Buddhists need to remember to care about all races of people. The desire to help liberate ALL beings from sufferings shouldn't just be mere words we recite.
PadmaVonSamba wrote:I like the original post to this thread, but I hope some day we can get beyond thinking that the human realm is actually made up of different 'races'.
TMingyur wrote:Luke wrote:Anyway, what are your thoughts about spreading the Dharma in Africa?
Another wave of missionaries.
Namdrol wrote:If Africa as a place has the merit to support Dharma, then it will flourish there. If not, then not.
mindyourmind wrote:Here in SA the Dharma is coming along nicely, in that slow but sure way the Dharma seems to have. I have been a practicing Buddhist now for eight years, and I can see some big changes just in that time alone.
Luke wrote:mindyourmind wrote:Here in SA the Dharma is coming along nicely, in that slow but sure way the Dharma seems to have. I have been a practicing Buddhist now for eight years, and I can see some big changes just in that time alone.
Hmm... I'm happy to hear that, but in a way that doesn't surprise me because South Africa seems to be the part of Africa which has had the most Anglo influences. Buddhist teachers have over the years customized their message to Anglo-American audiences and westerners who share similar cultural values, so talking these types of people is often easier for them.
I looked at the statistics, and according to Wikipedia, almost 80% of the people in South Africa are black. But what percentage of the members of Buddhist sanghas in South Africa are black? Are the Buddhist groups there (as they are in many other places) a rather elite group of people? And are most of the elites in South Africa still white?<--I truly don't know, so I ask this because of my lack of knowledge. For example, 14% of the population in the USA are black, but black people are rarely seen at Buddhist sanghas there.
Or am I wrong in assuming that white South Africans have more in common culturally with the Brits or the Australians than they do with any black Africans?
palchi wrote:I currently live in Namibia which is a big country with a tiny population (2 million in a country twice as big as Germany) and even this small population is very diverse.
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