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"love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters."
In Episode 42 of the Metta Hour Podcast, “Rev Angel Kyodo Williams” Sharon has a conversation with Angel Kyodo Williams about political activism and spiritual practice. What is the interplay between activism and personal practice? In this talk recorded at the JCC in Manhattan, Sharon and Rev Angel Kyodo Williams, discuss the qualities of the two and what they bring to one another. On this week’s episode, we learn how to make radical change happen and love everyone in the process.
Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams, Sensei is a maverick dharma teacher, author, and founder of the Center for Transformative Change and co-author of her newest book, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love & Liberation. She applies wisdom teaching to intractable social issues at the intersections of climate change, racial and economic justice. By liberating our own hearts from all forms of marginalization, our wisdom and compassion will be liberated to inspire a truly transformed and awakened society. Rev. angel notes, “Love and Justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.”
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.”
What do we need to do to make a global shift? angel Kyodo williams addresses how separation and individualism is no longer a viable option and how the current global crisis creates an opportunity for shift to happen.
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.