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For the first time ever, the words of Western Buddhist practitioners of
color are recognized and gathered together in one groundbreaking
anthology. Alice Walker, Maxine Hong Kingston, Charles Johnson, Thich
Nhat Hanh, and twenty-five other contributors share their unique
perspectives on the fundamental Buddhist concepts of suffering and the
path to the cessation of suffering. Together they represent the entire
spectrum of Buddhist tradition.
Thought-provoking and passionate, Dharma, Color, and Culture
forges a new path in our understanding of the simple truths of Buddhism
and their relevance for all of us. Essays by Latino, Asian,
African-American, and Native American Buddhist practitioners, lay
people, and Dharma teachers address the connection between diversity,
racism, and Buddhism at four levels: the personal, the interpersonal,
the institutional, and the cultural. Recognizing that attention to the
pain of racism is essential, the overarching theme of this work is how
the Dharma becomes an effective antidote to the suffering and a vehicle
for healing and liberation.