undoing whiteness and oppression

Please note that all in-person public programming at Brooklyn Zen Center is currently suspended. UWO will not be holding meetings this fall. During this time, we will be developing a more formal curriculum which we hope to make available at the beginning of 2021. 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 time.

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.