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White privilege

White privilege

A talk given during the How to be a Bodhisattva Retreat at Sravasti Abbey in 2015.

  • Clarification on the talk about the mindfulness craze
  • Sharing a student’s request to speak about racial identity
  • How our identities are constructs that cannot be found in our body or mind
  • Developing sensitivity to others’ feelings about racial identity
  • Responding with compassion when the term “white privilege” is used as an accusation
  • Open discussion with retreat participants

The first talk in this retreat series can be found here.

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.