Can We Talk? Conversations About Race and Diversity

with Ben Hines

April 3rd—May 1st (2017)

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    Program Registration is Closed.


    Being brave together on a ground of love, friendship, trust and honesty, Can We Talk? is a series of five discussion evenings by leaders and members of the Seattle Shambhala meditation community about Race and Diversity.

    Here are some key questions:

    • “What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless yet is deeply divided by race?
    • As Shambhala offers a vision of enlightened society, how is that vision healing and restorative to race relations? Can we acknowledge and welcome the basic goodness of all in all skin colors? ... take the attitude of “all of us, or none of us?”
    • What can we do, regardless of our skin color, to create a color-brave world?

    Enlightened society starts with me and you, the two of us doing personal work of understanding and insight.

    Envisioned are five evening discussions based on video and book excerpts. Some source material will be provided. Some of the topics to be considered:

    1. Identity (Who invented White People?)
    2. Systemic Racialisation
    3. White Fragility/White Privilege and what it means
    4. The view: “Race is a fiction; Racism is not.” The vision of a post-racist society
    5. What white people can do (“be color brave, not color blind”)

    Please RSVP to Janet Bass, Assistant to the Shastris ([email protected]) if you will attend the evening discussions. Note: No drop-ins on the evenings following the first evening will be accepted without prior approval. Please email Ms. Bass for approval.

    Location: Seattle Shambhala Center, 3107 E Harrison St, Seattle.