Wednesday, June 26
7:30 pm PST (also via Livestream
Buddha Hall at 300 Page Street
with Arinna Weisman
A Dharma Talk Exploring an Inclusive Practice of the Buddha's Teachings of Liberation
The Buddha noted during his awakening he could not find a beginning to ignorance. It is everywhere and takes many expressions. It is molded into social constructions of inequity in the fields of the personal, interpersonal, cultural and structural.
When we are part of a community that is structurally dis-empowered through lack of resources, representation and visibility, we know it. The experience is obvious and clear to us. When we are part of the privileged community we don't know it because privilege is blind to itself. We are all or have been part of both groups.
Our work in the target communities is to navigate the negative conditioning we have received that has justified the inequity—simply put, to see through the "blame the victim" norms we are educated to, and to organize for structural change. When we are part of the privileged community our work is to bring awareness to how we are repeating and co-creating patterns of inequity even when we are not aware of it and have very good intentions to do otherwise.
The Buddha's teaching on awareness and compassion directed to these inquiries can begin to unearth our unconscious patterns and empower us to change them. You are invited to join in an exploration of inequity and liberation at this Wednesday evening Dharma talk.
Arinna Weisman has studied insight meditation since 1979 and has been teaching since 1989. Her root teacher is Ruth Denison, who was empowered by the great teacher U Bha Khin. She is the founding teacher of Insight Meditation Center of the Pioneer Valley. Her Dharma practice and teaching have been infused with her political and environmental activism.