Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Resources at Tara Mandala

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Resources


The following list has been compiled from a variety of sources and is updated continually, as a living document. It is by no means complete nor exhaustive. We welcome any suggestions for inclusions on this page.

Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit by Mary-Frances Winters

My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo & Michael Eric Dyson

Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

A Terrible Thing To Waste: Environmental Racism And Its Assault On The American Mind by Harriet A. Washington

From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America by Elizabeth Hinton

Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor  by Virginia Eubanks

The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale

Blackballed: The Black Vote and U.S. Democracy by Darryl Pinckney

Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class by Ian Haney López

Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology by Deirdre Cooper Owens

Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination by Alondra Nelson

Erasing Institutional Bias by Dr. Tiffany Jana, DM

Black Buddha: Changing the Face of American Buddhism by Lama Choyin Rangdrol

Angela Davis: An Autobiography by Angela Davis

Black Looks: Race and Representation Loving Blackness as Political Resistance” by Bell Hooks

The Trauma of Caste: A Dalit Feminist Meditation on Survivorship, Healing, and Abolition by Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Kakuyo, Alex Perfectly Ordinary

Yetunde, Pamela Ayo & Giles, Cheryl Black and Buddhist

Wade, Breeshia Grieving While Black

Owens, Lama Rod Love and Rage

Ward, Larry America’s Racial Karma

Selassie, Sebene You Belong

Willis, Jan Dharma Matters, Dreaming Me

Johnson, Kate Radical Friendship

Magee, Rhonda The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities through Mindfulness

King, Ruth  Mindful of Race

Washam, Spring E.  A Fierce Heart

Williams, Angel Kyodo  Radical Dharma, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace

Adiele, Faith Meeting Faith

Manuel, Zenju Earthlyn The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality and Gender, Sanctuary, The Deepest Peace

Wilkerson, Isabel The Warmth of Other Suns

Wise, Tim White Like Me

McIntosh, Peggy “Unpacking the invisible Knapsack

Alexander, Michelle The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Steele, Claude Whistling Vivaldi

Zia, Helen Asian American Dreams

Farewell to Manzanar

Zinn,Howard A Peoples’ History of the United States

Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

King, Martin L  From Crisis to Community

Santiago, Esmerelda When I was Puerto Rican

Tan, Amy The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife

The Bonesetter’s Daughter

Allen, Paula Gunn The Sacred Hoop

Silko, Leslie Marmon Almanac of the Dead

Alvarez, Julia How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

Keller, Bill Class Matters

Lim, Shirley & Mayumi Tsutakawa The Forbidden Stitch:An Asian American Women’s Anthology

Cisneros, Sandra House on Mango Street

Brown, DeeBury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Hooks, Bell Ain’t I a Woman

From Margin to Center

Morrison, Toni  The Bluest Eye, Beloved, Sula, Song of Solomon

Erdrich, Louise  Tracks, Beet Queen, Love Medicine, The Antelope Wife

Kingsolver, Barbara The Poisonwood Bible

Hochschild, Adam King Leopold’s Ghost

Abbott, Elizabeth Sugar: A Bittersweet History

Degrew, JoyPost Traumatic Slave Syndrome

Friere, Paulo Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Sams, Jamie The 13 Clan Mothers

Fanon, France Black Skins, White Masks

Baldwin, James The Fire Next Time

Coates, Ta-Nehisi Between the World and Me

Hansberry, Lorraine A Raisin in the Sun

Lorde, Audre  Sister Outsider, Zami

Ages 2-4: “Whose Knees Are These?” by Jabari Asim

Ages 5-8: “Under the Same Sun” by Sharon Robinson

Be Boy Buzz” by Bell Hooks

          “Every Little Thing” by Cedella Marley

Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom” by Shane W. Evans

Ages 7-10: “The 1619 Project: Born on the Water” by Renee Watson

Ages 9-14: “Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America” by Sharon Robinson

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History” by Vashti Harrison

           “Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March” by Lynda Blackmon Lowery

Photo by Josh Brownlee

13th The U.S. imprisons more people than any other country in the world, and a third of U.S. prisoners are black. In this infuriating documentary, director Ava DuVernay argues that mass incarceration, Jim Crow and slavery are “the three major racialized systems of control adopted in the United States to date.”

I Am Not Your Negro Narrated by the words of James Baldwin with the voice of Samuel L. Jackson, I Am Not Your Negro connects the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter. Although Baldwin died nearly 30 years before the film’s release, his observations about racial conflict are as incisive today as they were when he made them.

Whose Streets? The 2014 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Mo. was one of the deaths that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement. Frustrated by media coverage of unrest in Ferguson, co-directors Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis documented how locals felt about police in riot gear filling their neighborhoods with tear gas. As one resident says, “They don’t tell you the fact that the police showed up to a peaceful candlelight vigil…and boxed them in, and forced them onto a QuikTrip lot.”

LA 92 LA 92 is about the Los Angeles riots that occurred in response to the police beating of Rodney King. The film is entirely comprised of archival footage — no talking heads needed. It’s chilling to watch the unrest of nearly 30 years ago, as young people still take to the streets and shout, “No justice, no peace.”

Teach Us All Over 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, American schools are still segregated. Teach Us All explains why that is — school choice, residential segregation, biased admissions processes — and talks to advocates working for change. Interspersing interviews from two Little Rock Nine members, the documentary asks how far we’ve really come.

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

In this two-part series, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. chronicles the last 50 years of black history through a personal lens. Released days after the 2016 election, some themes of the documentary took on a deeper meaning amid Donald Trump’s win. “Think of the civil rights movement to the present as a second Reconstruction — a 50-year Reconstruction — that ended last night,” Gates said in an interview with Salon.

15 Fascinating Art Documentaries

Picture Bride

Bhaji on the Beach

Passion for Justice

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Saving Face

Real Girls Have Hips

The Joy Luck Club


Race: The Power of an Illusion

Mississippi Masala

Smoke Signals

Pow Wow Highway


Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker

Salt of the Earth (1954)

Hidden Figures



Imitation of Life (The older version)


Ms. Rainey’s Black Bottom

One Night in Miami

Malcolm & Marie

High Flying Bird

Dolemite is my Name

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

High on the Hog

In Our Mother’s Garden

Concrete Cowboy

They’ve Gotta Have Us

Floodlines from The Atlantic

An audio documentary about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Floodlines is told from the perspective of four New Orleanians still living with the consequences of governmental neglect. As COVID-19 disproportionately infects and kills Americans of color, the story feels especially relevant. “As a person of color, you always have it in the back of your mind that the government really doesn’t care about you,” said self-described Katrina overcomer Alice Craft-Kerney.

1619 from The New York Times

“In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began.” Hosted by recent Pulitzer Prize winner Nikole Hannah-Jones, the 1619 audio series chronicles how black people have been central to building American democracy, music, wealth and more.

Intersectionality Matters! from The African American Policy Forum

Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, a leading critical race theorist who coined the term “intersectionality,” this podcast brings the academic term to life. Each episode brings together lively political organizers, journalists and writers. This recent episode on COVID-19 in prisons and other areas of confinement is a must-listen.

Throughline from NPR

Every week at Throughline, our pals Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei “go back in time to understand the present.” To understand the history of systemic racism in America, we recommend “American Police,” “Mass Incarceration” and “Milliken v. Bradley.”

Queer Liberation and Being Unseen

The Deserved Value of Mothers

Teacher Spotlights: Arturo Peal and Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton

Recommended Reading – The Sacred Feminine

Dakini Store Books for Black History Month

Equity Diversity and Inclusion Council Annual Update

Embodying Equity with Lopön Karla Jackson-Brewer, M.S.

Teacher Spotlight: H.E. Chung Tulku Rinpoche

Teacher Spotlight: Osho Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

Spotlight: Women Guest Teachers

Pride 2022: The Gift of Queerness

Teacher Spotlight: Adzom Gyalse Rinpoche

2022 Women’s History Month

Diving Deeper Into Black History

Teacher Spotlight: Osho Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

EDI 2021 Wrap Up and New Plans

Cutting Through Privilege

Honoring Native American Heritage Month

A Buddhist in This Life

Scholarships And New Access Pricing Plan

Queer Liberation

What’s In A Name? The Importance of Seeing and Being Seen

Upcoming Events with Osho Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

In Solidarity With Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific-Islander (AAPI) Communities

Tara Mandala Celebrates International Women’s Day & Dakini Day

Wisdom Rising – Colorful Expressions Of Our Inner Being

Celebrating Black History

Support for Tara Mandala and Our Current Initiatives

Addressing Racism and White Privilege

Connection In The Time of Coronavirus

Family Retreat: The Open Heart

Societal Awakening: Tara Mandala Retreats and Scholarships

Sacred Sexuality Demystified

Call To Practice: 12th Tara for Amazon Fires

Sacred Sexuality Weave

The Story of Lama Karma and Drolkar

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