A Question from Tuere Sala
I think it's important that people of color have separate places for practice. The support and inspiration that are available in POC only spaces allow for process that at this time is probably not possible in mixed spaces, and definitely is not possible in the predominately white spaces that many of our sanghas still are. Additionally, while I'm aware that many white people truly desire more diversity and will welcome it, I also know that an increase in diversity will have a substantial effect on the energy and flow of predominately white sanghas that may also cause suffering for many white people.
I know we need to come together because we awaken together. The cessation of our suffering exists in the middle of our difficulties, not outside of them. I'm torn between these conflicting needs. My question is, how do we promote diversity within predominantly white sanghas and care for the complexity of needs that will arise during these transitions towards more diversity?
Tuere Sala, Seattle Insight Meditation Society
Tuere Sala is a retired prosecuting attorney who has practiced Vipassana meditation for over 25 years. She has been an active member and volunteer at Seattle Insight since 2001. In 2009, she was appointed to be a Local Dharma Leader and has often supported SIMS in unconventional ways such as answering the many letters SIMS receives from practitioners in prison; offering beginning classes at Angeline Women’s shelter and Jubilee House, a women’s transitional house; and facilitating workshops using nonviolent communication (NVC) to support a mindfulness practice.
Tuere believes that urban meditation is the foundation for today’s practitioner’s path to liberation. She is inspired by bringing the Dharma to nontraditional places and is a strong advocate for practitioners living with high stress, past trauma and difficulties sitting still. Her teachings reflect an approach to Dharma that is both easy to follow and understand – making it accessible to everyone.