A Conversation on Radical Dharma with Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Talking Race, Love and Liberation

2017-2018 Rayborn Lindley Zerby Lectureship on Contemporary Religious Thought

Free and Open to the Public
Monday, November 13th, 4:00pm
Gomes Chapel, Bates College


Called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, angel Kyodo williams has been publicly bridging the worlds of spirit and justice since her critically acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. This literary debut was hailed as “an act of love” by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker and “a classic” by Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield. In 2016, Rev. angel published her second book, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation.

One of only three black, woman Zen Senseis (ordained teachers), she applies wisdom teaching to social issues and is a leading voice for Transformative Social Change. In recognition of her work, Rev. angel received the first ‘Creating Enlightened Society Award’ from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Both fierce and grounded, she is known for her willingness to both sit with and speak uncomfortable truths. angel notes, “Love and Justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” In writing, teaching or speaking, her unique voice is one of radical truth and acceptance.