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Nov 21, 2012

Buddhist ‘people of color sanghas,’ address conflicts about race among meditators

Jaweed Kaleem, Huffington Post: They came from near and far on a Monday night last month for an unusual gathering in the city’s chic Capitol Hill neighborhood, a place known for its vibrant restaurants, art galleries and gay bars, not for its diversity. They were nervous, confused and a bit scared. Should they — seven women of African-American, Native American and Asian descent — even be here?

None of them would use the same words to describe their race, but they were united around the colors of their skin. They entered a small church hall, sat in a circle, closed their eyes and …

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Bodhipaksa

May 09, 2012

Gandharan Buddha seated in meditation, Seattle Asian Art Museum

Another Greco-Indian statue from Gandhara.

Notice the beautiful carved base, which itself contains three Buddha figures along with attendants.

Bodhipaksa

May 08, 2012

Buddha image, Seattle Buddhist Center

I took this detail of a Tibetan Thangka painting on my iPhone at the Seattle Buddhist Center just before doing a workshop on the Satipatthana Sutta with the men’s sangha there tonight.

Last night I gave a talk and led a meditation at the Buddha Day celebrations, where we commemorate the Buddha’s enlightenment.