Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Dharma Garden and Prison Sangha
Thank you to the 88 members who completed our recent diversity, equity, and inclusion survey. Now we turn our attention to surveying Dharma Garden families (Dharma School, Dharma Camp, and Frog Song Preschool), and members of our Prison Sangha in seven correctional facilities across the state. Findings from all three surveys will be included in our final report and recommendations in late spring.
Many Zen sanghas in the West, including Dharma Rain, have grappled with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion for decades. At the same time, our communities are becoming increasingly diverse. Taken together, these trends pose both opportunities and challenges in our effort to ensure the dharma is available and accessible to all. Dharma Rain recently launched a diversity, equity,and inclusion assessment and planning process, which is being facilitated by Bruner Strategies.