Unpacking the Invisible

We invite the Sangha to participate in an event (on Zoom) exploring Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Access (DEIA) at Seattle Soto Zen. Instead of the regular schedule, we will meet at 9:00 for one period of zazen, followed by kinhin at 9:25. At 9:35, we will transition to the DEIA event with an exercise presented by Kanshin Allison Tait. We will then break into small groups to discuss the exercise, and finally return to the large group to brainstorm DEIA strategies for the future of SSZ.

This is a session to investigate how we perceive ourselves and each other in the world: what we see, what we are unaware of, and how to begin to unpack the impacts on our community. Our goal is to welcome more people into SSZ’s growing sangha, expanding the circle of community and belonging.

Please look over this article beforehand:

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

Please “bring” with you:

The Social Identity Wheel in our Event Folder

The Social Identity Wheel is one way we can practice seeing aspects of how we engage in the world. It can be used to notice how we identify ourselves and what aspects we don’t consider. Some are by our choice and others are not. The aspects of ourselves that we don’t think about can be just as important as the parts we do consider. We will be using this wheel in our exercise on Sunday so please have it available.

For the breakout discussions please keep in mind some guiding statements as we lean into some potentially difficult conversations.

–We will cultivate willingness to sit with discomfort.
–We will be mindful of distancing behaviors and open to having them pointed out.
–Each of us will be mindful of our own tendencies to take up space in conversation or to sit on the periphery. As we reflect on our own engagement, we will ask ourselves “Why am I talking?” and “Why am I not talking?”
–We will check in if something isn’t clear and will be open to others checking in with us.
–We will not engage in personal attacks.
–When one of us gets flooded or overwhelmed, we will remind ourselves and each other that we don’t have to hold it alone.
–We will strive to call each other in as opposed to calling each other out.

Additional Resources:

The Maras of Privilege (Lion’s Roar)
Agreements for Multicultural Interactions (East Bay Meditation Center)

To join the discussion, use the Sunday practice Zoom link.

The event is finished.


Oct 03 2021


9:30 am - 11:30 am

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Oct 03 2021
  • Time: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Kanshin Allison Tait


Kanshin Allison Tait
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