Black And Buddhist : What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Race, Resilience, Transformation, And Freedom by Unknown author
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Gold Nautilus Book Award Winner
Leading African American Buddhist teachers offer lessons on racism, resilience, spiritual freedom, and the possibility of a truly representative American Buddhism.
What does it mean to be Black and Buddhist?
In this powerful collection of writings, African American teachers from all the major Buddhist traditions tell their stories of how race and Buddhist practice have intersected in their lives.
The resulting explorations display not only the promise of Buddhist teachings to empower those facing racial discrimination but also the way that Black Buddhist voices are enriching the Dharma for all practitioners.
As the first anthology comprised solely of writings by African-descended Buddhist practitioners, this book is an important contribution to the development of the Dharma in the West.
Black and Buddhist: Embracing Transformation and Freedom
In a panel discussion of the book “Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Race, Resilience, Transformation, and Freedom,” the authors and panelists discuss their personal experiences with Buddhism and its relevance to the black community. They emphasize the importance of mindfulness, resilience, and community support in overcoming the trauma and challenges faced by African Americans due to racism.
The authors reflect on their own journeys to Buddhism, sharing how they found solace and healing in the practice. They also explore the intersectionality between Buddhism and other aspects of their identity, such as being queer or a person of color.
Throughout the discussion, the panelists address the role of predominantly white sanghas in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for black and brown individuals. They emphasize the need for white Buddhists to educate themselves on racism and actively work towards dismantling it, while also supporting and amplifying the voices of black and brown Buddhists.
they highlight the transformative power of Buddhism in healing and liberation, emphasizing that the practice can help individuals embrace their true selves, find inner peace, and navigate the challenges of living in a racist society.