Our mission at Mangalam Research Center is to explore new ways of presenting Buddhist knowledge to the modern world, focusing on language, research, translation, and cross-cultural dialogue. We want to make Buddhist insights accessible to a wide range of Western audiences. To find points of connection between Buddhist and Western ideas, Mangalam sponsors programs that promote dialogue between Buddhism and modern culture.
Who should join? This Meetup group is open to anyone in the Bay area interested in learning about Buddhist languages or cultures, and their impact on the modern world. Our programs are led and attended by Buddhist Studies and other scholars from around the world.
What will we do? MRC hosts lectures, classes and workshops, as well as transdisciplinary conferences, retreats, and training programs to further the conversation between Buddhism and Western traditions and to discover new ways to communicate Buddhist knowledge.
At Mangalam Research Center as elsewhere in the Dharma and academic world, we have been contemplating how to better embody our values in regard to creating a more diverse and inclusive space, in which everyone can enjoy studying the Dharma. We realize we have much work to do in this regard. One area in which we feel able to contribute at present is in fostering more awareness and understanding of how structural racism in America affects practitioners of color. To this end we will be hosting a bi-monthly “Dharma and Diversity” book club.
Our selection for May is Black & Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach us about Race, Resilience, Transformation, & Freedom, by Pamela Ayo Yetunde & Cheryl A. Giles
We invite you to join us Sunday, May 30, 6:30-8pm Pacific time to discuss. This is a small, interactive group - please read the book ahead of time and be prepared to discuss!
For the up-to-date schedule of upcoming books, please visit our website.