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 programs 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 an expanding number of 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 eventually have an endowment that will fund fellowships and trainings over the long term in a sustainable way. Significant funding will be needed to make this initiative possible, and our first step is to launch a successful first cohort of fellows. With our Phase One fundraising campaign we aim to raise $500,000 by Spring 2022 to launch the Black Buddhist Teachers Fellowship Program.
This first phase will fund an initial cohort of Black Buddhist Teacher Fellows, supporting individual fellowships for 15 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.
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 a part-time administrator to coordinate the Fellowship program.
Future phases of the DR2 initiative will consist of expanding the fellowship program to include many future cohorts of Black Buddhist teachers, creating an endowment so we can sustainably fund the DR2 project, and providing training in racial awareness, equity, and inclusion to non-Black Dharma teachers in order for Dharma centers and temples to provide truly welcoming spaces for everyone.
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 will soon begin creating antiracism programs for non-Black teachers. A detailed description of the fellowship for Black Buddhist teachers will be forthcoming soon, with information on programs for non-Black teachers to follow as well. If you are interested in potentially applying for a DR2 fellowship or program, please click this link and join our mailing list.
First Phase: Black Buddhist Teacher Fellowships
Second Phase: Support of Anti-Racism Training for non-Black Teachers
In the first phase of the DR2 initiative, we encourage Black Dharma teachers to apply for a “Dharma Relief Fellowship of Racial Healing.” 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.