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Why are most western Buddhists white?

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Why are most western Buddhists white?

Postby convivium » Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:02 pm

And why do white people co-opt irrelevant asian cultural elements in Buddhist communities?
Just keep breathing in and out like this. Don't be interested in anything else. It doesn't matter even if someone is standing on their head with their ass in the air. Don't pay it any attention. Just stay with the in-breath and the out-breath. Concentrate your awareness on the breath. Just keep doing it. http://www.ajahnchah.org/book/Just_Do_It_1_2.php

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Re: Why are most western Buddhists white?

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:42 pm

In a word one of the biggest things preventing more African-Americans from joining Sanghas is: culture. Take a look at this African-American church service:



And compare that to the noble silence of sitting meditation, the very quiet and solemn practice we do in sitting meditation, walking meditation, retreats, even the way we eat our food!

However, socio-economic class also has a lot to do with it and as more African-Americans come out of poverty, there will be greater participation. I have met several African-American Buddhists, but admittedly most have been middle to upper-middle class.
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Re: Why are most western Buddhists white?

Postby waterchan » Wed Mar 05, 2014 1:22 am

quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur
(Anything in Latin sounds profound.)

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Re: Why are most western Buddhists white?

Postby Ben » Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:10 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Why are most western Buddhists white?

Postby pilgrim » Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:55 am

OK, why do western sangha call their white teachers by the Thai word Ajahn? Why not use the original Pali Acariya?

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Re: Why are most western Buddhists white?

Postby waterchan » Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:11 am

quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur
(Anything in Latin sounds profound.)

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"My religion is very simple - my religion is ice-cream."
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Re: Why are most western Buddhists white?

Postby Ben » Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:37 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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"My religion is very simple - my religion is ice-cream."
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Mettāya,
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