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Ann Gleig

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300215809

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300215809.001.0001

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The Dukkha of Racism

The Dukkha of Racism

Racial Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice Work

(p.139) Five The Dukkha of Racism
American Dharma

Ann Gleig

Yale University Press

This chapter examines some of the main features of diversity and inclusion work through a case study of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (DC) (IMCW). It considers the main pragmatic and hermeneutic strategies by which diversity and inclusion initiatives are legitimated within Buddhist thought and practices at IMCW as well as the opposition such work has faced from many of its overwhelmingly white, middle-class and upper-middle-class members. Then, it considers how the work at IMCW reflects shifts around racial diversity and white privilege in the wider Insight community. The chapter concludes by exploring the significance of racial justice and diversity work in terms of the status and unfolding of Buddhist modernism in the United States.

Keywords:   racial diversity, inclusion, white privilege, IMCW, Buddhism, North American Buddhists, racial justice, Buddhist modernism

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