The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Interfaith Discussion Group

Mon, March 5, 2018 | WAG 403B

5:00 PM

Discussion Title: Does religion have a race? 

Description: Today, did you Nama-slay, or Nama-stay in bed? This discussion will interrogate the ways buddhism and buddhist mindfulness practices have taken shape in western society to ask a central question: Is Western Style Buddhism really buddhism, or a bastardization of older buddhist sects? By extension, what constitutes cultural appropriation of religion? Does religion have a race? And, since some argue that buddhism is actually a philosophy (not a religion) and therefore cannot be appropriated, what makes a religion a religion in the first place? 

The discussion will be led by CTI's Sahara Khan.

Assigned Readings:

About namaste in Buddhism, its meaning, and uses : https://buddhaweekly.com/namaste-respect-overcomes-pride/

About White privilege and buddhism:

 http://www.buddhistpeacefellowship.org/white-privilege-the-mindfulness-movement/

White buddhism and corporate mindfulness: 

https://www.salon.com/2015/09/27/corporate_mindfulness_is_bullsht_zen_or_no_zen_youre_working_harder_and_being_paid_less/

Transformations in Buddhist thought, India to China: http://secure-web.cisco.com/1flXwtJUd1G5TPAy_boiPWwZh221qUnUIm6qU_xLotoPyGqSz2aAVHqImNvKvrCsWBYgWK4-HXGlICthzvu0gqn61MtSuOP92YcLSYKM3tA0c3UuutZYsPWXbmSOlNQDs3BGudMpytk2QfFWDDLksKcenuO95XYqjQ8UYy7-cPN3oCgun-GzaGFOAi_xrvPTqVR_BGAm27DfVAGlDqgQe1ba-QvgTkLSTyU8k_eYsALVs1inVHDqDBauDZ7ftcIWsVjDu4TIWerjM6EmRYOmtEgUf2Pi2FjISCkf7VRyyXJpiyL9gA2G__1cUF0UZ4WcAuImnfgY1k1hPkBu2FYeYtYJ_6pqP9eJqTtxvOoom3xbCSRIrQZvZ3bgM9UsQ4PmHWdgzzNuwVwGmKtHR_R7qp8vGlQqsQG9boImk1pW3HW7UOIW7PFN2N9q7sOGhW1LSDHFXO9WDx5bxNeIYBhqp6ARK2wjHbNPw4Dhwf_saX2ziF2tGnWj5ZAxD7uz3AsS4qmxY6O5dHLzAvy9Xua3l1psMpB2B9gD41-lx9NOaRQvjcyShshCXz1xD3t8GpGnown5v64Biy5IVD6BtwrwORLhDW07nEzjCCKbIBpbbfRI/http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thezensite.com%2FZenEssays%2FHistoricalZen%2FFromIndiatoChina.htm

 

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