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Racial and Social Justice as Dharma Practice

May 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

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A Multi Sangha Program open to all
Facilitated by: Chris Fortin and Doralee Grindler Katonah

Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm (PT)
The 4th Thursday of each month
On Zoom

If we were to simply walk past the fires of racism, sexism, and so on because illusions of separation exist within them, we may well be walking past one of the widest gateways to enlightenment.

— Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, The Way of Tenderness

The Racial and Social Justice as Dharma Practice Group is committed to study, intimate investigation and conversation, and embodied bodhisattva practice to actualize personal and collective freedom for all beings.

We understand that we have grown up with systems of ‘baked-in’ oppression which harm us and others. Racial, social, and economic disparities permeate these systems. We strive to wake up to these unconscious identities and use them to develop compassion and wisdom.

We embrace that we cannot do this kind of work alone and that it is in supportive community and through our Bodhisattva Vow that the potential for transformation and the ability to live a life devoted to ending suffering is possible.

We recognize that there is no ‘right’ way or script for action; that we are discerning and asking ‘what are we called to do now, unique to our life circumstances, and moment to moment.’

We practice being present in the midst of suffering and offer our full aliveness for the liberation of all beings everywhere.

This is an ongoing group committed to deepening our investigation together.

If you are interested in knowing more about joining and for more information please email: or

Current literature and timely resources inform our monthly meetings and will be sent on registration.

Facilitated by: Chris Fortin and Doralee Grindler Katonah

The two teachers facilitating the group identify as white, U.S. citizens, and Zen Buddhist priests. We understand the limitations of our experiences in relation to race and strive to bring cultural humility to our facilitation of these groups.


Dana is always welcome and will be donated by RSJD to an organization dedicated to racial and social justice.

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