A healthy Buddhist self that acts alongside hegemonic forms of power is one who holds identity and community/affinity in perspective, not as ontological absolutes, but as Skillful Means (upaya), and does not abandon them. Perhaps the wise practitioner finds or makes a safe space — in her home or church or neighborhood, alone or in a group — in which to let go of or soften essentialized identity in a way that doesn’t threaten the material and social well-being of her group. And emerging, she takes it up again, as necessary, in the struggle for justice and peace. I know that it is my hope, and the hope of those who teach Dharma, that our groups and classes are that safe space for oppressed people. And I know that we have far to go before this is really true.