VISION STATEMENT – (A Living Document)
We aspire to engage the Plum Village community worldwide in the work of healing the wounds of racial injustice and social inequity, beginning with looking deeply within ourselves. We seek a worldwide Manyfold Community that is consciously and committedly engaged in the work of transformation and healing of racial injustice and social inequity. In so doing, we aspire to nourish and protect Beloved Community in our Manyfold Community and beyond.
ARISE-Who We Are
ARISE is a group of lay practitioners and monastics in the Plum Village tradition who have come together to heal the wounds of racial injustice and racial and social systemic inequity within ourselves and within the mahasangha, with the energy of compassion, understanding and love.
- Co-create a network within our sangha communities for practitioners who are interested in racial justice and racial and social equity issues
- Encourage the sharing of resources and share information on articles, teachings, and practices on racial justice and racial and social equity
- Co-create a sacred, courageous space for discussion and exchange on mindfulness and racial justice and racial and social equity issues;
- Encourage diversity and inclusion in leadership within the mahasangha sangha and Order of Interbeing (OI) leadership
- Serve as a resource for sanghas and practice communities in the Plum Village tradition and beyond, sharing ideas for and facilitating ARISE presentations at retreats, regular sangha gatherings, and other events
ARISE-Our Call to Practice
Following the guiding light of Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) and Martin Luther King, Jr. to build and nourish Beloved Community, we seek to encourage the Manyfold Sangha to:
- Look deeply and explore the roots of suffering caused by racial injustice and racial equity that produces disparity and disproportionality
- Listen deeply, mindfully, and with compassion to oneself to reach understanding of the causes and conditions that create racial injustice and inequity
- Listen deeply, mindfully, and with compassion to others to reach understanding of the causes and conditions that create racial injustice and inequity
- Explore the inter-connectedness of systemic racial, ethnic, gender, economic inequity and access to resources
- Explore ancestral healing and its relatedness to reach understanding in ourselves and in others
- Look deeply to transform patterns of exclusiveness to power, inequity in resources, implicit bias, and unexamined disparities in privilege
- Practice compassionate listening and loving speech; and practice sharing our understanding and experiences in order to arrive at a collective insight
- Explore the inter-relationship of racial justice and racial inequity within the mahasangha
- “Unite our collective energies to radically transform and heal, and embrace the right view of non-separation and non-self” (Gomez & Brown)
- Study and utilize available resources to deepen understanding of racial justice and racial and social inequity in conjunction with mindful practices
- “Engage in a process of understanding and building Beloved Community by:
o Creating safe and loving spaces for people of color to heal from the trauma of racial injustice and inequity;
o Creating safe and loving spaces for white allies of people of color to engage in looking deeply, understanding, and healing from implicit bias and other forms of discrimination;
o Creating safe and loving spaces for white allies to understand the systemic legacy of racial inequity and to provide opportunities for learning and practice;
o Creating safe and loving spaces for people of color and white allies to come together to look deeply and engage in healing together;
o Looking deeply at and addressing the under-representation of people of color and low-income people in our individual Sanghas and the collective Sangha.” (Gomez & Brown)
- Embark upon these efforts in a spirit of community, trust, understanding, love, and patience – knowing that this is a life’s work, motivated by bodhicitta
- Undertake efforts in ways that are consistent with the example and teachings of Thay and the Five and Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings, and in a manner that reflects a one-step, one-breath, deeply present approach to each task and to everyday life; and
- Welcome participation from the Manyfold Sangha worldwide
ARISE-Core Care-Taking Council
Valerie Brown, True Power of the Sangha, is an international retreat leader, writer, and leadership coach, and founding member of Old Path Sangha (PA) in 1997, and was ordained in the Tiep Hien Order by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2003.
Sister Ocean (Chân Trăng Hải Ấn) is a bhikshuni at Blue Cliff Monastery in Upstate New York.
Victoria Mausisa, True Eternal Garden, is a volunteer non-profit leader, spiritual care-giver, and lay OI member and practices with hellajust and compassionate POC, Mindful Peacebuilding, and Couples Sanghas in Oakland, CA.
Brian Otto Kimmel, True Lotus Concentration, founder of artlovelegacies, is Cross-Genre entrepreneuring in Expressive Arts, Movement Research, and Somatic Counseling, and is a member of the Intermountain Order of Interbeing Sangha, Wake Up Colorado, and Mountain Stream Sangha in Boulder, Colorado, USA.
- The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings
- The King Center website
- Buddhists for Racial Justice
- The Mindfulness Bell, “The Path of Racial and Social Equity” by Marisela Gomez and Valerie Brown
- Resolution establishing a CTC Transformation and Healing Committee