"love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters."
In this 2011 Buddhadharma Forum, Larry Yang, Amanda Rivera, Bob Agoglia, and Rev. angel Kyodo Williams discuss how to foster meaningful diversity in American Buddhism.
I would wager that every Buddhist enjoys the story about Hui-neng, the sixth patriarch of Zen, who presented himself as a poor “commoner from Hsin-chou of Kwangtung” to the abbot of Tung-shan monastery in the Huang-mei district of Ch’i-chou in hopes of study, and was rebuked by the abbot with these words: “You are a native of Kwangtung, a barbarian? How can you expect to be a buddha?” Hui-Neng replied, “Although there are northern men and southern men, north and south make no difference to their buddha-nature. A barbarian is different from Your Holiness physically, but there is no difference in our Buddha-nature.”
Read the full interview here: https://www.lionsroar.com/road-to-diversity/
This prophetic conversation, which Rev. angel Kyodo Williams had with Krista in 2018, is an invitation to imagine and nourish the transformative potential of this moment — toward human wholeness. On Being’s Krista Tippett says: “(angel Kyodo Williams) is one of our wisest voices on social evolution and the spiritual aspect of social healing. angel Kyodo Williams is an esteemed Zen priest and the second black woman ever recognized as a teacher in the Japanese Zen lineage. To sink into conversation with her is to imagine and nourish a transformative potential of this moment towards human wholeness.”
Rev. angel, joined by Aqeela Sherrill and Jasmine Syedullah, PhD, discuss on the impacts of our racialized experiences and the role of radical dharma in social justice.
Join Rev. angel and Arisa White in this convening. The two discuss sustaining their creative practices that honor their beings and queer Blackness.