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
How to Support
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.
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.
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.
This section will be added soon.
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