Racism awareness group begins Aug. 25th; RSVP for interest meeting

Please read below for details, and email Laurie Nusbaum (laurie.nusbaum@gmail.com) if you would like to be notified about the interest meeting. For this first iteration, this practice-study group is intended for people who have an existing relationship to the Boulder Zen Center.

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, we have wanted to create the opportunity within our Sangha to look at the issue of race and racism as it exists in our current world, and as it relates to each of us and our practice. This post is to let everyone know about the first of what we hope will be many Study Groups of this kind. The intent of the group is to provide a safe environment in which we work toward a deeper understanding of ourselves first, so that we can support needed societal change from a place of honesty and clarity.

This first group will meet beginning in late August. We will follow the curriculum that has been established by the nonprofit organization “White Awake,” an offshoot of the Insight Meditation Society (https://whiteawake.org/about/). To borrow from their website: “Alongside externally focused social engagement—activism, civil disobedience, electoral politics, solidarity organizing, and all other ways we are called to meet the pressing demands of our time—each of us is tasked with the work of untangling truth from lies, uncovering hidden stories, and purifying our hearts. It is this work of education, spiritual healing, and building culture that White Awake is designed to support as part of a larger, integrated movement for healthy social change.”

The group will be co-facilitated by Matt Zepelin, Amy Robertson, and Laurie Nusbaum. It will meet in 6 sessions over a 12-week period. Each session will begin with a short meditation, followed by dialogue based on resources made available by White Awake. Our initial plan is to meet from 2 pm – 4 pm on Sunday afternoons according to this calendar:

August 25th

September 8th

September 22nd

October 6th

October 13th

October 27th

We will ask for a commitment from each participant to attend all 6 sessions (except in case of unavoidable prior obligation), and to do a brief homework assignment, in most cases reading an article, in preparation for each session.

With this, we invite those who feel drawn to be in this group and who feel they can make the commitment to let us know of your interest. Once we have heard from people, we will schedule a meeting to discuss details more fully. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the website, so that you have a good understanding of what the Study Group entails. Please let us know of your interest by emailing Laurie (laurie.nusbaum@gmail.com) by Sunday, July 21st.