SESSION 5: THE MYTH OF CHRISTIAN AMERICA angel Kyodo Williams and Kelly Brown Douglas
Join in for this conversation, shared with Black Girl In Om Founder, Lauren Ash, Art Director, Deun Ivory, and the members of the Wellspring audience. Nearly everyone present for this conversation left feeling ready to really embrace liberation in their lives. As you do the same in yours, we know these words from Rev. angel Kyodo Williams will serve as a reminder to always do so with love.
In this conversation with Rev. Micheal-Ray Matthews, Rev. angel Kyodo Williams described love as the spaces and places where we are enabled and empowered to be free. Dr. Martin Luther King describes power as love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.
Real political change must be spiritual. Real spiritual practice has to be political. Buddhist teachers Sharon Salzberg and Rev. angel Kyodo Williams on how we can bring the two worlds together to build a more just and compassionate society.
Today’s guest on the podcast is an author, maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer and founder of Center for Transformative Change, Reverend angel Kyodo Williams. She has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and justice since the publication of her critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace, which was hailed as “an act of love” by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker and “a classic” by Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield. Her new book, Radical Dharma, explores racial injustice as a barrier to collective awakening.
“We are exploring a citizenship of solidarity in how we show up for each other. We’re joined today by Reverend angel Kyodo Williams, acclaimed author and Zen master, as we talk about holding the complexity of who we are in America and why meditation is not enough.”
Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams is in search of both mutable and immutable, universal truths. She shares her unwavering belief that every action needs to be seated in love for it to be effective and without harm. And she finds simple, profound, and amusing similarities between her practice and work and hosts Andrew’s mission to unstuff America by engaging citizens where they are most visibly stuck on stuff—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
If we are to uphold the dharma, says Rev. angel Kyodo williams, we must stand up to racism and expose its institutionalized forms—even in our Buddhist communities.
Rev. angel Kyodo Williams doesn’t like stereotypes. That’s not entirely surprising, since she also seems to enjoy shattering them. She’s a black queer woman in an American Buddhist tradition often steered by white men; a Buddhist operating in activist circles of mostly Christians and Jews; a leader of the Religious Left who doesn’t use the word “God.”
It turns out it’s not about love after all. It’s actually about stepping into you, being fully present with ourselves and the experience that we’re having