Beyond Fear of Differences Commitments— Unlearning Racism, Healing Oppression

Our bodhisattva path of liberation happens within the world of differences, where racialized inequities continue to impact all of our lives and threaten the well-being of our communities and our planet.

Exploring how we identify racially is part of our bodhisattva vow—to free all beings from suffering—and we do this together. Depending on how each of us identify, our ango work might be some mixture of education and reparation, or healing and safety. These offerings include a range of affinity discussion and reading groups. 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 as People of Culture/Color:

BIPOC bi-monthly meetings on Wednesdays include a Speaker Series (September 15th, 6:30-8pm, with Chimyo Atkinson, Sensei, register here; November 24 Dr. Eduardo Duran); and a conversation with Shugen Roshi, September 8, 6:30-8 pm, register here.

The Asian Sangha Gathering on the first Thursday every month, 7-9pm, is a space for those of Asian heritage to empower and heal one another. For anyone who identifies as Asian or is of Asian descent to come together in solidarity. Register here.

For sangha members who identify primarily as African-American or of other African-Descent, the People of African Descent (PAD) Sangha Practice Group  meets monthly on Sunday afternoons at 1pm to provide a supportive environment for dharma practitioners.  The PAD Book Group meets bi-monthly from 2-3:30pm (right after the Sangha Group) and will continue with the study of My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem.  Register here for both meetings.

BIPOC Monday Body Practice with Mayumi Ishino, 6-7pm (September 27, October 11 & 25, November 8) Register here.

BIPOC Monday evening bi-monthly Book Group will study Lama Rod Owen’s Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation Through Anger during fall Ango 2021. Contact for more information.

You can also contact the group coordinators with any questions via


For sangha members who identify as white or hold white privilege—

Ango Study reading Caste by Isabel Wilkersonself-guided study; consider using these study questions. (*If a copy of Caste is more than you can afford, please email Also consider buying used from Abe Books or another supplier).

Ango Study reading Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, Saturdays, September 11, October 9, 30, November 13, 10:00-11:30. All are welcome: facilitated by long-term “What is Whiteness” participants, using BFOD Group Guidelines and study questions. Register here.

Join the open ZCNYC “What is Whiteness” group meeting every 3rd Sunday, 1-2:30pm. Newcomers are welcome. Please contact Dojaku or Yunen to get connected.

Existing Sangha Groups from MRO/ZMM “What is Whiteness” will meet independently during Ango (Sunday Zoom for individual groups, 1-5pm)

If you are new to this work, consider familiarizing yourself with the terms which identify “whiteness” as a historically constructed category designed for a system of rights and privileges denied to Native Americans, Black Africans (enslaved and freed) and other immigrants. This system became culturally embedded in American history and is found throughout our social structure. It is not the same as “being a racist,” but rather asks that white-embodied people become aware of how these systems of oppression permeate our lives so that we can un-do the harm they cause. You can find some reading materials at other material at our work-in-progress resource page, here. Please be encouraged to contact the training office with any questions via