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 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

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 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.

 

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
Ayo Yetunde

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 Programs

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

Application

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.

Advisory Board

Anouk Shambrook

East Bay Meditation Center, Tibetan Nyingma

Ayo Yetunde

Center of the Heart, Lion’s Roar, Insight and Soto Zen

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

LORNE LADNER

Guhyasamaja center, Tibetan Gelug

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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