Awareness: Using Inclusive Terminology at Jamyang London Buddhist Centre

Part of the cultural change at Jamyang London Buddhist Centre involves increasing awareness about some new language and terminology that we are using. We understand that language and inclusive terminology can be empowering, affirming and uplifting for certain social and cultural groups, as well for people’s gender identity or gender non-confirming status. We acknowledge that language evolves over time and that we at Jamyang London Buddhist Centre are also on a learning journey. Whenever possible, we are as specific as possible with our language and are committed to using inclusive terminology to avoid making assumptions about people’s identity, experience, or background.  

For example, in place of phrases such as ‘Person of Colour’ and ‘BAME’ When we cannot be specific, we say, ‘Black people and people in the Global Majority’. The term ‘Black people and people in the Global Majority’ does not centre whiteness and is also factually true – 85% of the world’s population make up the Global Majority. 

Inclusive terminology is language that is respectful and welcoming to people of all socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds, as well as sexual orientation and gender identities. It avoids stereotypes, biases, assumptions and harmful intent. Inclusive terminology is important because it helps to cultivate a more welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone. 

Here are some tips for using inclusive terminology: 

  • Avoid using language that is offensive or demeaning to people of any group. 
  • Be aware of the different ways that people identify themselves and use language that reflects those identities. 
  • Use gender-neutral language when possible. 
  • Avoid using jargon or acronyms that people may not be familiar with. 
  • Be respectful of people’s pronouns and use gender affirming language when asked. 
  • Ask questions if you are unsure about how to refer to someone. 

Inclusive terminology is always evolving. It is important to stay up to date on the latest guidelines, suggestions and policies regarding inclusive terms and references. 

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