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In Response to the Killing of George Floyd...What Would Buddha Do? (part 1)

by Danadasa (2020)

On May 25 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit bill. As a result, we have witnessed world-wide protests demanding justice for black people. If the Buddha was alive today, what would he teach? What Would Buddha Do? Of course, the Buddha is no longer with us so we must turn to his teachings. What helpful advice can we extract from the Pali Canon? In this first talk given at the San Francisco Buddhist Center’s Sangha Night on July 1 2020, Danadasa explores how our perceptions are distorted by our greed, hatred and delusion, including themes from the Vipallasa Sutta (AN 4.49), the Girimānanda Sutta (AN 10:60), the Mahavedalla Sutta (MN 43), and the Bhumija Sutta (Samyutta Nikaya 12.25). NOTE: this talk was recorded online and the quality is intermittently not so good.