Black & Buddhist : what Buddhism can teach us about race, resilience, transformation & freedom

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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.
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this excellent anthology, meditation instructor Yetunde (The Inheritance) and psychologist Giles (The Arts of Contemplative Care) collect works by Black Buddhist practitioners that explore racial trauma and resilience through the practices of Buddhism. The eight authors cover such diverse Buddhist traditions as Zen, Shambhala, Tibetan, and Theravadan--framed by Yetunde and Giles's assertion that Buddhism is "a path to de-caste or decolonize one's mind" while nurturing resilience despite trauma. The Black experience is the centerpiece in this text, and all of the volume's authors grapple with the suffering tied to their racialization. Giles opens with an essay on how the Black American experience parallels the Buddha's own journey: "The legacy of black enslaved bodies is a powerful example of the enduring spirit of resistance and love that serves as a reminder that freedom is possible." Sebene Selassie explores how Western "exoticizing and patronizing tropes" toward Asian religions have distorted their true meaning and often caused disconnection from one's heritage. This timely exploration brings a much-needed contribution of Black voices to Buddhist popular literature. (Dec.)"
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Subjects Buddhism -- United States.
African Americans -- Religion.
Publisher Boulder, Colorado :2020
Edition First edition.
Contributors Yetunde, Pamela Ayo, editor.
Giles, Cheryl A., editor.
Ferguson, Gaylon Jules, writer of foreword.
Language English
Description xxxii, 189 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-183).
ISBN 9781611808650
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