Read The History of BFoD: An Annotated Timeline of the Beyond Fear of Differences (BFoD) Initiative. The BFoD Planning Group created this document in preparation for the Sangha Forum that happened at Zen Mountain Monastery on Sunday, March 3rd.
Here are some other resources you might find helpful:
- Shugen Roshi’s Spring 2019 Ango Opening Talk
- ZMM BFoD Sangha Forum Livestream video
- ZCNYC BFoD Forum audio
- Tanya Bonner’s Diversity Proposal
- Resources for learning more about these issues
Want to learn more about how you can get involved? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about all of the programs, retreats, affinity groups and committee work that you can be a part of.
As this larger BFoD Group continues to work together, BFoD’s Vision and Mission may change and evolve. Check this page periodically for updates.
10 Values Guiding our Beyond Fear of Differences Work
- Trust—Cultivating and earning a confidence that we are working toward our mutual well-being and liberation
- Equity—To create just outcomes, we recognize that different treatment—including reparations—is sometimes required because of historical oppression and our varying positions in contemporary society.
- Courage—The ability to step forward, be vulnerable, tolerate discomfort, and hold space for new ideas.
- Accountability—The Sangha—teachers, seniors, monastics, Board, students, Councils, practitioners—are mutually responsible for upholding these values and communicating with each other.
- Humility—Recognition of the depth of our own conditioning and the vastness of the path.
- Reverence—A deep respect for each other’s humanity and identities, and the transformative power of the Buddhadharma.
- Generosity—The willingness to embrace all our experiences of sangha with openness and appreciation; also the willingness to give and take in feedback on the impact of our actions as part of our dharma training.
- Whole Person Framework—In our study and liberation of the self, we recognize that because our social identities are not experienced in isolation, they cannot be examined in isolation.
- Cultural Fluency—Knowing that we live in a white supremacist culture and that our views are conditioned by power and privilege, we commit to our ongoing learning and understanding of each other’s cultural and ethnic identities.
- Authenticity—Truly being connected with our emotions, expressions, and experience.
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