One Thousand Arms

One Thousand Arms hosts retreats and workshops, and provides organizational consulting services on how white people can use meditation as a tool to end racism. Created by Kara Dansky, Dismantling Racism with Meditation: Programs for White People is held at wellness and retreat centers all over the world. Inspired by the story of Quan Yin, a Buddhist deity who vowed to alleviate all suffering and grew one thousand arms in order to solve the world's problems, the vision of One Thousand Arms is the liberation of people from all forms of oppression.  


“Kara is a highly skilled meditation instructor and teacher. She inspires confidence in our students and helps them develop mindfulness and awareness. She is extremely knowledgeable on the topic of how to integrate meditation into everyday life.”
— - Jayne Sutton, Director, Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, D.C.

Kara Dansky

Kara Dansky is the creator of Dismantling Racism with Meditation: Programs for White People – courses designed to help white people use meditation as a tool for dismantling racism. Dansky is the founder and Managing Director of One Thousand Arms, a change-making organization that works with white people to dismantle racism. She is a certified meditation instructor who has used meditation to examine her own racial conditioning. Previously, she was a Special Advisor at the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice in New York, Senior Advisor at the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security, Senior Counsel at the ACLU, Executive Director at the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, and Staff Attorney at Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons. Kara received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University (both cum laude).

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