undoing whiteness and oppression

Please note that all in-person public programming at Brooklyn Zen Center is currently suspended. Undoing Whiteness and Oppression (UWO) continues to meet online at this time. Feel free to reach out to us at uwobrooklynzen [at] gmail [dot] com with questions or to let us know how we can be supportive at this challenging time.

UWO will take a break from programming for the month of August. The next UWO meeting will take place Saturday, September 12, from 1:30 to 3 pm. To join the online meetings, please contact uwobrooklynzen [at] gmail [dot] com in advance. Please check the BZC Calendar for the latest information on meeting dates.

UWO is a monthly group of Zen practitioners who identify or are identified as white to explore the racial construct of whiteness, how we grasp the identity and the privilege integral to it, and how we might divest from these entanglements so we are freed to skillfully address the pain and suffering caused by them.

If we are to thoroughly deepen our Buddhist vow to do no harm, we must be clear on the oppression resulting from social positions we occupy and biases we manifest. As with all explorations of self and harm, we must also see the behavior and ignorance that allows this conditioning to continue.

For many this is not an easy discussion, but it is a necessary one if we are to uphold our Bodhisattva vow to be liberated with all beings. Ultimately this liberation returns us to the joy and intimacy of our whole humanity and life.