In late 2014, Lama Tsultrim initiated an exploration of how Feeding Your Demons® could be applied to our personal and cultural demons of racism, privilege, and oppression. She invited Karla Jackson-Brewer, Lopön Chandra Easton, and Rev. Jamil Scott to develop a curriculum, and in January 2015 they launched a series called “Compassionately Awake to Oppression and Privilege” in the San Francisco Bay Area. Now we continue to find ways to use our Dharma practice and tools in the critical process of ‘waking up’ in the world.
In the Fall of 2015, Tara Mandala established the Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Council to address issues of underrepresentation of people from different cultural, racial, sexual orientation, and social backgrounds in the Dharma and at Tara Mandala. The Council includes Lopön Chandra Easton, Karla Jackson-Brewer, Christine Ho, Michele Nevarez, Akiko Oncken, and Erik Jampa Andersson.
Tara Mandala works to create an environment where the richness of diverse perspectives, backgrounds and life experiences are appreciated and welcomed. We support the expression and experience of cultural literacy. We offer training to our staff and LDP participants with resources that strengthen the cultural literacy of our community-at-large.
The purpose of the Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Council is:
- To promote cultural literacy in our sangha
- To bring the Dharma principles of compassion, love, wisdom and interdependence into our relationships and practice path
- To foster diversity and equity in the Dharma, specifically at Tara Mandala and her satellite sanghas around the world
- To become a place of refuge and healing for those who have been marginalized
Tara Mandala is also working to establish other groups, namely Ally and LGBTQ affinity groups, in the near future. Please stay tuned for upcoming announcements.
The Fund for Equity, Inclusion & Diversity at Tara Mandala was established in 2015. Thanks to the generosity of our sangha members, this Fund is able to award scholarships for onsite retreats, online programs, and program fees for long-term practice programs (Magyu & Gateway).
The Fund for Equity, Inclusion & Diversity awards scholarships to people of color and/or those who are underrepresented due to their gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social class, ethnicity, or socio-economic situation.
Lead by Karla Jackson-Brewer
Online meetings using the Zoom platform
Come be a part of Tara Mandala’s People of Color (POC) meditation group lead by Karla Jackson-Brewer, long-time Tara Mandala Authorized Teacher and educator in the field of Women’s and Africana studies. This group will create a consistent and safe space for People of Color to practice meditation and engage in fellowship. The format will consist of a range of activities, and will evolve to meet the needs of the participants. We will engage in formal meditation practice, dharma study, group discussion, and dharma teaching. The group provides an opportunity to explore how dharma can positively impact the lives and communities of People of Color.
This group is open to anyone who self-identifies as a person of color, and Individuals from all spiritual traditions are welcomed. No prior meditation experience is required.
Have questions or comments? Email Karla Jackson-Brewer at firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 Dates: February 20, March 20, April 17, & May 22
More dates will be posted soon…
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm EST
Donations: This group is offered on a donation basis, donations may be sent to Karla at paypal.me/KarlaJackson9. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Suggested dana: $10-$15.