BFOD/Anti-Racism Commitments for Spring Ango

Depending on how you identify racially, your ango work might be some mixture of education and reparation, or healing and safety. Understanding your “position” within our deeply racialized society, and coming to terms with the forces and choices that placed you there, is a good place to begin. Offerings include book study groups and sangha discussion groups, and you may also be already involved in other activities that fulfill this commitment.  If you have further questions about this aspect of ango practice, feel free to reach out to the Training Office.


For sangha members who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian or People of Color:

Consider participating in the Wednesday night BIPOC Sangha Practice Group, a peer-facilitated practice and discussion group held bi-monthly. For the BIPOC Sangha Practice Group, click here to register and receive a Zoom link for the meeting. You can also contact the group coordinators with any questions via

Mondays, bimonthly, evenings
BIPOC Book Group has been meeting regularly and will conclude its study of My Grandmother’s Hands at the end of March. The next book selection will be Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous supplemented with his poetry in Night Sky with Exit Wounds. The rotating facilitators will also have a chance to bring in short works for the group to study. Contact or for more information.

New groups for those who identify as People of African Descent (PAD):

Two new offering this ango for sangha members who identify primarily as African-American or of other African-Descent. Starting on Sunday March 21st, the PAD Sangha Practice Group will meet monthly on Sunday afternoons at 1pm to provide a supportive environment for African-American and other African-descended dharma practitioners.  The PAD Book Group will begin on March 7th and meet bi-monthly from 2-3:30pm (right after the Sangha Group) and will begin with the study of My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem.  Register here for both meetings. For more information contact

For sangha members who identify as White or hold white privilege:

The “What Is Whiteness” MRO study group begins a new cohort to meet monthly for a six-month commitment.  THIS REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED, but feel free to join the open ZCNYC What is Whiteness group. Sundays, 1-2:30pm, next meeting March 28, then every 4th Sunday. Newcomers are welcome. Please contact Dojaku or Yunen to get connected.

In addition to material directly addressing embodied implicit bias and oppression at the start of each meeting, new participants will begin working with Layla Saad’s Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor.  

In her book’s preface, Layla Saad emphasizes that the work of dismantling white supremacy needs to begin within, and for white people, this involves a deep, step-by-step reflection process to see into and understand their participation in the systems and beliefs that uphold white supremacy. Her book guides the reader through that process with a mix of informative chapters on different aspects of white supremacy followed by a series of journaling prompts.

Participation is open to the entire sangha and is not limited to ango participants.   
Sundays: 3/7, 4/4, 5/2, 6/6, 7/tbd, 8/1, 1-2:30pm