Won’t somebody please think of the children!?!
I was out of town for most of this past weekend for some personal, family related issues. (That’s all you get, Internet! I don’t hang out all my laundry, dirty or clean!) So I’ve been out of touch with my usual online sources blogs, Twitters, etc., etc. But one thing did catch my eye, and it’s been rattling around my head for a couple of days now. Claudia, of the wonderful blog The Bottom of Heaven, twittered (tweeted?) the following:
Can’t quite wrap my head around the idea of Karma on a meta-level; was the Middle Passage “bad Karma”? Is this a question Buddhists ask?
Moments of truth and beauty can come from all manner of place. Be aware.
Here are my final words on this whole â€œWestern/Americanâ€ versus â€œnot-Westernâ€ Buddhism thing that just wonâ€™t. Go. Away.
The question isnâ€™t whether or not white folks should infuse into Buddhism their own cultural expectations. The problem isnâ€™t whether or not itâ€™s appropriate for white folks to practice Buddhism. The question isnâ€™t whether or not the West needs Buddhism or Buddhism needs the West. The problem isnâ€™t reverse racism. The problem isnâ€™t that there arenâ€™t more white folks in Asian temples or Asian folks in white temples.
The problem is simple: â€œAmericanâ€ does not equal white. Whenever someone paints a portrait of American Buddhism as white Buddhism, they are necessarily suggesting that American-ness equals whiteness.