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Asian Americans Under Attack: How would the Buddha respond?

Presented by Tara Buddhist Center at ONLINE, Nashville TN

Aug 15 2021
Asian Americans Under Attack: How would the Buddha respond?

Asian Americans Under Attack: How would the Buddha respond?

The recent rise in attacks on Asian Americans has sparked fear and tremendous anger in our communities. These attacks have also renewed Asian Americans’ search for our social, cultural, and political identities. While many Asian Americans identify as Buddhist, some lack access to Buddhist teachings and opportunities for individual and collective practice. We offer this program to create a space for Asian American Buddhists to explore Buddhism’s unique, effective, and powerful approach to issues such as racial discrimination and violence: we will not fight hatred with hatred.

In this virtual meeting, a panel of Asian American speakers will explore topics such as:
• How can we raise awareness about discrimination against Asian Americans?
• How can we support young Asian Americans and provide opportunities for studying Buddhism relevant for them?
• How can we support Asian Americans, including the Millenials and Gen Z, in dealing with the difficult emotions arising from anti-Asian bias and discrimination?
• How can we as Buddhists address social justice issues through our meditation and practice and the programs we offer at our centers?
• What might be some Buddhist approaches to raising awareness about discrimination against Asian Americans?
• How can the Dharma support Asian Americans, including the younger generation, in dealing with the difficult emotions arising from anti-Asian bias and discrimination?
• How can Buddhist Centers support the younger generation of Asian Americans and provide opportunities for studying Buddhism relevant for them?
• How can we as Buddhists address social justice issues through our meditation and practice and the programs we offer at our centers?

This event is for people of Asian descent as well as friends and allies of all races who are interested in exploring these questions together.  Our speakers will all be people of Asian descent who are connected with the practice of Tibetan Buddhism in particular.  There is a long history of discrimination against people of Asian descent in the U.S., and we recognize that this history and how it impacts our members and communities in the Tibetan Buddhist traditions have rarely been discussed in public events.  We hope that this event will serve as a beginning of increased, open discussions in the service of compassion, healing and inclusivity.  In addition to four brief presentations by our speakers, there will also be time for questions and comments.

Speakers:
Venerable Losang Tendrol
The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Ani Losang Tendrol was the only Asian American at the private school she attended from the first to the twelfth grade. The feeling of being marginalized eventually led her to Buddhism, and she took getsul ordination in 2008. She has served as Spiritual Program Coordinator for Guhyasamaja Center and has taught Discovering Buddhism and other classes at Guhyasamaja Center and at Do Ngak Kunphen Ling in Connecticut.

Emily Hsu
Emily has been leading Dharma classes since 2006, after graduating from the seven-year Masters Program of Buddhist Sutra and Tantra and completing a ten month solitary retreat. She served as the resident teacher for Ocean of Compassion Buddhist Center until 2016, and since then has been splitting her time between teaching in various Dharma centers and doing meditation retreats.

Tenzin Woden
Tenzin Woden is one of the co-founders of Online Tibetan Education (OTE) which began in 2011 as an initiative to promote and preserve the Tibetan Buddhism, language and culture amongst Tibetan youth in the diasporic community. She strives to be an active members of her community in order to stay rooted to her Tibetan identity in the western world. She’s also passionate about the environment which she pursues in her day time career as an environmental engineer.

sujatha baliga
sujatha baliga’s work is characterized by an equal dedication to crime survivors and people who’ve caused harm. A former victim advocate and public defender, speaks publicly and inside prisons about her own experiences as a survivor of child sexual abuse and her path to forgiveness. Her personal and research interests include the forgiveness of seemingly unforgivable acts, survivor-led movements, restorative justice’s potential impact on racial disparities in our legal systems, and Buddhist approaches to conflict transformation. She’s a member of the Gyuto Foundation in Richmond, CA, where she leads meditation on Monday nights. She was named a 2019 MacArthur Fellow.

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