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Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace (Compass) Paperback – January 8, 2002
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Kyodo Williams offers a savvy yet tender voice as she walks readers through the basic principles of Zen. It's hard to resist her invitation to take on the numerous sensible vows that lead to enlightenment, such as staying true to the warrior spirit while "committing ourselves to practicing good." The bottom line is that this is a book about claiming the strength, compassion, and integrity that dwell within everyone. And although it speaks to the particular needs and trials of the African American community, readers of all colors and walks of life will find this an irresistible invitation. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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williams is a visionary leader of Transformative Social Change: applying inner awareness practice to broad-based social change. Calling for a paradigm shift that "changes the way change is done," angel envisions the building of a presence-centered social justice movement as the foundation for personal freedom, a just society and the healing of divisions of race, class, faith and politic. She notes, "Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters."
angel's work engages at the root, field and resource levels of social transformation. She is a master awareness trainer and has developed fearlessMeditation and fearlessYoga systems as nonreligious, practical, accessible alternatives to dominant culture. angel sits on the boards of Seasons Fund for Social Transformation, Seeds of Justice, Social Justice Leadership, Forest Ethics and YES!
Her work has been widely covered, including in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Ms., Essence, Village
Top Customer Reviews
"Being Black" is a book that should have been written years ago. Buddhism in the United States has all to often been seen as the repository of white intellectuals. Very few African-Americans were in its fold and Buddhism wasn't considered as an other option for the spiritual growth of Blacks. Angel Williams has opened the door to the Dharma and the invitation is out to come and explore Buddhism. She is not preachy nor does she disrespect other religious traditions. You are provided another way of viewing and developing your spirituality.
I thoroughly enjoyed her book and hope others will follow in examining, exploring and digesting its contents. Of special note are the varied resources and web sites that can be accessed to give you even more information. Her chapter on meditation and the varied postures is a gift well worth opening.
A Mexican-American male's perspective
After a few chapters it became evident that she realized the time had come in her life to move beyond the personal heartache of racism and injustice in America. That Zen could allow her to be in it, but not of it. Minimizing the sting and ugliness of racism from a purely personal phenomenon to a universal sickness in the one. No longer being totally consumed, but living a wisdom that is much greater then the screen or projector. She did a wonderful job of introducing Zen in a basic and simple manner. A format that should help African Americans or anyone else that is looking for a path.
I rated this book a 3 only because I had read the outcome before opening the cover. The outcome being that yeah we can talk about Blackness and the hardships endured, but once introduced to the wisdom of Zen. You have no choice but to move the debate from the centricity of I to the universality of we.
Ms. Williams keep up the good work and I pray and meditate that the African American Zen community continues to grow.
The Book is written in a language that is clear,to the point, and easy to understand. Free from the "psycho-babble" that some books on Buddhism tend to be bogged down with, 'Being Black..." is written in such a way that I felt the author empathized with other Black people who find themselves alone on the Buddhist path and in life.
Sharing in the problems we as Black people sometimes face in our family and social settings.Touching on the negative self talk that we sometimes indulge in.Showing how we can be our own worst enemies at times.
Don't get me wrong-anyone and just about everyone can benefit from reading this book, regardless of race or spiritual path.
It teaches,inspires,comforts,and is even entertaining in some parts.
I highly recommend this book to all who are on a spiritual quest to improve their lives.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Laced with conservative rhetoric, I was ultimately disappointed from the read...Published 7 months ago by CoasttoCoast
I love this book! Clearly written with so much wisdom, humility and love. I have been reading it slowly, slowly...drinking into my meditation before sleep comes nightly. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Imani Tolliver
Learning about what being a Buddhist means from someone who is not a white academic is very liberating. Too much has been written from a very narrow, academic, view point. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Charles M. Stoy
This is a great book for anyone interested in learning more about buddhism, particularly if you are a person of color.Published 15 months ago by Erika C.
All about letting some of our Black shit go. We're at the boot heel of society, but it doesn't mean we can't give ourselves a little bit of a break. Read morePublished on November 26, 2012 by Amazon Customer