You can join the Shambhala Network here (username/password required). Search in existing Groups for “Diversity” and see what conversations are happening. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, start your own group! Then, put a notice in the Sangha Announce group asking people to join in the discussion.
The purpose of Diversity-talk listserv is to provide a forum for sharing information about diversity activities and issues in Shambhala. Center and Group diversity contact persons and other sangha members who are interested in fostering a more open, inclusive and diverse Shambhala are encouraged to subscribe to this list. Notices concerning diversity programs at local centers, requests for help with center diversity initiatives, and discussion of diversity issues in Shambhala are appropriate for this list.
People of Color
The purpose of the People-of-color listserv is to provide a forum for people of color in Shambhala to communicate with each other. People of African, Asian/Pacific, Caribbean/Latin American, Middle Eastern, and Native American ancestry are invited to subscribe to this list. The list can be used to contact people of color Shambhala Buddhist teachers, meditation instructors, and guides for help with practice and study matters; to exchange information about gatherings, outreach initiatives, meditation retreats, mentoring, and scholarships for people of color in Shambhala; and to provide support and encouragement to people of color on the Shambhala Buddhist path.
Note: most of the files on this page are in PDF format.
Classes on the Feminine Principle
Summary Report of Shambhala Diversity Alliance Interviews
Shambhala Aspirations on Diversity, Accessibility and Compassionate Conduct
Notes on Diversity and Accessibility [by Dan Hessey]
People of Color in Shambhala – Remarks by Shambhala President Richard Reoch
Recommendations for Improving Diversity and Accessibility
Recommendations for Cultivating a Globally Diverse Mandala
Resources for Improving Diversity and Accessibility
Second Annual Report on Diversity in Shambhala (2008) (Color)
Diversity Training in Shambhala Buddhism
Contemplation and Dialogue on Diversity
Diversity and The Warrior’s Heart [by Linda G. Francis]
Precepts: Turning the Mind Towards Practices In Diversity [by Larry Yang]
Diversity Quotations: Words Beyond Bias
Checklist for Translation Work A check list that could help you to make a program available to non-English speakers.
Diversity Practitioner Survey Results
Diversity Contact Persons
North American People of Color Scholarship Fund
Shambhala Translation Committee Coordinators Contact information for Shambhala Translation Committee Coordinators
Al-budd and Muslim Me [by Masood Cajee] Turning Wheel, Summer 2006, p. 15-19.
Being with What Is: Teaching Meditation to People with Chronic Pain and Disabilities [by Naomi Weisman] in Turning Wheel, Spring 2005, p. 23-25.
Borderlands [by Caitriona Reed] Turning Wheel, Summer 2005, p. 23-25.
Buddhism and the Body Problem: A Historical Perspective on African American Buddhists [by Lori Pierce] Turning Wheel, Summer 2003, p. 20-22, 30.
Buddhism is the Most Radical and Civilized Choice [by John Malkin]
Center of Your Mandala [by Pema Chödrön]
Elegant Reception Celebrates Diversity [The DOT article]
El Latinismo y sus Bellos Colores: Voices of Latina and Latino Buddhists [compiled by Rosa Zubizarreta] Turning Wheel, Spring 2001, p. 18-25.
Exploring Bias, Racism, and Diversity – Baltimore Shambhala Center [by Linda Gail Francis] in The Dot: The Quarterly Newspaper of Shambhala, Autumn 2007, Vol 5, No 2., page 4.
Going Beyond Bias [by Sangyum Agness Au]
Going Beyond Bias [The DOT article]
I Am Old [by Lee Lipp] Turning Wheel, Winter 2005, p. 25.
I Vow To Be Diversity [by Bernie Glassman]
Mindfulness and the Beloved Community [by Charles Johnson] Turning Wheel, Summer 2003, p. 37-42.
Northern California Shambhala People of Color Retreat [DOT article]
On American Sanghas and Race Relations [Albert Kutchins] Turning Wheel, Summer 1992, p. 4-5.
Partaking in Diversity [by Marvin Robinson]
People of Color Retreat – New York Shambhala Center [by Mabinti Dennis] The Dot: The Quarterly Newspaper of Shambhala, Autumn 2007, Vol 5, No 2., p. 25.
Pouring Water into Water [by Rita Gross] Turning Wheel, Spring 1999, p. 17-20.
Racial Diversity in American Buddhism [by Kate Dugan & Hilary Bogert]
Racial Diversity in American Buddhism Bibliography
Reaching Out to Diverse Populations [OUTREACH article]
Something Has to Change: Blacks in American Buddhism [by Lawrence Pintak]
Stories We Have Yet to Hear: The Path to Healing Racism in American Sanghas [by Mushim Ikeda-Nash]
The Heart of Fundamentalism [Tenzin Sherab] Turning Wheel, Fall 1995, p. 24-25.
Time For Us All To Come Out [Joanna Macy and Susan Moon interview Caitriona Reed]. Turning Wheel, Spring 1999, p. 21-23.
Where Does the Calling Come From [by Thomas B. Coburn]
Why We Need People of Color Programs in Shambhlala [by Charlene Leung, Chairperson of the Shambhala Diversity Working Group and member of the Sakyong’s Council]
Widening Our Circle: Being an Ally to People with Chronic Illnesses [by Diana Lion] Turning Wheel, Summer 2007.
Widening the Circle: Black Communities and Western Buddhist Convert Sanghas [by Sharon Smith]
Working with Diversity: Perspectives from Shambhala Buddhist Teachers.
Youth and Buddhist Activism [by Swan Keyes] Turning Wheel, Fall 2002, p. 1
To see photos of the Diversity Reception and read a report on the event, please visit the Diversity Photo Gallery (coming soon).
The following links provide access to additional diversity resources that can support diversity work: additional links, articles, books, glossaries, other groups, diversity training materials, diversity trainers, diversity retreats, ideas, and much more-if you are willing to search the sites to find them.
Active Compassion The purpose of the Baltimore Shambhala Center’s Active Compassion Conference, Going Beyond Bias, (attended by a diverse group of more than 80 participants from as far away as California and Canada), was to explore bias, racism and diversity. This site contains conference information, photos and more.
The American Institute for Managing Diversity Inc. AIMD is a nonprofit diversity think tank that works to strengthen both communities and institutions by advancing the diversity dialogue. http://aimd.org/
BAFA, BAFA. BaFa’BaFa’ builds awareness of how cultural differences can profoundly impact people in an organization; motivates participants to rethink their behavior and attitude toward others; allows participants to examine their own bias and focus on how they perceive differences; examines how stereotypes are developed, barriers created, and misunderstandings magnified; identifies diversity issues within an organization that must be addressed. This simulation makes participants personally aware of the issues around culture differences. Available at: http://www.simulationtrainingsystems.com/schools-charities/bafa.html
The Center for Nonviolent Communication. A global organization helping people connect compassionately with themselves and one another through Nonviolent Communications, a process created by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D. http://www.cnvc.org
The Center for the Study of White American Culture. A multicultural organization that supports cultural exploration and self-discovery among white Americans. It encourages a dialogue among all racial and cultural groups concerning the role of white American culture in the larger American society. The Center operates on the premise that knowledge of one’s own racial background and culture is essential when learning how to relate to people of other racial and cultural groups. http://www.euroamerican.org
Dharma Women. The Buddhist Council of the Midwest, a multi-sangha organization, has held an annual Buddhist women’s conference for three years now. The fourth is scheduled for March 7, 2009. All three conferences to date have included Shambhalians as keynote or plenary panel speakers: Acharya Judith Simmer Brown; Sangyam Agness Au; and Rita Gross, author of “Buddhism After Patriarchy.” http://www.dharmawomen.org/
The Diversity Factor Language Guide. This book represents what we have learned about communicating the dynamics of oppression. The language of diversity makes people uncomfortable. Words like discrimination, oppression, dominance, subordination, heterosexism, racism or male privilege often cause negative reactions. When people speak these words, others begin to focus on what it means for them. It is easier to become defensive, argue the meaning or ignore these interactions than it is to learn how the language of diversity affects others and impacts all our lives. http://diversityfactor.rutgers.edu/lang_guide1.jsp
Diversity Leadership Forum. The DLF comprises diverse individuals, organizations, and institutions across all identity groups, who are committed to collaboration and development of the field of diversity. The Resource page of this site has web links for: Ability, Affirmative Action, Aging, American Indian/Alaska Native, Arab-American/Muslim, Arts, Asian American, Biracial/Bicultural, Black/African-American, Consultants, Cultural Competency, Diversity Books, Education, Employment Opportunities, European Culture, Government, Health Care, International/Global Diversity, Jewish, Latino/Chicano/Hispanic and more. Available at: http://www.diversityleadershipforum.org/Resources.asp
Diversity Resources. This site contains a broad selection of books, videos, diversity catalogs, training materials, websites, diversity calendars, magazines, and periodicals. http://www.state.fl.us/dms/hrm/diverse/resources.html
The Diversity Training Group. DTG features lively, interactive workshops; comprehensive solutions; methods and resources for organizational change. Check out its store. http://diversitydtg.com/
DiversityWeb. This site is designed to serve campus practitioners seeking to place diversity at the center of the academy’s educational and societal mission. Available at: http://www.diversityweb.org/
Healing Rage. Healing Rage, Bridges, Branches and Braids offers an opportunity for women to experience the power and wisdom of rage. At http://healingrage.com
Interfaith Dialogue. Anyone interested in interfaith dialogue might want to keep this site as a neutral reference. It is a site for understanding the basics of most religions, and denominations within them. http://www.interfaithdialog.org/
Latino Dharma Link: The link, which was offered by Maria Delores Dias, provides access to the Dharma for Spanish speaking people. http://www.dharmaentuidioma.com/
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgenderism in the Buddhist World. Providing Information and Resources on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgenderism in the Buddhist Community. This site has links to over 50 LGBT organizations, groups and websites. Available at: http://nichirenscoffeehouse.net/Les-bi-gay.html
Multicultural Toolkit (Toolkit for Cross-Cultural Collaboration). The Toolkit discusses barriers to cross-cultural collaboration and provides methods for assessing and improving communication patterns and cultural competence on an organizational basis and on an individual basis. Don’t forget to browse the bibliography. Available at: http://www.awesomelibrary.org/multiculturaltoolkit.html
National Coalition Building Institute. The National Coalition Building Institute is an international, non-profit, leadership training organization. Since 1984, NCBI has worked to eliminate racism and all other forms of prejudice and discrimination throughout the world. The NCBI approach to diversity training: Provide a positive approach that helps people look at what they have in common and how assumptions and stereotypes arise out of confusion but influence actions. NCBI offers one-day workshops that are a series of exercises that open up the potential for honest communication and acknowledge how all of us are hurt and hindered by other people’s assumptions about us. http://www.ncbi.org
The Pluralism Project at Harvard documents the contours of multi-religious societies. Explore new forms of interfaith engagement, and study the impact of religious diversity in civic life. http://www.pluralism.org/index.php
Nuevo Pema en Espanol. New Spanish language content to Pema’s site at http://www.shambhala.org/teachers/pema
The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB), The People’s Institute is recognized as one of the foremost anti-racism training and organizing institutions in the nation. In a 2002 Aspen Institute survey of eleven top racial justice organizations, five credited The People’s Institute with having the most effective anti-racist analysis. http://www.pisab.org/
QueerDharma. QueerDharma is a safe space for our LGBTQ community to gather, listen, discuss, and encourage Buddhist meditation practice and spiritual growth. By cultivating a network of queer practitioners, we can study and play together, foster relationships, spread wakefulness, and develop confidence in our basic goodness. http://www.queerdharma.org/
Racial Diversity Training. This site features a variety of “racial vignettes” – descriptions of problematic interactions between white people and people of color. http://www.learningdiversity.com/index.htm
Provisions Library. Provisions is an experimental arena where broad and diverse audiences, cultures and ideas intersect, sparking new possibilities for enacting peace, justice, sustainability, social responsibility and respect for the diversity of life: Cultural Diversity, Feminisms, Gender & Identity, Indigenous Cultures, Peace & Pacifism, Race and Ethnicity, Sexuality, Work & Class, Youth Activism and much more! http://www.provisionslibrary.org/index.php
Socially Engaged Buddhism Resources. This site is maintained as a joint collaboration between DharmaNet International and Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Provides more than 70 links to online Buddhist resources for those wanting to become socially engaged in these areas and more: Addictions treatment, prisons, hospice, women, education, gay and lesbians, peace and human rights and much more. http://www.dharmanet.org/engaged.html
Lama Rangdrol is the only African-American teacher of Buddhism recognized by the First Conference of Tibetan Buddhist Centers in North and South America, convened by the Office of Tibet and attended by the Dalai Lama. He was honored as a special invited guest to the Dalai Lama’s teachings on “World Peace Through Inner Peace” in Miami, Florida. http://www.rainbowdharma.com/ http://www.rainbowdharmainternational.com/
Spirit Rock: “It Takes A Sangha: Diversity Practice at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.” by William Poy Lee, http://www.meditation-center.org/html/diversity_it-takes-a-sangha.html
Spirit Rock: Making the Invisible Visible: Healing Racism in Our Buddhist Communities. People of Color and their European American allies have been trying to get the attention of the teachers and sangha members in order to face the underlying racism in our society at large and its manifestation within our Sangha. http://www.spiritrock.org/download/Making%20the%20Invisible%20Visible.pdf
The Talking Circle Initiative: Listening and Speaking from the Heart. A practice for working with many issues in our community. Available at: http://www.shambhala.org/congress/adv-circles/talkingcircleinitiative.html
Tucson Anti-Racism and Diversity Resource Directory. This new resource includes programs and organizations that work to combat racism, suggested activities and events, and books, magazines, and films that are available to individuals who want to take additional steps to learn more and to become active in the fight against racism. Available at: http://www.ywcatucson.org/ardir/media.html#ageism
Turning Wheel, The Journal of Socially Engaged Buddhism. The following back issues of “Turning Wheel” are $7 for the first issue, $5 for each additional issue (up to 10), and $3 for each issue after 10 (includes postage and handling). To order, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510/655-6169.
Visions provides multicultural services in the areas of consultation and training, organizational assessment, program planning and development, executive coaching, technical assistance, research and evaluation, and psychotherapy. http://www.visions-inc.com
The Windhorse Institute. The institute teaches skills to help you achieve positive outcomes in conflict situations. The skills are based on the principles of Courageous Communication, an approach developed by Windhorse Institute founder Trime Persinger. Available at: http://www.windhorseinstitute.org
Diversity is an integral part of enlightened society
The Shambhala People of Color Scholarship Fund aims to benefit the community by cultivating leaders, teachers, and active participants who will support People of Color along the path and contribute to building a more diverse Shambhala society.