Thich Nhat Hanh describes mindfulness as “the capacity to be aware of what is going on – what is there.” In these extraordinarily volatile times of racism-related dukkah, it may be imperative for all of us to delve into – and better understand – who we are; and what constitutes our identities, as individuals, as corporate entities, and as a nation – so we can awaken from “such stuff as dreams are made on … rounded with a sleep” ("The Tempest"). “Such stuff” is affected by one’s ethnic and racial group membership. Racism of the covert type, including microaggressions, directed by those of the dominant white majority toward marginalized people, is often unrecognized for its harm. “From the Margins” reflects a search for identity – in this case, quite late in life – of a Korean immigrant on her uncomfortable and non-simple travel toward freedom, while shedding the outdated coverings of her westernhood.
Framed with pertinent data related to the Korean War, the Hart-Celler Immigration Act, and the shifting demographics in the US, she will share perspectives (from her position along the margins) on the intersections of racism with: 1) literature (Buddhist and others); 2) mindfulness studies; 3) institutional structures and norms; and 4) everyone seeking transformation and release from suffering.
At the end of this event, participants will be able to:
1. Understand microaggressions, as related to Asians.
2. Consider the influence of implicit bias upon our perspectives on race.
3. Explore institutional constructs of inequalities.
After a long career in fundraising at some large institutions, Peggy entered the MA program in mindfulness studies at Lesley University where she will soon be focusing on her thesis. As one of only a handful of Korean families immigrating to rural New England in the 1950s, she has only recently become aware (awake) to her marginality in American society. The process has come with startling realizations about herself and the world around her; and the path is teaching her to more fully embrace all that "arises," rather than simply "letting go" of complex and messy aspects of her being.
Continuing Education (CE) credits available for psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and nurses.
Suggested donation for general attendance is $15. CE credits available for $30.
Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy
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