Healing Race Relations

Rooted in compassion for all beings, we are working to heal race relations to build a more colorful future

We Are All In This Together

Our shared sense of safety, wellbeing, and humanity depend on each of us. We have the capacity to grow by recognizing the suffering, identifying its causes, and beginning the process of healing. While many Dharma communities have been working on healing racial relations locally, there has not been a systematic approach, bringing together centers and temples from a wide spectrum of Buddhist traditions in North America, to collectively redress racism and provide the means and skillsets to support Black people in healing racial trauma.

Dharma Relief 2 (DR2) is dedicated to working to heal the impact of racism against Black people in North American Dharma communities. Because we are all interconnected, this healing supports awakened understanding in each of us and deepens our capacity to live undefended
and connect with our true nature.

How To Support

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

How to Join

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

Our Process

Here is how step-by-step each donation leads to helping our programs.

How to Support

Donations

Enacting the Buddhist understanding of our deep interdependence, Dharma Relief 2 is dedicated to collectively redressing racism and to supporting Black people in healing racial trauma. Our shared sense of safety, wellbeing, and humanity depends on each of us working together, no matter our background, to recognize suffering, identify its causes, and begin the process of healing. This is especially true and unavoidable when it comes to the  matter of race. DR2 is seeking the support of all who share an understanding of our deep interdependence and its relation to racial suffering.  

We are launching this website to fundraise $XXX,XXX to employ therapists, educators, and group facilitators to train 108 dharma teachers in trauma resiliency, racial awareness, special retreats, and other skillful means to support their work with local sanghas. The Dharma teachers and leaders will come from all Buddhist traditions in North America to train in the Dharma Relief programs and serve as our ambassadors to address racism.

Dharma Relief (501c NPO) is accepting donations through this portal. 100% of your donation will be used to educate Buddhist centers and fund  wellness resources and training workshops. We have already identified several means and workshops to accomplish these goals.

Healing Racialized Trauma

DR2 commits to raising awareness about the impact of intergenerational, historical, and continuing present-day trauma on African-descended people. It offers access to wellness resources and trainings that enhance resilience for both Black Buddhist leaders and the communities they serve, prioritizing funding for these leaders to offer racialized trauma healing support through a Buddhist lens for Black communities in the U.S.

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How to Join

 Dharma Relief Model of Anti-Racism Training

Dharma Relief supports multidimensional short-term and long-term training for dharma teachers to address racism along three pathways. Each pathway will include appropriate workshop trainings in: social resilience; diversity counseling; somatic experiencing for healing trauma; and individual classes on racism from multiple perspectives of history, class distinctions, gender imbalances, economic disparities, generational changes, and educational backgrounds. Here is a list of the training institutions [hyperlink to another page where we list the facilitators]. The three pathways are:

Racial Healing for Black and Brown Teachers. To amplify their voices in the Buddhist community, Dharma Relief 2 supports trainings of Black and Brown Buddhist leaders aimed at healing racialized trauma, with these leaders in turn bringing the means and skillsets of this healing to their communities.  

Racial Healing for non-Black/Brown Teachers. To inform and transform non-Black/Brown Buddhist spaces, DR2 supports anti-racism trainings of teachers in these communities in order to develop awareness and ownership of the matter of racial suffering, with these leaders passing on an informed sense of ongoing commitment to redress this suffering to their communities. 

Internal Work for the Core Members of Dharma Relief 2. To exemplify how a diverse community can come together and work through the matter of race, Dharma Relief is committed to undertaking its own ongoing internal work through anti-racism trainings, affinity groups, and continuing member encounter.       

Resources
Here are some resources and methods that change systemic racism on an individual, familial, institutional, and political levels.

Application to Training Programs (under construction)

We encourage Dharma teachers, leaders, and centers to help spread the word of this project and apply for our Dharma Relief anti-racism training. We hope that the graduates of Dharma Relief Model can act as satellites in continuing the work of anti-racism. Please click here for the application.

Our Process

This section will be added soon. 

Advisory Board

Anouk Shambrook

East Bay Meditation Center, Tibetan Nyingma

Ayo Yetunde

Center of the Heart, Insight and Soto Zen

Cheryl A. Giles

Natural dharma fellowship, tibetan Kagyu

DaRa Williams

Insight Meditation Society and New York Insight, vipassana

Marisela Gomez

order of interbeing, thien

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

LORNE LADNER

Guhyasamaja center, Tibetan Gelug

MARTIN APPLEBAUM

being without self, rinzai zen

MATT ZEPELIN

Shambhala publications, soto zen

MEIDO MOORE ROSHI

korinji rinzai zen monastery, rinzai zen

NARAYAN LIEBENSON

Cambridge insight meditation Center, vipassana

Sponsors

Partners

Centers
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
Being Without Self
Bright Way Zen Sangha
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center
Dharma Drum Mountain Dallas
Dharma Drum Mountain Seattle
Dharma Drum Mountain San Francisco
Dharma Drum Mountain Tallahassee Chan Center
Dharma Drum Mountain Toronto
Dharma Drum Mountain Vancouver
Dharma Drum Retreat Center
Drepung Loseling Monastery
Endless Mountain
Florida Community of Mindfulness
Houston Zen Center
Kansas Zen Center
Korinji Zen
Lions Roar
North Carolina Zen Center
One Earth Sangha
Pacific Zen
Sanshin Zen Community
Sravasti Abbey

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