The Richness of Diversity

Coming full circle

Gina Sharpe

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Dharma, Color, and Culture: New Voices in Western Buddhism
Hilda Gutiérrez Baldoquín, editor
Berkeley: Parallax Press, 2004
200 pp.; $16.00 (paper)
 

"Dharma is coming full circle—to the ears, hands, and hearts of people of color where it began many centuries and generations ago in the time of the Buddha. This is a crucial pivoting point.” So says Kamala Masters in her foreword to this timely new compilation of essays, Dharma, Color, and Culture: New Voices  in Western Buddhism, edited by Hilda Gutiérrez Baldoquín. Each of the twenty-six contributors, racially diverse and of different Buddhist traditions, establishes the precious connection to the fundamental truth of the dharma: From the experience of even the most profound suffering, our minds and hearts can flower into wisdom and compassion.

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