Showing posts from January, 2017

Buddhism and Human Dignity

This week, one of my editors wrote to ask if I would like to do a second draft of an article I wrote several months ago about racism in Buddhist circles. I responded that I would like to, but I do not have time.

The truth is, I'm tired of debating with white Buddhists in America about why human dignity matters, about why we have a responsibility to speak and act against oppression. In the past week I have seen furious online debate among white men about... well, I'm not really sure. Whether or not Buddhist communities should ban Trump supporters? Only that's not really what the debate is about, because no one in an administrative branch is making that claim.

I am tired.

I am tired because I stay up late at night thinking about whether or not I need to stockpile Plan B, because even though my partner and I do not want children, I lie there thinking about a time, a nightmarish time in the future in which I have been raped but am not legally allowed to have an abortion. I th…