I read an interesting opinion piece in the paper this morning about Supreme Court-nominee Sonia Sotomayorâ€™s supposedly racist comments. The issue of race comes up not infrequently in the continuing, and to some belabored, conversation about Asian-American Western Buddhists and non-Asian-American Western Buddhists. It came up over the weekend thanks to the Angry Asian Buddhist, and in the comments thread you can see a number of folks suggest that itâ€™s time to move the hell on from this conversation.
Iâ€™m not letting it go. Iâ€™m not letting it go for the following reason: ignoring this conversation or wishing it away is actually dangerous to the future of the Buddha Dharma in these United States.