Racial and Social Justice Dinner and Discussion

Please join us for a potluck dinner and conversation to address an issue that is more relevant now than ever.

Where: Worcester Zen Temple, 1030 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01602
When: Saturday, October 21, 4 pm
Please RSVP to Cheryl Morrow at 401-617- 5353 or email cheryl.morrow@wwprocesstraining.com

Topic: Buddhist Women and Sexism
Do sexist and misogynistic attitudes show up more often now? How do you feel about the way our female senators are treated during public proceedings? How would you feel if you had to work alongside the engineer at Google who posted a manifesto declaring that women are unfit to be engineers?

What does it feel like to be the only woman in the room? Have there been times when you did not feel validated as a contributing member of a group? Have you ever felt that others were “putting you into a box” to fit their preconceived notion of your abilities and talents?  How can women support each other in these type of situations? How can women shift the culture within organizations toward greater fairness without causing others to feel threatened? How can we use this unique insight and this special opportunity to awaken to a greater potential for the benefit of all beings?

Guest Speaker: Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi
As a beloved teacher in Boundless Way Zen, Melissa Blacker has deep insight into the situation that many women face who enter male-dominated fields.

Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi, is the Abbot of Boundless Way Zen, a Soto Zen priest, and is a resident teacher at Boundless Way Temple. She also has a private practice in contemplative counseling.
Previously, she was the associate director of the Stress Reduction Clinic, and a director of professional training and education programs at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester.