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Dixie DharmaInside a Buddhist Temple in the American South$
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Jeff Wilson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835456

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869970_wilson

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The Reality of Our Collective Karma

The Reality of Our Collective Karma

Slave Trade Meditation Vigil as Southern Buddhist Ritual

(p.185) Chapter Six The Reality of Our Collective Karma
Dixie Dharma

Jeff Wilson

University of North Carolina Press

Meditation vigils to remember the American slave trade are not a traditional form of Buddhist practice, nor have they featured prominently in mainstream southern religion. In this chapter, the slave trade meditation vigil in 2008 and how this event came about in Richmond are discussed. The goal of this vigil was to raise consciousness of Richmond's past—slave history, the practices of antebellum Richmond, and the specific locations in the city had been used for various facets of the slave trade. Another goal of this vigil was to increase awareness of racial issues and attitudes and stimulate concern toward resolving these problems.

Keywords:   meditation vigils, American slave trade, slave trade meditation vigil, antebellum Richmond, racial issues

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