Asian Americans Under Attack:
How would the Buddha respond?
The recent rise in attacks on Asian Americans has sparked fear and tremendous anger in our communities. These attacks have also renewed Asian Americans’ search for our social, cultural, and political identities. While many Asian Americans identify as Buddhist, some lack access to Buddhist teachings and opportunities for individual and collective practice. We offer this program to create a space for Asian American Buddhists to explore Buddhism’s unique, effective, and powerful approach to issues such as racial discrimination and violence: we will not fight hatred with hatred.
In this virtual meeting, a panel of Asian American speakers will explore topics such as:
- What might be some Buddhist approaches to raising awareness about discrimination against Asian Americans?
- How can the Dharma support Asian Americans, including the Millenials and Gen Z, in dealing with the difficult emotions arising from anti-Asian bias and discrimination?
- How can the Dharma support young Asian Americans and provide opportunities to explore and apply Buddhism in ways that are relevant to them?
- How can we as Buddhists address social justice issues through meditation, practice, collective action, and the programs we offer at our centers?
This event is for people of Asian descent as well as friends and allies of all races who are interested in exploring these questions together. Our speakers will all be people of Asian descent who are connected with the practice of Tibetan Buddhism in particular. There is a long history of discrimination against people of Asian descent in the U.S., and we recognize that this history and how it impacts our members and communities in the Tibetan Buddhist traditions have rarely been discussed in public events. We hope that this event will serve as a beginning of increased, open discussions in the service of compassion, healing and inclusivity. In addition to four brief presentations by our speakers, there will also be time for questions and comments.
Ven. Losang Tendrol, Emily Hsu, sujatha baliga, Tenzin Woden
Event Moderator: Jennifer Kim