As Buddhism develops in the West, many groups and individuals are finding ways to include people from all ethnicities and cultures. This requires active effort as well as ongoing encouragement and support.
The intention of this publication is to provide an informational overview of what is currently occurring to support diversity in the realm of race/ethnicity in Insight Meditation Sanghas in the United States. Of course "diversity" is a very broad topic, including many other dimensions also (a few of which are socioeconomic status, gender, sexual and gender orientation, age, ability, size, etc). We have chosen just one dimension in order to have a focus in this publication.
We are focusing specifically on existing and deliberate activities related to ethnic diversity, but do also provide a short section on more informal preliminary and past efforts.