undoing whiteness and oppression

Undoing Whiteness and Oppression

Meets on the 1st or 2nd Saturday of every month, from 1:30–3:30pm, at BZC. Please see the BZC UWO program meeting dates below and check the BZC Calendar for the latest information on meeting dates. 

Upcoming meeting dates: December 1, January 5, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10.  Please note that there will be no UWO meeting in February.

This 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. So don’t be surprised if you have fun as we continue our path of studying the self in order to open through love to all that is.

For further inquiries, please contact Kristin Miscall at kristinmiscall(at)gmail.com.