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The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism has been relentless in its efforts to pioneer Buddhism on new ground. In contributing to the U.S. Mahasangha through the Dharma of racial awareness, the Lenz Foundation grants North American Buddhist Alliance’s American Buddhists for Racial Justice initiative $9,000 in funds.
The mission of NABA’s American Buddhists for Racial Justice initiative is to maintain a multi-lineage, multi-racial infrastructure and a national, online platform that supports, coordinates, and increases visibility of a diverse array of projects – within multiple sanghas and traditions – that focus on racial equity within Buddhist communities and racial justice in the U.S.A.
North American Buddhist Alliance, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that shares Dharma resources across Buddhist traditions, aims to foster inclusive and equitable collaboration, communication, and interaction among Buddhists and Buddhist groups. As a next step, NABA invites all Buddhists across the region to join the blessed opportunities to connect as a larger collective and intentionally organize ourselves on this profound path to liberation. Let us come together in a Mahasangha that is truly inclusive and through this call to justice we heal, discover and, bridge, thus manifesting a fuller expression of the Buddhadharma.
The Dharma is a path of freedom, not just for each of us individually, but for all of us collectively.
Throughout the Buddha's teachings, we may find signposts guiding us toward liberation, such as the Bodhisattva vows, the first of which is the promise to liberate all sentient beings, innumerable as we are.
Block // Build // Be: a Path to Collective Liberation
At Buddhist Peace Fellowship, we follow the Block // Build // Be model as our journey guide:
We need all three of these strategies for change to happen -- Block Build and Be -- and we’re interested in finding ways they can support each other, not be in opposition.
Breaking it down through the Block Build Be lens, we'll examine how our spiritual practice can support us in building peace in the world, and we'll get rigorous about putting our dharma into action.
NABA offers monthly opportunities for POC Buddhists for racial justice to gather. This multi-lineage container provides nourishment, solidarity-building, probes into larger questions, and action-oriented committees couched on the teachings of the Buddha. These calls are consistent gatherings where POC Buddhists for racial justice across North America may be relieved of the burden of having to explain racism to others and simply be accepted, as together we explore justice issues and resolutions in our personal and global spheres. POC Buddhists across traditions have something unique to offer race relations at micro and macro levels too.
Regular calls every 3rd Tuesday of the month
starting at 11 AM PDT / 2 PM EDT.
The next call will be April 18th.
Register for upcoming 2018 calls here:
March 20 -- Peace and Social Action.
April to December
NABA's White Affinities Group is committed to continue its monthly space to talk about the work we're doing to end white supremacy and work for racial justice,
whether that's in our sanghas, in the U.S. and beyond --
what we are learning, what the challenges are, and how this connects with our Buddhist practice.
Our hope is that this kind of space could support and strengthen people's local organizing rather than taking away from it.
NABA provides a unique opportunity to connect across Buddhist lineages and across geographic regions.