Healing Racial Trauma

Through Buddhist Communities

We Are All In This Together

In response to a flood of horrific racial attacks, Dharma Relief 2 seeks to bring together a wide spectrum of Buddhist teachers, centers, and temples in the United States to collectively heal the impact of racialized trauma against Black African-descended people. Dharma Relief 2 (DR2): “Healing Racial Trauma Through Buddhist Communities” aims to foster change through the targeted program discussed below.

The ongoing 400-year experience of racism against Black African-descended people has resulted in historical, inter-generational, and continuing present-day trauma similar to that experienced by all those who have suffered war, genocide, dislocation, and domestic violence. We believe that Black Dharma teachers are powerfully positioned to address racial trauma, a particularly engulfing and defining form of human suffering in Black communities. 

Your generous support will benefit Black Dharma teachers in the US to become an effective social force for good and exemplars of compassionate action.

How To Support

There are two ways you can help our healing efforts: donation and participation.

Our Process

Multidimensional pathways to addressing racism.

How to Join

Our aim is to bring together all schools and branches of Buddhadharma to heal
racial trauma.

How to Support

Donations

Our vision is to fund an initial cohort of Black Buddhist Teacher Fellows. This first phase will fund individual grants for up to six Black Buddhist teachers for a duration of one year beginning in early 2023. The fellows may use the grant as they see fit, for example, for teaching-related expenses and health care, which were voiced as the top concerns in our survey of Black Buddhist teachers. Our initiative is a pilot project intended to show the impact of supporting Black Dharma teachers. DR2 is committed to collecting information on the results of the program, and we hope it will lead to future cohorts of fellows.

Ninety percent of your contribution will directly support this fellowship program. Ten percent will support the steps required to do so, as well as administration costs of the program. 

We are grateful to the funding agencies, sponsors, and individuals listed at the end of the page. Click here to see our list.

 

Supporters

Sponsors

 Organizations that fiscally support the project

Gold (donated $50,000+)

Silver (donated $5,000-$49,999)

Tallahassee Chan Center
Great Vow Zen Monastery

Lapis Lazuli (donated $1-$4,999)

Partners

Buddhist centers and organizations involved in outreach and participate in programs

Benefactors

Media and other in-kind support

Bodhisattvas

Individuals who financially support at any level

Gold (donated $1,000+)

Anonymous Donor
Efrat Livny
AJ Johnston
Chengye Wang
   

Silver (donated $500-$999)

Anne Blackburn
Peace At Any Pace, Inc.
Stacy McClendon
Suzanne Kilkus

Lapis Lazuli (donated $0-$499)

Alev Wilk
Ashley Messenger
Athene Carras
Barbara Baatz
Belinda Li
Bill Millington
Binbin Deng
Bonnie Sarmiento
Carrie Pollak
Cheryl Giles
Craig Rosa
Daniella Molle
DaRa Williams
Dawn Toepelt
Emmanuel Lartey
Ginger Toll
Helen Hobart
JD Doyle
Jeff Wilson
Jimmy Lin
Johanna Gorse
Katalin Kiraly
Kim Neuschel
Linda Grove
Liz Johnson
Lori-Ann Lima
Marty Larch
Milton Vedder
Monica Solomon
Nancy Chu
Nancy Riemer
Nealy Zimmermann
Neil Ryder
Patrice Koelsch
Patricia Phelan Cabarga
R Amadea Morningstar
Ralph Quinn
Rev SeiFu Singh-Molares
Richard Swanson
Ryan Van Wyk
Samo Skerbec
Sandra Medina Bocangel
Sarah O’Gara
Siobhan Cassidy
steven cooley
Takaaki Okada
Terri and Ellis Delaney
Terri Barczak
Todd Finlay
Victoria Mausisa
Vonda Pearson

Fellowship Program

The DR2 Board is actively planning the Black Buddhist Teachers Fellowship program, and we encourage Black Dharma teachers to apply. This fellowship is application-based. The program’s efficacy will be measured through pre- and post-surveys. We envision that those who take part in the Dharma Relief Fellowship will become part of an ever-widening network committed to strengthening the diversity and equity of the Buddhist landscape in the US and to ongoing anti-racism efforts. A detailed description of the fellowship for Black Buddhist teachers will be forthcoming soon. If you are interested in potentially applying for the DR2 fellowship, please click this link and join our mailing list.

Advisory Board

DaRa Williams

Insight Meditation Society and New York Insight, vipassana

Marisela Gomez

baltimore and beyond mindfulness community, order of interbeing/tiep hien

Myokei Caine-Barrett Shonin

Nichiren Buddhist Sangha of Texas, nichiren SHU

Ralph Steele

Life Transition Meditation Center, Theravada

Sara Khan

Tallahassee Chan Center, Chan

STACY MCCLENDON

Common Ground Meditation, vipassana

GUO GU

Tallahassee chan center, chan

MARTIN APPLEBAUM

being without self, rinzai zen

MATT ZEPELIN

Shambhala publications, soto zen

NARAYAN HELEN LIEBENSON

Insight Meditation Society, Cambridge insight meditation Center, vipassana

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