Diversity & Inclusion

Tara Mandala is thrilled to launch a new fund for Diversity & Inclusion. Thanks to a generous anonymous gift, we have been able to seed this new fund and to increase the EVADA Scholarship fund.

Karla and Chandra
Karla Jackson-Brewer and Chandra Easton

Diversity & Inclusion Council

In late 2014, Lama Tsultrim initiated an exploration of how Feeding Your Demons™ could be applied to our personal and cultural demons of racism, privilege, and oppression. She invited Karla Jackson-Brewer, Lopön Chandra Easton, and Rev. Jamil Scott to develop a curriculum, and in January 2015 they launched a series called “Compassionately Awake to Oppression and Privilege” in the San Francisco Bay Area. Now we continue to find ways to use our Dharma practice and tools in the critical process of ‘waking up’ in the world.

In the Fall of 2015, Tara Mandala established the Diversity & Inclusion Council to address issues of underrepresentation of people from different cultural, racial, sexual orientation, and social backgrounds in the Dharma and at Tara Mandala. The Council includes Lopön Chandra Easton, Karla Jackson-Brewer, Christine Ho and Josephine Doig.

We work to create an environment where the richness of diverse perspectives, backgrounds and life experiences are appreciated and welcomed. We support the expression and experience of cultural literacy. We offer training to our staff and volunteers and resources that strengthen the cultural literacy of our community-at-large.

The purpose of the Diversity & Inclusion Council is:

  • To promote cultural literacy in our sangha
  • To bring the Dharma principles of compassion, love, wisdom and interdependence into our relationships and practice path
  • To foster diversity in the Dharma, specifically at Tara Mandala and her satellite sanghas around the world
  • To become a place of refuge and healing for those who have been marginalized

Fund for Diversity & Inclusion

We are honored to launch our Fund for Diversity & Inclusion, made possible by an anonymous donation in 2015. The Fund will be used to give scholarships to retreatants at Tara Mandala.

The Fund for Diversity & Inclusion is for people of color and/or those who have experienced underrepresentation due to their gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social class, and ethnicity.

Scholarship funds can be applied to our programs. For a listing of these programs, please click here.

For more information about applying for a scholarship through the Fund for Diversity & Inclusion, please click here to visit our Financial Aid page.