seeker242 wrote:It would seem so. Our sangha here in South Florida is about 1/2 full of minorities. Black, latino, asian mostly. Race is not even an issue. Nobody cares what race other people are. The Korean born laity of the temple, don't care either. If Buddhism has a race problem, that's news to me! But, South Florida is a fairly integrated area to begin with, over 60% of the population is "minority" to begin with.
My town's mostly hispanic with a lot of caucasians.
There are some black people, middle easterners, and (east, southeast, and south) asians as well, but not as heavily represented.
It makes me kind of sad if people aren't comfortable in a group just because of racial representation.
Every group I've ever been to has gone out of their way to be welcoming to new people, regardless of their background.
At the same time, I have to wonder if the comfort level is all in their head, and their own grasping at a racial identity.
I think the numbers at which certain ethnic groups are represented in Buddhism has more to do with culture than anything else.
One doesn't have to look any further than the most recent Spike Lee movie to see what a huge role black churches play in African American culture & communities.
It would make more sense to me if the people in the article had mentioned wanting to have a spiritual leader they could identify with, rather than being so judgmental about the whole sangha over who else is in the audience.