Powerful “Stand Against Suffering” Statement Released

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Lion’s Roar has posted a powerful statement by thirteen leading Buddhist teachers, and 100 additional signatories, calling on Buddhists and all people of faith to take a stand against Trump Administration policies that will create suffering for the most vulnerable in American society. Read the statement here: https://www.lionsroar.com/stand-against-suffering/

Women and self-disempowerment

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In my view, the insistence on wearing a pink hat with cat ears (a silly, diminutive girl-like image) and making it the symbol of this march was deeply problematic, yet expected. Women seem to have to make standing up and speaking out “safe”. I believe this need arises from a strong unconscious, acculturated habit of diminishment that women engage in when they seek power in a male-dominated society that objectifies women and their contributions. I knew the pink hat would be used by the media as a symbol of the march instead of the actual photos of millions of marchers. We give them the ammo they need to diminish us.