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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."
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.
angel Kyodo williams, the "change angel," is Founder of the national Transformative Change, for which she now serves as a Senior Fellow and Director of Vision, and Founder Emeritus of Berkeley-based Center for Transformative Change. Both bridge inner and outer change for social justice activists towards wholeness, wellbeing and effective action. A social visionary and leading voice for transformative social change, she is the author of the critically-acclaimed Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace and co-author of the latest Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love & Liberation.
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