Dharma Punx SF stands against hate in all forms – racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, and ableism.
Dharma Punx SF stands against the intentional harm of innocent civilians on any continent.
Just since the time we shifted to an online format, encapsulated from the rest of the world via Zoom, we lived through a global pandemic, horrific acts of brutality and racism in the US, a surge in authoritarianism around the world, attacks on women’s healthcare, and multiple domestic events and international wars. And that’s the shortlist.
The Sangha is resilient.
The weekly Wednesday night sits are focused on exploring suffering and the end of suffering. Rarely do we discuss geopolitics, international conflicts, or politically charged events. We are informed by credible news sources and the voices in the room. The decision to focus primarily on the individual and the Sangha is not due to an unwillingness to address issues in our contested world. It is based on Dharma Punx SF’s mission statement which begins with the phrase, “Bring in the parts that don’t feel allowed out there…” This is an acknowledgement that we can create personal change now.
There are Buddhist groups that promote activism. That is a personal choice. Several Sangha members are involved in social justice activism, making music, creating art, supporting businesses, and healing others.
The dedication of merit includes well wishes for all beings everywhere. This is not a passive wish or prayer. It is derived from the very action of gathering and meditating. We all interact with people and ideas daily and can choose how to respond. When appropriate, compassion, empathy, and lovingkindness can lead.
Forgiveness may be more challenging when conflicts or acts of hate are common or ongoing. We don’t abandon the practice in the midst of personal or global crises. The sangha is a living and changing entity, one of the three jewels. Gathering together in the wholesome pursuit of learning more about oneself and others is cherished practice.
“We don't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts.” – Pema Chödrön.
We welcome everyone and understand that our personal work enables freedom from suffering. That includes minimizing greed, hatred, and delusion. We are confident that the transformation that comes from our practice has a positive impact on others. One person can make a difference in their community.
“Fear of something is at the root of hate for others and hate within will eventually destroy the hater. Keep your thoughts free from hate, and you need have no fear from those who hate you.” – George Washington Carver
“The weight of the world is love. Under the burden of solitude, under the burden of dissatisfaction.” – Allen Ginsberg.