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.”
“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 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.
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.
Poverty is a powerful stressor that influences growth and development in children, and physical and mental health throughout adulthood. What does neuroscience tell us about poverty’s impact? How can we better use social capital and other tools to prevent or reverse the effects?
Social capital “is the network and scaffolding, seen and unseen, that allows determined individuals to succeed,” writes the Aspen Institute’s Raj Vinnakota.
When I previously interviewed Rev. angel, for the January 2014 issue of The MOON, I was taken with several of her statements. “The only way the world is going to change the way we want it to, is for us to show up in that same way,” she said. “If we want sustainability in the world, we have to live in sustainable ways. If we want peace in the world, we have to live in peaceful ways. If we want justice in the world, we have to be just in all our dealings.”
Sharon Salzberg 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.