Tattooed Buddha: Panel on Sexual Misconduct
[Editor: I’d like to bring attention to the good work at the Tattooed Buddha Project, which features a blog and a podcast. The Project is a collective work of several men and woman who write and discuss dharma practice and dharma culture. Many of the contributors are/were practitioners in the Against the Stream and Dharma Punx movement. What I like about their work is that it is that it is teaching from the experience of ordinary practitioners. It’s not about celebrity dharma teachers who are always featured in mainstream Buddhist journals, always published by the Buddhist press, always sitting at the front of the room in a meditation session. It’s teaching spiced with their experiences of everyday life as parents, as workers, as artists, as people who struggle with the shadows of human experience. It’s teaching that is funny and real, spiced with a street-wise sensibility. Even the Tattooed Buddha podcast is presented as a collective conversation among friends. I’d like to see a lot more of this peer-to-peer dharma sharing.]
The following is a recorded video conference between three women associated with Against the Stream who are responding to Noah Levine’s Facebook video addressing allegations of his sexual misconduct and its impact on Against the Stream.
From the Tattooed Buddha Project website:
In response to the recent live address by Noah Levine of Against the Stream, Buddhist women sit down to discuss their feelings and responses on sexual misconduct in the community and our culture.
With the advent of the #Metoo movement, women have been coming forward more and more, demanding respect and clearer boundaries. This is a phenomenon that is widespread, effecting not only our workplaces, but our entertainment industries, our politics and even our spiritual communities.
In this panel, we discuss the power imbalance, the difficulty a victim has in coming forward, the gray areas that often surround these situations and how that impacts the situation on all sides.