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In light of 2017 series of
revelations about male sexual harassment and assault, I reflect.
I wonder if I would have abetted, confronted, or cooperated with Harvey Weinstein or any of the very powerful men who used their positions in harmful ways?
Would I have resisted passively while attempting to maintain surface harmony?
Would I have spoken up (whether heard or not is another matter) about or against locker room sexual innuendos, the good old boys network, or misogyny?
Would I as a Buddhist chock it up to karma when I see a woman crying in the bathroom after a power-over encounter?
I don't know that I would have been brave enough to stand out and say something, to confront the ramifications of confronting those of high stature, or to prevent name-calling the said Scarlett in social circles?
I now realize how cowardly I am, and my Buddhist training thus far supports me so.
I'm not even courageous enough to shout and claim "#MeToo"!
Is there a safe place in the greater Buddhist sangha or a Buddhist community for someone like me to grow, for a victim to tell her story without having to wait
Is there a place for learning and teaching among students of Buddhist texts to examine confounding portrayals of women and the real life allegations about men?
Is there a place of support for victims who are made to feel like outliers, questioning constantly, “Am I the one who is the problem?”
NABA would like to
be some of the above named "places", grounded in the Dharma, common sense, and empathy.
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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.