I don't know, my relationship to this stuff is deeply personal and goes back over a decade, but I'm more involved with a temple than I ever have been. L.A. especially is cool because there are older Latino dudes who actually represent this city, but they're still grossly outnumbered by white folks from every white 'burb at the edges of the county. It sucks.
Part of that is literally the lineage and history of who got involved with the Zen buddhists in particular, especially out here on the west coast, when they first got here. Temples needed patrons and flower children with trust funds ate this stuff up without needing any other context, if we're being honest. That line of people never died off, it has the deepest roots, so it makes sense that those are the kind of people who are predominant.
Being a white buddhist is pretty weird. When I sit through meetings with other people at the temple I'm currently involved with, it's 80% white people who look like they're retired and most of them seem wealthy.
I've been at other gatherings where it's "only" like 70%, and there are some people my age who are queer or Latinx (I've never seen a Black person, it's pretty fucked up) and we actually talk about racism and stuff but... I don't know, it's frustrating.
Positive learning environments with people supporting each other even though something is sort of massively intellectually daunting are the SHIT.
We also agreed to analyze our games in this tourney, so we spwnt longer analyzing than playing, which was cool.
(nvm I'll wave tomorrow when I'm back around)
I've got a licensing deal with Kenny Beats for all my Toots so you have to say "Woah Kenny!" before you read each one.
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