A Beginning Resource List on Race, Whiteness, and Dharma 

(Donald Rothberg, July 2020)

On Race

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of 

   Colorblindness (2012).

Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald, Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good 

   People (2013): On “implicit bias.”

Shakti Butler, Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity (film, 2013):


Ibram Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas

  in America (2016), How to Be An Antiracist(2019).

Mordechai Liebling, “On American Racism” (2015), Tikkun


john a. powell, Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Conceptions of Self and

  Other to Build an Inclusive Society (2015)

Race: The Power of An Illusion: PBS Film (2003): See also


Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government

   Segregated America (2018)

Ronald Takaki, A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America (2008).

James Washington (ed.), A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and

  Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1986).

Cornel West, Race Matters (1993); (ed. Christa Buschendorf), Black

   Prophetic Fire (2014); (ed.) The Radical King (2015).


On Race and Class

Matt Bruenig, “Wealth Inequality Across Class and Race in 5 Graphs” (2019), 

   People’s Policy Project, https://www.peoplespolicyproject.org;“The Racial

   Wealth Gap Is About the Upper Classes,” Jacobin(2020).

Jelani Cobb, "William Barber Takes On Both Poverty and Race in the Age of Trump"

   New Yorker (May 14, 2018).

Ian Haney López, Dog Whistle Politics (2014); Merge Left: Fusing Race and

   Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America (2019).

Poor People's Campaign: https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org

On Race and Trauma

Joy DeGruy, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (2005).

Resmaa Menakem, My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the

  Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies (2017)    

On Whiteness

Karen Brodkin, How Jews Became White Folks & What That Says about Race in 

   America (1999).

Shakti Butler, Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible (film, 2008): 


David Campt, The White Ally Toolkit Workbook: Using Active Listening, Empathy,

  and Personal Storytelling to Promote Racial Equity (2018).

Robin DiAngelo,White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About

   Racism (2018).
Debby Irving, Waking Up White (and Finding Myself in the Story of Race (2014).

Jürgen Kremer and R Jackson-Paton, Ethnoautobiography: Stories and Practices

   for Unlearning Whiteness, Decolonlization, Uncoverning Ethnicities (2014).

Peggy McIntosh, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” (1988), 

   available online.

David Roediger, Working Toward Whiteness: How America's Immigrants

   Became White: The Strange Journey from Ellis Island to the Suburbs (2006)

Tim Wise, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son (3rd edition, 

   2011); White Like Me (film, 2013, available on YouTube).

On Connecting Buddhist Practice and Social Engagement

Bhikkhu Bodhi, The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony: An

   Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon (2016).
David Loy, The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory; Money, Sex, War,

  Karma (2008);Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis


Stephanie Kaza (ed.), A Wild Love for the World: Joanna Macy and the Work of

  Our Time (2020).

Joanna Macy and Molly Brown,Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our 

   Lives, Our World (1998).

Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, Active Hope: How to Face the Mss We’re In

   without Going Crazy (2012).

Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace (1987); Love in Action: Writings on Nonviolent

   Social Change (1993).

Donald Rothberg, The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to 

  Transforming Ourselves and the World (2006)

Thanissara,Time to Stand Up: An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth—

   The Buddha’s Life and Message through Feminine Eyes (2015)

Thanissara and Kittisaro, Listening to the Heart: A Contemplative Journey to

   Engaged Buddhism (2014).

On Race and Buddhist Practice

Hilda Gutiérrez Baldoquín (ed.), Dharma, Color, and Culture (2004).

Tara Brach, “Facing My White Privilege” (2016): 


Buddhadharma Magazine, Forum: Why Is American Buddhism So White? (Fall

   2011)—with Charles Johnson, Larry Yang, Amanda Rivera, angel Kyodo

   williams, and Bob Agoglia.

Shakil Choudhury, Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us Vs. Them (2015).

Kate Dugan & Hilary Bogert, “Racial Diversity in Buddhism in the U.S.”

   (2006): http://pluralism.org/research/reports/dugan/diversity_buddhism.pdf.

Ruth King,Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out (2018).

Rhonda Magee, The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and

   Transforming Our Communities through Mindfulness (2019)

Making the Invisible Visible: Healing Racism in Our Buddhist

  Communities (2000): http://www.spiritrock.org/document.doc?id=9.

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, The Way of Tenderness: Awakening through Race,

  Sexuality, and Gender (2015).

Lama Rod Owens, Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation through Anger


Donald Rothberg, “Buddhist Practice and the Transformation of Racism” (two

   talks, June 17/24, 2020): https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/62047/,


Sebene Selassie, You Belong: A Call for Connection (2020).

White Awake Website: “White Awake is an open source curriculum that utilizes 

   mindfulness in the development of white racial awareness” 


angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, and Jasmine Syedullah, Radical Dharma (2016).

Larry Yang, “Renouncing the Colonial Self: An Interview” 

   (2013): http://www.buddhistpeacefellowship.org/renouncing-the-colonial-self-  

   an-interview-with-dharma-teacher-larry-yang/;Awakening Together: The

   Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community (2017).


Training Opportunities

Beyond the Culture of Separation, https://beyondseparation.net/

Education for Racial Equity: https://www.educationforracialequity.com

Ruth King, “Mindful of Race” Trainings and Affinity Groups: https://ruthking.net.

Victor Lee Lewis and Patti Digh, Courses in 2020 and beyond on “Hard 

   Conversations: Whiteness, Race, and Social Justice”:


San Francisco Insight, “Investigating Our White Identity through the Dharma,” 


White Awake Website: “White Awake is an open source curriculum that utilizes 

   mindfulness in the development of white racial awareness” 


White Awareness Insight Curriculum for Uprooting Privilege (WAIC UP!): A

   Dharma and Racism Study Program: https://alokavihara.org/wp-