"love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters."
For the past month, we’ve been rolling out a series of speaker videos from the 2016 event. Rev. angel Kyodo williams is an author, activist, master trainer and founder of the Center for Transformative Change. She has been bridging the worlds of transformation and justice since releasing her critically acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. She is one of only three black women Zen “senseis” and applies wisdom teachings and embodied practice to intractable social issues at the intersections of climate change, racial and economic justice, and transformative social change.
Her 27 Days of Change online program and 3rd Way Leadership supports change-makers worldwide. Her newest book collaboration, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation was released on Juneteenth—a day that symbolizes and holds forth the promise of Black Liberation—of this year. Rev. angel notes, “Love and Justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.”
“As people who want to commit themselves to ‘world domination,’ it is our responsibility to have some kind of a practice while the world is going to hell in a handbasket, other than buying handbaskets.”
“Paradoxically, when the shit hits the fan, where your attention should go is not ‘How can I fix that?’ but ‘How can I work with me? How can I center myself? How can I ground myself? How can I be present?’”
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.”
Reverend Angel has extraordinary and actionable insights on how to stay grounded and sane through these trying times, and transform ourselves for the better as the world around us transforms. She is an activist, a Zen Buddhist priest, and the second only Black woman to be ordained as a Zen Buddhist teacher. She shares powerful techniques to find liberation, identify what matters, and use the pandemic and this unprecedented time as a powerful tool for personal growth.
A companion conversation the On Being episode that has been re-aired for a third time — Krista catches up with Rev. angel Kyodo williams on how she’s keeping her fearlessness alive through pandemic and rupture.
As many of you know Rev. angel rarely shares information about her birthday, but this year is different.
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