Black and Buddhist - A Groundbreaking Book Release Party!

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Join us as we celebrate the release of "Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Race, Resilience, Transformation and Freedom."

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Center of the Heart, Shambhala Publications, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, The Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School, New York Insight Meditation Center, Upaya Institute and Zen Center, Dharma Relief, Common Ground Meditation Center, and Clouds in Water Zen Center invite you to a book release party for Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us about Race, Resilience, Transformation and Freedom (Shambhala Publications) on Wednesday, December 9th at 7 p.m. EST.

Black and Buddhist is a collection of essays from leaders in all the major Buddhist traditions. 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.

Join co-editors Pamela Ayo Yetunde and Cheryl A. Giles and authors Gaylon Ferguson, Gyozan Royce Andrew Johnson, Ruth King, Kamilah Majied, Lama Rod Owens, Lama Dawa Tarchin Phillips, and Sebene Selassie as they discuss the importance of being Black Buddhist leaders, writing, collective creativity, and spiritual communal care for the African-American community and beyond.

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 7 p.m. EST. on Zoom

Please register by Tuesday, December 8th.

Click here to read the first pages of the book.

Click here to read the Publishers Weekly book review.

Below are some of the endorsements received for Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us about Race, Resilience, Transformation and Freedom:

The voices of our Black Buddhist sisters and brothers come as a unique gift that – as I hear them - lets me borrow from their courage, wisdom and enduring hope. If we, as a society, are to move toward real health and well-being, let these voices of tested compassion and wisdom help lead the way!

~ Bill Aiken (Retired) Director of Public Affairs, Soka Gakkai International – USA Past-President and Chair, The Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington

Black lives that are Buddhist matter, and the new anthology edited by Pamela Ayo Yetunde and Cheryl A. Giles sees to it that the world knows about it. Being black and Buddhist has been a movement of awakening for decades. In this book, teachers share their experiences and teachings, unapologetically, of leaning into blackness while walking the ancient path of Buddha, a mystic who questioned the inequity of despair in his country. As you read, it becomes clear that these heart-filled essays serve as a new mandala of truth, love, and resistance. May the Dharma wheel continue to turn.

~ Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, author of The Deepest Peace: Contemplations from a Season of Stillness and The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality and Gender

From Gotama Buddha to George Floyd, this varied collection of inspiring essays offers us real insight into how Black Buddhists imagine, and seek to create, genuine freedom. This book is truly a feast—for our minds, and our hearts.

~ Jan Willis, author of Dharma Matters: Women, Race and Tantra and Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist and Buddhist

Black and Buddhist represents a seismic shift in sharing Dharma relevant to the breadth of human experience. Be cherished, be guided, be elevated, and be transformed by the profound wisdom and compassion of all these authors.

~ Larry Yang, author of Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community

Thank you,

Ayo, Kelley, and Miriam

Co-Founders, Center of the Heart

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