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
Our vision is to fund fellowships and trainings for an initial cohort of Black Buddhist Teacher Fellows. This first phase will fund individual fellowships for up to six Black Buddhist teachers for a duration of one year beginning in 2022. The fellowship offers structured support in the form of trauma resilience trainings by highly experienced trainers, wellness resources, facilitated monthly cohort dialogues, and more. The fellows will also be supported in teaching-related expenses and health care, which was voiced as the top concern 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.
90% of your contribution will directly support this fellowship program—the trainings (including all associated travel, lodging, and food costs for the fellows), and the fellowship stipends.
The DR2 board also recognizes that we ourselves as board members are not exempt from trauma. Healing from trauma internally enables us to better do our work externally to support Black Buddhist teachers. Thus, 10% of Phase One funding 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.
Your contribution goes directly to offering access to wellness resources and trainings that enhance resilience for Black Buddhist leaders and the communities they serve.
We are actively seeking donations to help us meet our goal. One may make a one-time donation by credit card, PayPal, or Bank Transfer.
Organizations that fiscally support the project
Gold (donated $50,000+)
Silver (donated $5,000-$49,999)
Lapis Lazuli (donated $1-$4,999)
Buddhist centers and organizations involved in outreach and participate in programs
Media and other in-kind support
Individuals who financially support at any level
Gold (donated $1,000+)
Silver (donated $500-$999)
Lapis Lazuli (donated $0-$499)
Patricia Phelan Cabarga
R Amadea Morningstar
Rev SeiFu Singh-Molares
Ryan Van Wyk
Sandra Medina Bocangel
Terri and Ellis Delaney
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 and includes both wellness support and trauma resiliency training. 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.