For Dr. Willis, like Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhism and Christianity, the religion historically associated with black Americans, are not in conflict. The idea of cause and effect, which is what Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō is about, made sense to me. . But I could also mention the political violence in our time, from the assassinations of King, Malcolm X, both Kennedys, and so many others in the 1960s to the recent shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing of six others, including a nine-year-old girl, in Arizona. Do we continue pushing from within when we get invited to have a seat at the table, or is there a way for change to happen at a slightly more revolutionary pace? As I go deeper into the dharma, I see that path, I see that light, and I touch it. “Excuse my language, but my ass was on fire. But we sometimes forget that one of the triple jewels of Buddhism is sangha, community. The Buddha said, “Don’t take my word for it, see if it works for you.” When I look at the basic teachings of the four noble truths, I see the steps. You definitely take sides. There’s tremendous liberation in our connectedness, in remembering who we are and the lineages that we’ve come from that run parallel to the dharma. Like the narrator of Charles Dickens’s novel A Tale of Two Cities, many black Americans today possibly feel “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” The reason is because, as Eugene Robinson explained in an April 4, 2008, article in the Washington Post, there are actually two very culturally different black Americas as this new millennium begins. I’m very inspired by the work of some of the people and organizations I support. Some Asian scholars and Buddhists resent the focus on convert Buddhism in the United States. Humans, according to the Buddha, can escape the cycles of reincarnation by renouncing their earthly desires and seeking a … by Carol Cooper. There must be a rhythm of alteration between attacking the cause and healing the effects.”. In his 1970 work, Buddhist Ethics, Hammalawa Saddhatissa writes in the preface, “Strictly speaking, Buddhism is not a religion in the generally accepted sense of the word, and it would be more accurate to describe it as an ethico-philosophy to be practiced by each follower. There are many pathways to diversity. An American may also be African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani, or Afghan. Black people are going to find freedom.” That was in my head my whole life: freedom and liberation. Ironically, and like no other religion or philosophy, the Dharma enables us to free ourselves even from itself. If something is causing harm, that’s not okay. It’s easy to go off or to reach for something to ease the pain. Second, it can be witnessed in changing gender roles, especially the prominence of women in American Buddhism. This is a key text for understanding postmodern identity. A report published last November [2009] by the Council of the Great City Schools, entitled “A Call for Change,” states that “the nation’s young black males are in a state of crisis” and describes their condition as “a national catastrophe.” This report shows that. I’m a guy that’s always been attracted to science—and cause and effect is what science is about. I mentioned slavery and segregation, two social arrangements that could only be maintained through systematic, institutional violence. At a certain point, though, the practice begins to teach you how to let go and let things be. The former CVS is being converted into the Buddhist … Think of this test as being three questions—or three doors—your speech must pass through before you make it public. For Dr. Willis, like Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhism and Christianity, the religion historically associated with black Americans, are not in conflict. Gretchen Rohr: I see activism as an engagement with my aligned values. In order to address those, we have to be able to have conversations that people are unwilling to have.”. In this culture, then, it is difficult to let go of pride (maana), and anger, which is a form of violence and one of the three defilements, along with greed and ignorance, though Saddhatissa points out in Buddhist Ethics, “By allowing anger to arise I am like one who wants to hit another and picks up a burning ember or excrement and by so doing either burn or soil myself.” Although simple and straightforward (and, of course, demanding), the precepts embody the spirit of the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, the paramitas, and in them we can see the distillation of Buddhist metaphysics. It’s a crazy time right now, so what we do is important. The history of Buddhism in America is evolving as fast as it can be documented. He is not mired in a past that cannot be recovered or a future that will never come, but instead works to anchor himself “in the moment.” Like Lama Rangdröl, he is not ensnared in the debilitating, bitter, polarizing, clichéd “mentality of an angry black man.” And Hancock’s comparison of his egoless listening and nonjudgmental approach as a jazz musician to the Dharma reminds us that Buddhist practice has much in common with the process we associate with creating art, which demands openness to all phenomena. Myokei Caine-Barrett is the head priest and guiding teacher of the Nichiren Buddhist Sangha of Texas in Houston. If we let judgment get in the way of improvising, it always screws us up. I don’t think taking sides suggests that we negate the humanity of everyone else’s position. I’m the only black person in that room and I’m a teacher. It is also said that Buddhism is not about "metaphysics," a word that can mean a lot of things. Rev. It was the first time I had a sense of control in my life.”. Question: As someone who has been an artist–activist all my adult life, my question is: What does engaged Buddhism look like? In some ways, we don’t even have to add the word “Buddhist.” We’re just good people wanting the world to reflect what we feel inside. . That realization, which was systematically expounded by the Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna, leads naturally to the perception of dependent origination. Everything you need is within you; you just have to bring it out. “I can use Buddhist methods,” she said, “to practice Baptist ideals.” This sidestepping of an apparent conflict based on dualistic thinking is made possible because the Dharma—or teachings—is wisdom not monopolized by the cultures of the Far East. It involves what that community means for us and how we support the community with justice and kindness. Other religions Edit Other faiths are practiced in Africa, including Aleyhim , Sikhism , Jainism , Zoroastrianism and … Each conception of “I am,” “I was,” or “I will” is simultaneously a birth. It’s hard for us to see the nonbinary nature of taking sides in which it is actually a wholeness, not a separation. It stands for "People of Color and Allies," and is made up black, Latino, Native American, Asian and white practitioners. “On the one hand we must continually resist the system of segregation—the system which is the basic cause of our lagging standards; on the other hand, we must work constructively to improve the lagging standards which are the effects of segregation. From Buddhism to Baha'i: Black Faith Spreads Across All Religions Most African-Americans have historically embraced Christianity as their religion. If hatred is what’s motivating and propelling me, I’m not able to fight the good fight. Look within! A distinctively “American Buddhism” is in the process of emerging. Learn more about African Americans, including their history, culture, and contributions. (This is for my family, if you’re watching.) It’s not like we ever finally arrive. . Jan Willis, Lama Rangdröl, Mumford, Walker, the Zen teacher Angel Kyodo Williams, and the approximately fifteen thousand black practitioners of Soka Gakkai (Nichiren) Buddhism, who chant chapters of the Lotus Sutra, belong to the first black generation in America to recognize the relevance of the Dharma for the specific historical and existential forms of suffering that are the residue of slavery and racial segregation in a very Eurocentric country; and they believe this practice may satisfy John Lewis’s call for “a revolution of values . https://www.lionsroar.com/power-heart-black-and-buddhist-in-america In this respect, during the Vietnam War all Vietnamese were black. Buddhism, as a major world religion, is practiced in Africa. There, one third of the fifteen hundred inmates convicted of murder, sex offenses, and robbery are on death row or serving sentences of life without parole. A distinctively “American Buddhism” is in the process of emerging. Johnson won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction in 1990, making him the second black American male writer to receive this prize. A practice of mindfulness is mindless if it’s not driven by a value system. One thing that is essential for this spiritual revolution is ahimsa, doing no harm to other sentient beings and ourselves. We are like the Black entertainment Television of Buddhism. But actually it involves the mind, the body, and the heart. What I can see in myself, I can see in you. The first black teacher I met was me. . Black mothers have a higher infant mortality rate and black children are twice as likely as whites to live in a home where no parent has a job. This chapter takes a step toward the theorization of discourses of race and racialization within the American Buddhist context. What does that mean? That human revolution, that inner cleansing, made me see how much I was in charge. Myokei Caine-Barrett: I was raised as a Methodist and I had to go to church every Sunday. Ruth King: The question is a brave one. This conversation that “people are unwilling to have” is obviously one that we must begin if we want young, black American males to no longer be “an endangered species,” as some people have described them, and if we want them to survive in the highly competitive, global, knowledge-driven economies of the twenty-first century. Much of the time it’s either me or you. At our best we’re nonjudgmental. Then again, you may not know us at all. Teijo Munnich in 2015. In breaking down prejudices it leads people to discover that we are all more alike than different, which is the birthplace of true humanity. think like a criminal and one is instantly born as a criminal. He stated that “to be called African American has cultural integrity,” citing groups like Italian Americans and Arab Americans as examples. If we have compassion and peace, it’s natural to want to help the world live in justice and peace. Question: Why was it important for you as black Buddhists to come together? He was taking a side to be here to make that change. A Theravada nun, she has also received dharma transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman of Zen Peacemakers. It’s not just what we think. We are each other’s magnitude and bond.” These insights into reality drive me in my practice, because every day I think, “What am I going to do today to actualize my enlightenment?” The vision is always to try to take my enlightened self forward into each day and encourage other people’s enlightened selves to emerge. The cool thing is that jazz is really a wonderful example of the great characteristics of Buddhism and the great characteristics of the human spirit. Because racial justice is an integral part of a Buddhism. Gathering together and having this documented is proof for all the Buddhist teachers who say there aren’t any black people in their tradition who practice. Jozen Tamori Gibson began formal meditation practice and study in 2004. In 2008, the black male high school graduation rate in Baltimore, Maryland, dropped to 25 percent, was 50 percent in Chicago, and in California ten thousand black students (42 percent) quit school. It’s an effort on both sides. I want you to know that you’re not alone in this exploration. Can you help us? I think that “taking a stand” is an important and valuable alternative to “taking a side,” because taking a stand makes it clear that you want to see a specific positive change, like more truth, transparency, accountability, justice, equity, love, compassion, and discernment. Don’t necessarily expect that you’re going to see the fruit of that. She has been active in prison ministry, and currently supports two sanghas and assorted individuals throughout the Texas prison system. Admit that being nonjudgmental...  is extremely difficult in our society—a society that so often portrays the angry person as a powerful person, and finding fault as a proper intellectual activity that demonstrates our critical acumen, shows our intellectual superiority and, by virtue of that, feeds our egos. Over the past month, over 400,000 readers like you have visited our site, reading almost a million pages and streaming over 120,000 hours of video teachings. Do not rely on anything, Dawa Tarchin Phillips: That is a great question, which deserves a longer answer. Either way, please allow us to re-introduce ourselves: . African Americans, one of the largest ethnic groups in the United States. It tells us that the items and beliefs we hold dear and sacred are meaningless nick knacks or empty sayings you can make into cat memes. The Buddhist practice is not passive. 4 people found this helpful We love our conditioned minds because we’ve been living with them for a very long time and we’re familiar with them. Today Buddhism is becoming increasingly popular in almost every corner of the world, even if the spread still seems to be slower in Africa and the Middle East (except Israel) than in North, Central and South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Ralph Steele, Gretchen Rohr, Lama Rod Owens, Gina Sharpe, Ruth King, Jozen Tamori Gibson, Chimyo Atkinson, Myokei Caine-Barrett. Because Buddhism is a cultural concept, individuals who self-describe as Buddhists may have little knowledge or commitment to Buddhism as a religion or practice; on the other hand, others may be deeply involved in meditation and committed to the Dharma, but may refuse the label "Buddhist". It’s like there’s a certain hunger you can’t touch until you’re in the soup together. “I think the main benefit of meditation for inner-city African Americans,” he added. There was no one who was going to damn or bless me. Sometimes we intervene at the group level and we find people like ourselves. She is also currently bishop of the Nichiren Shu Order of North America. The “sociological and historical forces” Ferguson refers to were also identified as the origin of this contemporary problem a few years ago by Adjoa Aiyetoro, then director of the National Conference of Black Lawyers, who said, “One of the issues we deal with every day is the vestiges of our enslavement, and our post-enslavement in this country has been such that it has beat us down as a people in so many ways.” If there was an essence or eidos for black life during slavery and the seventy years of racial segregation that followed it, that invariant meaning would have to be craving, and the quest for identity and liberty. It’s incumbent upon us to find out where we are. But I also recognize that the insidious stream of this disease plagues us even there. Strength, love, and unity at the first-ever gathering of Buddhist teachers of black African descent. Ruth is the author of The Emotional Wisdom Cards, Healing Rage: Women Making Inner Peace Possible, and her new book, Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out (Sounds True, June 2018). They are millionaires, even billionaires, having earned their wealth in business, sports, and entertainment. It’s the practice of Bodhisattva Jofuku, who says to everyone he meets, even the person who hates him: “I respect you. It’s going to take some effort. —His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In one profile, black Americans appear in every walk of life and profession. We’re not limited to our own liberation. But we can’t intervene in all of it all the time. Then I have to step back and deal with what is rising up in me. After you reach ten thousand hours of practice you begin to let things be, and when you go over ten thousand hours of practice…yeah, now you’re smiling. Thus, in a single day one can be born any number of times in many different forms, since a birth takes place each and every time there arises any form of attachment to the idea of being something. But you have to practice. As the Buddha says in the Kālāma Sūtra. We’re all so deeply connected as humans, and we do have the compassion and the capacity to alleviate each others’ suffering. is impulse control. And it is violence and anger more than anything else that we must “let go.” But we need clear, practical guidelines to do that. . Dr. Jan Willis has been identified as the first black American scholar-practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. In Africa, there’s a religion very much like Buddhism called Ifa. It’s a relational practice. She received her monastic training in Japan and the US. For a Buddhist, this approach of “both/and” as opposed to “either/or” is made possible by the condition of dependent origination, Pratītyasamutpāda, which describes all conditioned phenomena as arising from a concatenation of causes, and this makes all phenomena interdependent and interconnected. It has been described as a kind of evangelical Buddhism which openly seeks converts. But in a different, grim, and depressing portrait, 25 percent of black Americans live in poverty. Doctrines, including Buddhism, are meant to be used. In 2002, forty inmates met four times a year in the prison gym for an intense ten-day course in mindfulness training. Some people want to do a good thing, but they haven’t taken the route of discipline to subdue their own demons. Can I tell you how I really feel, but also maintain a sense of respect and humanity? She is a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Community of Washington and Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and the founder of Mindful Members Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte. You are the Light itself. Sometimes we intervene at the institutional level. So as a short answer: yes, it’s frustrating to work from within, but it’s necessary. Of course African-American can (and quite frequently do) become Buddhists, just as anyone can, whatever race or cultural origin you have. enlightenment as absolute freedom resonated with me because I was someone who had always thought about liberation. During that interview, she asked him, “What led to your decision to bring the Dharma to African Americans?” He replied, “When I discovered that it was possible to avoid becoming ensnared in the mentality of an angry black man by applying Buddhism, I felt I had found a great treasure not just for me but also for resonance in millions of black people’s minds.”, Equally interesting is a 2003 interview in Tricycle with George Mumford, a sports psychologist who teaches vipassana meditation to the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, and who overcame years of drug and alcohol addiction. I don’t like to call it shopping around, but sometimes you know what fits when you walk in the room, and other times, you have to give people a chance. prabhāsvaratā; Tib.’od gsal ba; Ch. 3 African Americans are more religious than whites and Latinos by many measures of religious commitment. We desire to be equal in having an enlightened experience of reality that allows us to see all sides and act with wisdom for the good of the whole. Legal segregation ended a little less than fifty years ago, within living memory for some of us. One in nine black men between the ages of twenty and thirty-four is in prison. Many of them are. . Liberation is impossible if we’re disconnected from others. . They have to do with a lot of sociological and historical forces. The African and African American Proud Black Buddhist Website. We need our practice of Buddhism to figure out how to wisely engage in situations where there’s conflict. If a few moments later one has foolish thoughts, right then one is born as a fool. There needs to be some choicefulness around how we respond to the wackiness that’s in the world. How do we work with the fact that at the ultimate level there’s nonduality, but on the relative level there’s white supremacy and all the other injustices of the world? Clearly, Mr. Hancock does not have an image of himself based on his being in any way “inferior” or a “victim.” Those conceptualizations can poison the mind and the human spirit. It’s also necessary to find our own ways of working so that we can create spaces like what we have created in this room, in which we actually work together and envision another way of being in this society. Buddhist history in the United States has been told along the lines of two parallel trajectories: one that looks at the settlement of Asian immigrant communities, primarily on the coasts, from the eighteenth century onward, and the other that engages … It lets me see my blind spots and how I can help others. Rev. Ralph Steele: It has been lonely for me too. “We must work on two fronts,” he said. Do not go by oral tradition, by lineage of teaching, by hearsay, by a collection of scriptures, by logical reasoning, by inferential reasoning, by reflection on reason, by the acceptance of a view after pondering it, by the seeming competence of a speaker, or because you think, “The ascetic is our teacher.” But when you know for yourselves, “These things are unwholesome, these things are blamable; these things are censured by the wise; these things, if undertaken and practiced, lead to harm and suffering,” then you should abandon them. Courtenaye Lawrence led a group of people in a west African dance called 'Fanga, ' during a celebration of Juneteenth in East Orange today. Hindu prince of southern Nepal. Myokei Caine-Barrett, Shonin: Many of us find ourselves in spaces where we’re not allowed to talk about the suffering of racism. We are now excited to announce that a complementary "Buddhist Practitioners of Color Call to Solidarity for Racial Justice." The weekend was hosted by Lion’s Roar and Union Theological Seminary’s Thich Nhat Hanh Program for Engaged Buddhism, with support from the Hemera Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, and the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation. It’s always been glacial. But we’re complicated beings, and although we may have the best of intentions, we are deeply conditioned by a racist society. My lack of liberation is right here. This begins with the experience of emptiness or the lack of an enduring, separate, immutable, and unchanging essence or substance in everything. Strand, writing for Tricycle (an American Buddhist journal) in 2004, notes that SGI has specifically targeted African-Americans, Latinos and Asians, and other writers have noted that this approach has begun to spread, with Vipassana and Theravada retreats aimed at non-white practitioners led by a handful of specific teachers. COVID-19 has brought tremendous suffering, uncertainty, fear, and strain to the world. Taking sides is a yes to love, rather than a no to you. People can rub themselves against your stand and really learn from your stand, and it isn’t so easily misused. Our artistry is important as cultural medicine. After successful careers in government, the motion picture industry, philanthropy, and law, she cofounded New York Insight Meditation Center in 1997, where she led its People of Color sangha and served as its guiding teacher until 2017. The second door is, Is it necessary? We are each other’s business. Question: Many of our Buddhist communities are still white-dominated. The faintest experience of Nirvana or sunyata—the emptiness at the heart of all things—extinguishes like a candle’s flame the craving and thirst (trishna) described in the First and Second Noble Truths. Twenty-nine leading teachers from across the country gathered in October for the first-ever meeting of black Buddhist teachers. We’re planting seeds all the time. Do not be withholding, but instead generous. I’m convinced that in terms of what we traditionally call “ethics,” the twenty-six-hundred-year-old Dharma of Buddhism must be part of that conversation. These issues are matters that I’ve spent a lifetime thinking about, but for me this is not merely an academic discussion. He takes the side of nonaggression. In some contexts, it can refer to the supernatural, but it isn't necessarily about supernatural things. We take sides and we understand that we must take care of the whole. The style of Buddhist singing that may be most familiar to Americans is Tibetan chanting, which includes a distinctive style of throat singing by trained singers who can produce more than one pitch simultaneously. Ruth King is an insight meditation teacher and emotional wisdom author and life coach. Just in passing, I think it’s important to say that Mumford states that all his uncles were alcoholics and died at a young age. When that’s taken care of, then I’m qualified to fight the good fight. In the Buddhist world, the Ten Precepts are commonly found among many traditions. But they have located a “middle way” between withdrawal from social life, on the one hand, and surrendering to the egoistic pursuit of things cheap, banal, and self-centered, the vulgar hedonism and desire for ephemeral baubles promoted 24/7 by capitalism and America’s adolescent youth culture. Ruth King: Until we come together as a group of black folks, we don’t actually realize what we’ve been missing. Leading African American Buddhist teachers offer lessons on racism, resilience, spiritual freedom, and the possibility of a truly representative American Buddhism. Cultural change comes hard and takes a long time, but nothing short of profound cultural change is essential. Let me try to explain what I mean by that. Gina Sharpe: The answer is yes and yes. It is that kind of essentialism that gives rise to attractions and revulsions, our attachments and clinging, and to prejudices that lead to dukkha. We are constant change, reborn moment by moment. A longtime practitioner in the Theravada tradition, he has been teaching and leading programs since 1987. Even “take sides” sounds from our Western perspective like I’m seeing only my side. A Buddhist center is rare in Detroit. More African-Americans are embracing Buddhism, a sign of hope to some followers striving for greater diversity By Vanessa E. Jones, Globe Staff | … It’s the job of the Buddha’s teachings to challenge assumptions and show you that you have a limited perspective if you think you’re the only one in the right. This first-wave, new generation of black American Buddhists includes in its ranks politicians like Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson, a member of Soka Gakkai International; entertainers such as Tina Turner; and the jazz great Herbie Hancock, who in a 2007 interview for Beliefnet said. “I came to Buddhist practice because I had dukkha, dukkha, dukkha,” said Mumford. If one looks closely one can see some of its elements in the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius; in the Rhineland sermons of Meister Eckhart; in Hume’s critique of the self in A Treatise of Human Nature; in George Washington’s advice on how best to select one’s friends (which echoes the advice offered in the Rhinoceros Sutra); and in the aphorisms the writer Jean Toomer published in his book Essentials and in his 1937 poem “Blue Meridian.” In other words, we only call ourselves “Buddhists” for the sake of convenience in a world attached to labels. We have no nature, no essence, no self, no substance as our identity—and no relation whatsoever to the evil, racist iconography that caricatures black people in popular culture and the national consciousness. She currently serves as Head of Practice at Great Tree Zen Women’s Temple in Alexander, North Carolina. A member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, she led, with Larry Yang, Lila Kate Wheeler, and Rachel Bagby, the most diverse dharma teacher training in Spirit Rock's history, which was completed in September. angel Kyodo williams, Sensei, peers at society, change, love, and justice through the lens of dharma. Something also attractive to black American practitioners is the fact that in its proto-empiricism and with its flavor of phenomenology, early Buddhism rejects any reliance on apta vacana (received opinion) or appeals to an authority. I’ve been very fortunate to have found a welcoming dharma family where I practice, and I’m very grateful for that. If we want young, black American males to no longer be “an endangered species"... the twenty-six-hundred-year-old Dharma of Buddhism must be part of that conversation. | An Excerpt from Taming the Ox. (Beyonce Knowles last December gave her husband, Jay-Z, whose fortune is worth $450 million, the most expensive car in the world, a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport priced at $2 million; a month later Oprah Winfrey premiered her own network, appropriately named OWN; and Kanye West just spent $180,000 for a watch in his own image, which is only slightly less than the $250,000 that rapper Usher paid a New York luxury watch company to create a timepiece with his face on it.) When I see you, I see me. It shows me where I am telling myself all these stories and how I’m living a life that is sabotaging my own liberation. We turn our practice back to ourselves continually, and we get an idea of what we can do that will be fervent and yet effective. I think of Buddhism as psychology more than religion, because it’s a step-by-step process. 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