Hate crimes against members of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have increased dramatically. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has especially affected members of AAPI communities as a result of their work in low-wage sectors of the economy or health care. Further, the recent murders in Atlanta serve as sorrowful reminders of the violence and misogyny faced by many Asian American women in particular.
Accordingly, the GBZC Persons of Color sitting group would like to share two sets of resources with the broader sangha. First, here are some action steps that anyone might take in response to the harms and suffering that members of AAPI communities may be experiencing. These were compiled by the San Francisco Zen Center; taking just any one step may meaningfully benefit the life of another. Second, here is a set of articles from Tricycle magazine to open up reflection about the unique intersections and divides among Asian, Asian American, and white convert Buddhist traditions. For over 2500 years of history, it has largely been Asians and Asian Americans who have served as stewards of the dharma, providing our sangha with much of its heritage today. These and other articles provide important food for thought regarding our own practices and the gratitude we might express for this gift that belongs to all.
Finally, the next meeting of the Persons of Color sitting group will be on April 19, 2021 at 7:00pm. In order to spark conversation about some of the topics above, we will be discussing From “Just Culture” to a Just Culture by Cristina Moon. However, no prior reading of the text is required. Drop-ins are absolutely welcome. For full instructions, see here.
Vincent Cho & James Peregrino
Leaders of GBZC POC Sitting Group