Unpacking Whiteness: Reflection and Action

Kodo Conlin
Francis Dwyer
Tova Green
Brenda Proudfoot
David Zimmerman

Unpacking Whiteness meets one Monday each month, 7:30 – 8:45 pm PT: see below for upcoming dates.

The link to join:

Online link
Meeting ID 350-522-3117

Newcomers and seasoned practitioners alike are wholeheartedly welcome. No advance registration is required. Unpacking Whiteness facilitators request that each participant identifies as a white person and is open to courageous self-exploration with the sangha. If you are able, please log in with a computer, tablet, or phone (i.e. some kind of screen) as there will be visual aids.

Unpacking Whiteness gatherings explore whiteness and the structures of racism through a Zen Buddhist lens so that practitioners learn to skillfully engage with and transform white racial conditioning and white supremacist systems. The group focuses on racial justice, interconnection, and liberation, with the intention that sangha members build brave and inclusive spaces in their homes, workplaces, communities, and at San Francisco Zen Center.

Meetings include brief presentations or readings, as well as bringing up and supporting one another in exploring difficult conversations we have had regarding race and white privilege. A typical meeting also includes small group activity, and whole-group discussion.

Resources and slide decks that have been used in previous meetings are here. This list will be updated as the group continues its study.

Upcoming Meetings:

Donations are appreciated, but not required.