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Black Buddhism

A research guide on Black Buddhism supporting the Black Buddhism Faculty Project of the Princeton University Center for Culture, Society, and Religion

Buddhist Justice Reporter

Buddhist Justice Reporter

A curated list of relevant articles from Lion's Roar and Tricycle magazines.

Bibliography

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A selection of popular and scholarly articles relevant to Black Buddhism. Many of the links are to articles behind paywalls, but may be available through a college or university library.

Ali, Ayesha. “White People, It’s Time to Look in the Mirror.” Lion’s Roar, August 13, 2020. https://www.lionsroar.com/white-people-its-time-to-look-in-the-mirror/.

Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly. “Special Issue: Free the Dharma: Race, Power, and White Privilege in American Buddhism.” 2016.

Chappell, David W., ed. “Engaged Buddhism in the West.” In Racial Diversity in the Soka Gakkai, 184–217. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2000.

Day, Keri. “Freedom on My Mind: Buddhist-Womanist Dialogue.” Buddhist-Christian Studies 36 (2016): 9–15. https://www.jstor.org/stable/24801541

Gajaweera, Nalika. “Sitting in the Fire Together: People of Color Cultivating Radical Resilience in North American Insight Meditation.” Journal of Global Buddhism 22, no. 1 (2021): 121–39. https://www.globalbuddhism.org/article/view/1308

Gleig, Ann. “Buddhists and Racial Justice: A History.” Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, July 24, 2020. https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/buddhists-racial-justice/.

———. “Why Are White Buddhists So Angry? White Rage and Buddhist Studies Scholarship.” The Shiloh Project (blog), May 2, 2021. https://www.shilohproject.blog/why-are-white-buddhists-so-angry-white-rage-and-buddhist-studies-scholarship/.

Gleig, Ann, and Brenna Grace Artinger. “#BuddhistCultureWars: BuddhaBros, Alt-Right Dharma, and Snowflake Sanghas.” Journal of Global Buddhism 22, no. 1 (2021): 19–48. https://www.globalbuddhism.org/article/view/1298

Hase, Craig Nicholas, James C. Meadows, and Stephanie L. Budge. “Inclusion and Exclusion in the White Space: An Investigation of the Experiences of People of Color in a Primarily White American Meditation Community.” Journal of Global Buddhism 20 (2019): 1–18. https://www.globalbuddhism.org/article/view/1266

Hickey, Wakoh Shannon. “Two Buddhisms, Three Buddhisms, and Racism.” Journal of Global Buddhism 11 (2010): 1–25. https://www.globalbuddhism.org/article/view/1173

hooks, bell. “Toward a Worldwide Culture of Love.” Lion’s Roar, November 8, 2022. https://www.lionsroar.com/toward-a-worldwide-culture-of-love/.

———. “Waking Up to Racism: Dharma, Diversity, and Race.” Tricycle, Fall 1994. https://tricycle.org/magazine/waking-racism/.

Hucks, Tracey. “Wombu: An Intellectual Exercise in Womanist and Buddhist Reading.” Buddhist-Christian Studies 36 (2016): 43–47. https://www.jstor.org/stable/24801544

Leath, Jennifer. “Canada and Pure Land, a New Field and Buddha-Land: Womanists and Buddhists Reading Together.” Buddhist-Christian Studies 32 (2012): 57–65. https://www.jstor.org/stable/23274469

Lion’s Roar Staff. “Why Is American Buddhism So White?” Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly, November 10, 2011.

“Making the Invisible Visible: Healing Racism in Our Buddhist Communities,” 2000. https://www.dharma.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/making-the-invisible-visible.pdf.

Mason-John, Valerie. “The Time for Black Sanghas Has Arrived.” Lion’s Roar, October 6, 2021. https://www.lionsroar.com/the-time-for-black-sanghas-has-arrived/.

McNicholl, Adeana. “Being Buddha, Staying Woke: Racial Formation in Black Buddhist Writing.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 86, no. 4 (December 2018): 883–911. https://academic.oup.com/jaar/article-pdf/86/4/883/26867436/lfy019.pdf

———. “Buddhism and Race in the United States.” Religion Compass 15, no. 8 (2021). https://compass.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/rec3.12412.

Medine, Carolyn. “Practice in Buddhist-Womanist Thought.” Buddhist Christian Studies 36 (2016): 17–28. https://www.jstor.org/stable/24801542

Razak, Arisika. “Affinity Sanghas and the Practice of Refuge.” Lion’s Roar. Accessed March 12, 2024. https://www.lionsroar.com/affinity-sanghas-and-the-practice-of-refuge/.

Selzer, Linda Furgerson. “Black American Buddhism.” In Writing as Enlightenment: Buddhist American Literature into the Twenty-First Century, 37–68. State University of New York Press Albany, 2011. https://the-eye.unblocksite.ch/public/Books/Buddhism/State%20University%20of%20New%20York%20Press%20Writing%20as%20Enlightenment%2C%20Buddhist%20American%20Literature%20into%20the%2021st%20Century%20%282011%29.pdf#page=53

———. “The Trauma of an American Untouchable.” Lion’s Roar, March 5, 2021. https://www.lionsroar.com/the-trauma-of-an-american-untouchable/.

Strand, Clark. “Born in the USA: Racial Diversity in Soka Gakkai International.” Tricycle 13, no. 2 (2003): 51–57. https://tricycle.org/magazine/born-usa-racial-diversity-soka-gakkai-international/

Vesely-Flad, Rima. “Black Buddhists and the Body: New Approaches to Socially Engaged Buddhism.” Religions 8, no. 11 (October 2017): 1–10. https://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/8/11/239

Walker, Alice. “This Was Not an Area of Large Plantations: Suffering Too Insignificant for the Majority to See.” In We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness. New York: The New Press, 2021.

Yetunde, Pamela Ayo. “Black Lesbians to the Rescue! A Brief Correction with Implications for Womanist Christian Theology and Womanist Buddhology.” Religions 8, no. 17 (2017): 1–10. https://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/8/9/175