Date of Award
MA - Master of Arts
Dr. Melissa Jean
Dr. Andrew Olendzki
The Buddha’s foundational teaching of the Four Noble Truths offers a direct seeing into how suffering arises, its causes, and a pathway to liberation. This thesis focuses on racism as a specific form of suffering for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and offers a way for White people to consider how they contribute to its manifestation and what they can do to help end it. This re-formulation of the Four Noble Truths is; First, the truth of racism; Second, the truth of the cause of racism; Third, the truth of the end of racism; and Fourth, the truth of the path that leads to the end of racism. With this framework as a foundation, along with Ruth King’s conception of Racial Affinity Groups (2018), the Mindfully White: An Antiracist Affinity Group Podcast was developed as a way for White people to share their personal stories and learn from each other in community. Through interviews, guided meditation, and personal reflection, the host, guests, and listeners are invited to share how they see and understand the truth of racism, its causes, and what they can do to lessen their impact on BIPOC through an exploration of their White identity.
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Eaton, Christine, "Mindfully White: An Anti-Racist Affinity Podcast Inspired by the Buddha’s Teaching of the Four Noble Truths" (2022). Mindfulness Studies Theses. 56.