I'd like to invite you to an exciting and important conversation with Rima Vesley-Flad on "The Emergence of Black Buddhism in the U.S," Thursday, 5-6:30pm Los Angeles time. Registration for Zoom link is here.
Description This talk illuminates the emergence of a distinct form of Buddhism in the U.S. as people of African descent gravitate towards dharma teachings. It explores the ways in which the field of Buddhism and Psychology is being challenged and expanded to recognize intergenerational trauma resulting from slavery; Black Buddhist practices that mirror indigenous and Asian ancestral practices; and the reclaiming of Black embodiedness in dharma discourses on liberation.
Dr. Rima Vesely-Flad (she/her) is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Social Justice, and the Director of Peace and Justice Studies, at Warren Wilson College. She is the author of Racial Purity and Dangerous Bodies: Moral Pollution, Black Lives, and the Struggle for Justice (Fortress Press, 2017). She has completed a second manuscript entitled Black Buddhists and the Black Radical Tradition: The Practice of Stillness in the Movement for Liberation (Forthcoming, NYU Press, 2021)
Karin MeyersHost, Buddhist Currents