Interconnected: Challenging Racism and White Privilege with Mindfulness and Compassion—A Class for White People, CC 1/21 – 3/13

Led by Kitsy Schoen and Crystal Johnson, assisted by Jisan Tova Green and Kanzan David Zimmerman

Saturday, January 21: in the Buddha Hall at 300 Page

Monday, January 30 – Monday, March 13: in the Conference Center at 308 Page Street

This special class series starts with one half-day workshop on Saturday, January 21, 1 – 5 pm, and continues with seven Monday evening classes, 7:30 – 9 pm, January 30 – March 13.

We ask participants to commit to and attend all sessions.

Buddhist practices, including those of Zen, are incomplete without the investigation of social injustices and the ways we inadvertently perpetuate systems of privilege and oppression in our unexamined behaviors and beliefs. Social justice and anti-racism efforts can cause harm if they don’t include the wisdom and understanding that comes from mindfulness and compassion practices. In this class series we will support each other in addressing our own racism and white privilege using multicultural theories and tools along with Buddhist teachings and practices.

Our goal is to support San Francisco Zen Center’s mission of celebrating diversity and fostering inclusive community building by learning how we as white people can deeply honor ourselves and people of color. We wish to provide a framework, skills and experiences that contribute to the ongoing transformation of our hearts and minds and enable us to challenge racism and white privilege on every level, from the personal to systemic.

This class will also serve to launch a monthly White Awareness affinity group.

Fee: $160; $144, current SFZC members; $96, limited income. Some partial scholarships available. No one turned away for lack of funds.

To Register: Use the Register Online button above (available soon). Or call our toll-free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).

Please sign up early, in order to best support the program. Inquiries, comments and feedback may be directed to

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