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Buddhists Responding – Four Part Series on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Empty Field ~ Zen West and Corvallis Zen Circle sanghas have come together to ask these questions:  How do we as Buddhists meet the current social climate of divisiveness and fear between differing group identities based in class, race, gender among others? Given our teachings on the harmony of sameness and difference, how do we address the suffering caused by these historical inequities into our own personal practice of the precepts as well as our sangha organizations?

If you share these concerns and are interested in constructive change, please join us for any workshop in a four part integrative series. Interactive workshops will be led by long time DRZC practitioner and organizational leader, Thomas Bruner with Bruner Strategies.

The Corvallis Friends are graciously allowing us to use their Meeting House for this event.

In This Next Workshop:

  • Addressing bias based on gender and sexual orientation

The format will include facilitator presentation, reflection and conversation through group exercises and action planning.

Suggested Donation: $20-$40 (No one will be turned away for lack of funds)

You are welcome to attend a single workshop or join us for all four events which are scheduled throughout 2017.

The final retreat date is:

November 5th

If you would like to be added to the “Buddhists Responding” email list, a google forum for Empty Field ~ Zen West activities and education in support of social and environmental justice, please email us: zenwesteugene@gmail.com


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