Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, And Liberation
  • Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, And Liberation
  • Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, And Liberation
ISBN: 1623170982
EAN13: 9781623170981
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 14, 2016
Pages: 248
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 7.9" L x 5.4" W
Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Igniting a long-overdue dialogue about how the legacy of racial injustice and white supremacy plays out in society at large and Buddhist communities in particular, this urgent call to action outlines a new dharma that takes into account the ways that racism and privilege prevent our collective awakening. The authors traveled around the country to spark an open conversation that brings together the Black prophetic tradition and the wisdom of the Dharma. Bridging the world of spirit and activism, they urge a compassionate response to the systemic, state-sanctioned violence and oppression that has persisted against black people since the slave era. With national attention focused on the recent killings of unarmed black citizens and the response of the Black-centered liberation groups such as Black Lives Matter, Radical Dharma demonstrates how social transformation and personal, spiritual liberation must be articulated and inextricably linked.

Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, and Jasmine Syedullah represent a new voice in American Buddhism. Offering their own histories and experiences as illustrations of the types of challenges facing dharma practitioners and teachers who are different from those of the past five decades, they ask how teachings that transcend color, class, and caste are hindered by discrimination and the dynamics of power, shame, and Read More chevron_right

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   Life changing
Radical Dharma Talking Race, Love and Liberation This is a book about how three people used meditation and practice to transform themselves in the face of America's race illness and how they are now working on rescuing others and the world. I got to listen through the pain they faced and then to live and breathe as they brought their learnings into dialogs around the country on race, love and liberation. There were moments when I put the book down and said Damn just. Here is so much truth. A must read :
   Crack open whiteness in North American Buddhism
We need this in the dharma community, in the white dharma community. As a queer white buddhist woman, I can both connect to big parts of this book and also know that so much of it will never be my experience.
   Too big a font to read
Point 44 : I could read this from across the room, but I don 't think I can read it in my hands. I don 't know how many stars to give it because it is seriously too big a font. I 'll read the middle in the belief of other reviewers who choose it just for the sake of reading it.
   The most powerful + needed conversation on race
Radical Dharma is the conversation about the race that must be on every bookshelf. These three authors are the living example of what liberation is really like within the world of Dharma and outside Dharma as well. They also continue beyond the book as racial teachers to shine a bright light on the white injustice and racial supremacy that exists within our systems. Love is the pounding heart of this book on race and justice. What a gem!
   The most important book I’ve read all year.
What is to do today as a sentient and somewhat conscious being on this troubled planet? When you are stuck in rage and paralyzed by fear, reading this book may be helpful. Its authors discuss the work that they have done and continue to do in Buddhist communities. They address race, gender, sexual orientation, the class and religious background from their own life experience, as well as the broader context of American history and the history of Buddhist communities in the United States. They discuss the connections between political practice, community and individual activism. And that they do so in ways that are accessible to anyone who seeks liberation from the false ideas of separate identity. I think that a basic understanding of Buddhist doctrine would probably be helpful to readers, but I found the writing very clear ; a short glossary is included at the end of the book. We are either Buddhist or not here. What would happen if we lived in Radical Dharma?