angel Kyodo Williams, activist, and Zen Sensei leads an engaging dialogue on race, Buddhism, and social change with the New York City Buddhist community. Part two of a two-part podcast. Listen to part one here.
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Called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, angel Kyodo Williams is an author, activist, and master trainer that has been bridging the worlds of spirit and justice since her critically acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace, signaled a shift in the perception of American Buddhism as all white and upper-middle class. The book was hailed as “an act of love” by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker, and “a classic” by Buddhist pioneer Jack Kornfield.
Currently one of only two black women Zen “Senseis” or teachers, she applies wisdom teaching to social issues and is a leading voice for Transformative Social Change. In recognition of her work, angel Sensei received the first Enlightened Society Award from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.