undoing whiteness and oppression

Please note that all in-person public programming at Brooklyn Zen Center is suspended until at least April 13. The Undoing Whiteness and Oppression meeting of April 4 will take place online from 1:30-3:30pm via Zoom. All meeting details available here.

Feel free to reach out to us at kristinmiscall(at)gmail.com with questions or to let us know how we can be supportive at this challenging time.

Undoing Whiteness and Oppression (UWO) meets on the 1st Saturday of every month, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, 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: April 4 (online meeting), May 2, June 6. Stay tuned for details on these upcoming meetings dates, as we adjust to the changing situation of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic in New York.

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.

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