(Donald Rothberg, 2022)

On Race and Racism

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):


Fern Johnson and Marlene Fine, Let's Talk Race: A Guide for White People


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 (2017).

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).

Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (2020).


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).

Briahna Joy Gray, “Beware the Race Reductionist” in The Intercept (2018):


Ian Haney López, Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and

   Saving America (2019).

Touré Reed, Toward Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism (2020).


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

Jacqueline Battalora, Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and

   Its Relevance Today (2014).

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).

David Dean, “Roots Deeper Than Whiteness” (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

Bhikkhu Analayo, “Confronting Racism with Mindfulness” Mindfulness (2020),

   11.10: 2283–2297.

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 (2nd edition, 2021;

   original edition, 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).

Valerie Mason-John [Vimalasara] (ed.), Afrikan Wisdom: New Voices Talk Black

   Liberation, Buddhism, and Beyond (2021),

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).

Larry Ward, America’s Racial Karma: An Invitation to Heal (2020)

angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, and Jasmine Syedullah, Radical 

   Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation (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).

Pamela Ayo Yetunde and Cheryl Giles (eds.), Black & Buddhist: What Buddhism

   Can Teach Us About Race, Resilience, Transformation & Freedom (2020).


Training Opportunities

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

East Bay Meditation Center, https://eastbaymeditation.org: Periodic trainings.

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  on “Hard Conversations: Whiteness,

   Race, and Social Justice”: https://www.pattidigh.com/whiteness/.

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

    https://www.sfinsight.org/events/event/investigating-our-white-identity-through-  the-dharma/

Spirit Rock, https://www.spiritrock.org: Periodic trainings.

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

   mindfulness in the development of white racial awareness”

   http://whiteawake.org. A variety of courses.

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

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