Racial Literacy and Dharma Monthly Book Club – next meeting: Thursday March 22

6:00 – 8:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: this month we will be meeting at a member’s home due to conflicts at the Zendo.  Please contact Dojin if you are planning to attend for details (

All people are raised with cultural conditioning around race. If we were raised in the U.S., and especially if we identify as “white” or “European-descended,” our conditioning tends to include a value for colorblindness, which can make it difficult for to acknowledge, let alone investigate, our racial biases. This book group is intended to expand our racial literacy, as Micheal Eric Dyson puts it, to develop a more intimate understanding together of racial oppression and the suffering it causes across color lines in the U.S., and to engage this as our practice in Zen of turning towards suffering as the gate of awakening and liberation.

Pre-registration for the group is requested each month, so that everyone can have the page assignments, articles, and to consider the agreements before each meeting.

To register, or for more information please email:

Facilitated by: Hoka Chris Fortin, Dojin Sarah Emerson and Korin Charlie Pokorny

All three of the teachers facilitating the group identify as white, U.S. citizens, and Zen Buddhist priests. We understand the limitations of our experiences in relation to race, and strive to bring cultural humility to our facilitation of these groups.


Next Month:

Meeting is THURSDAY 3/22 at member’s home (see above)

Book: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

and instead of an article, we are asking members to watch the film

“I Am Not Your Negro”


Previous Months:

- February

Book: Waking Up White by Peggy Irving

It was decided by the January group that going forward we will read one book per month, so beginning in Feb. and going forward we will read the whole book for each meeting.

-January: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

-December 13: Tears We Cannot Stop: a Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson pages 123-end
article: “We’re Still Here”
-November/December: Tears We Cannot Stop: a Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

November 8: pages 1-123

and article: “Waking Up to Whiteness” by Greg Snyder