refuge for whom and from what
"'...dharma has become beholden to commodification, viewing it as inescapable and de rigueur.'" And a path that "'prepares us for the discomfort of confronting the obscurations of the society we are individual expressions of.'"
~angel Kyodo williams in The Lion's Roar, in an article by José M. Tirado, "a Puertorican poet, Buddhist priest, and political writer living in Hafnarfjorður, Iceland, known for its elves, “hidden people” and lava fields."
"Why are Buddhist temples in the West all too often centers of relief for the upper to upper middle class Whites who can afford to pay hundreds of dollars for teachings with great masters?" (BUDDHISM’S NON-PREFERENTIAL PROBLEM n ACTIVISM by José M. Tirado)
Thanks to Whitney Sparks for sharing this article with me.