On Feb. 20, Devon Matsumoto (President) and KC Mukai (Content and Outreach Coordinator) from The Young Buddhist Editorial gave a presentation at the BCA National Council Meeting held virtually over Zoom.
There were more than 100 participants from a wide range of locations, temples, and sanghas. We were thrilled to be met with much enthusiasm from the workshop attendees, and we appreciated all the insightful questions.
The Young Buddhist Editorial is a platform for the expression of young Buddhists and a safe space where young Buddhists can foster growth, community, and interconnectedness while creating a dialogue between young Buddhists and other generations of Buddhists.
At the National Council meeting, we felt we did just that in being able to converse with experienced members and ministers of the BCA in their interest and excitement for our organization. The workshop began with an introductory presentation about how YBE started, our vision and mission, as well as some of our current and past projects, followed by a Q&A portion.
Our workshop participants were curious about YBE’s approaches to diversity, representation, and inclusion. While we currently consist of primarily Japanese American Jodo Shinshu Buddhists, we recognize that this is one of our areas of growth.