Our Response to Systemic Racism

The Insight Dialogue Community stands with the Black Lives Matter movement and their commitment to “imagining and creating a world free of anti-Blackness, where every Black person has the social, economic, and political power to thrive.”

We stand with our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities to bring an end to systemic racism in the U.S. and across the world.

As an evolving, global, multi-racial community dedicated to spiritual freedom, we recognize that our awakening and liberation is linked to the liberation of all beings, and that there is no peace without justice for all. 

During these times of COVID pandemic highlighting grave physical, emotional, and economic suffering, we acknowledge the disproportionate harm to BIPOC communities caused by systemic racism.  

To engage relational Dhamma practice as a whole-life path, we commit first to unravel our own racial conditioning and work towards decolonizing our hearts, minds, and sangha. With this overarching intent, we ask that each of us, and all of us together, commit to doing the essential work: to educate ourselves, to act for racial justice, to hear and learn from people who identify as BIPOC, and to work to de-center and dismantle white supremacy culture. 

We can use the relational base of our practice to aim and amplify this essential, difficult and heart opening work.

We commit to:

  1. Support ongoing racial awareness training for all of our teachers and facilitators. This would include integrating the curriculum of the Awakening White Awareness Cohort into relevant offerings from the Insight Dialogue teaching community. (This curriculum engages white-identified Insight Dialogue practitioners in the contemplation of racial injustice and antiracism.) 
  2. Direct teacher resources and dana to facilitate BIPOC practice opportunities in non-white spaces and to support BIPOC engagement as Insight Dialogue facilitators and teachers.
  3. Active outreach and financial support for the Insight Dialogue BIPOC retreat to be held at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in August 2021.
  4. Undertake antiracist practices across our community, including all sangha gatherings, Insight Dialogue retreats, and organizational structures.  
  5. Gather and allocate necessary resources for the immediate formation of an Insight Dialogue Community team dedicated to antiracism education and action to follow through on these commitments. 

The Dhamma invites us onto an ennobling path that supports deeper collective wisdom and compassion for all beings. Our relational understanding of these teachings and the practice of Insight Dialogue provide a means by which we can become more aware of and increasingly  liberated from our ignorance and biases, in all their forms, and the harm they produce. We understand that individual awakening, interpersonal compassion, and systemic equity and harmony are deeply interconnected and require wise action at all levels.

May our wholesome cultivation of relational practice be of service to all beings without exception. May all beings know justice and peace. 

This statement is offered as a collaboration of many voices of the Insight Dialogue Community.