material that will be explored in the course includes films such as “Race: the Power of An Illusion” and “I Am Not Your Negro,” and excerpts from Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, Debbie Irving’s Waking Up White, and other selected readings.
Suggested Reading List
- Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
- James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
- Debbie Irving, Waking Up White
- Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric
- Marc Lamont Hill, Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable
- Carol Anderson, White Rage
- Robin DiAngelo, “White Fragility”
- Please plan on arriving between 3:00 and 5:00 PM on the first day of the retreat.
- Please plan on departing approximately 2:00 PM on the last day of the retreat.
If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.