- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Parallax Press (October 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1888375426
- ISBN-13: 978-1888375428
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dharma, Color, and Culture: New Voices in Western Buddhism Paperback – October 1, 2004
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Baldoquín, a Soto Zen priest, amasses a collection of writings by "people of color," primarily American writers of African, Asian, Latino and Native American heritages, who share their experiences with and perspectives on traditional Buddhist teachings. Each of the book's first four sections devote several essays to one of the Four Noble Truths, and a final section explores how some of the writers have "integrated" the teachings "into the realities of their lives." The writers engage the issue of color vis-à-vis Buddhist teachings in different ways and to varying degrees. Some reflect primarily on the power the teachings have to bring personal healing after experiences of dehumanization and violence. Others use Buddhism as a method for recognizing and engaging the historical and political roots of racism and its manifest suffering. Still others, such as Maxine Hong Kingston, all but entirely sublimate issues of color in favor of exploring a tragedy anyone might face—losing a precious item in a fire, for instance. The essays are uneven in their effectiveness. Many are clear, focused and elucidate the topic at hand,but others (including the editor's own) wander off topic, leaving the reader puzzled. While the collection offers welcome voices and challenging perspectives, its loose, patchy approach prevents it from becoming a genuinely compelling, cohesive anthology.
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It is American Buddhism from a black perspective. And I have yet to see a black person where I sometimes go, only white appearing Americans. Not that I look or check their birth certificates. None being noticeably black. This book will help me see black people, maybe. Very interesting, revealing short essays, I highly recommend this one.