Reverend angel Kyodo williams

A weekend of Radical dharma: applying spiritual practice to racial justice with Reverend angel Kyodo williams
December 15-17, 2017

co-hosted with Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound and 8 Limbs


Called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei, is an author, maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer and founder of Center for Transformative Change. She has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and justice since the publication of her critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. Her book was hailed as “an act of love” by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker and “a classic” by Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield. Her newest book, Radical Dharma, explores racial injustice as a barrier to collective awakening.

Radical Dharma is an urgent call to dharma communities to wake from the habitual ways they and their members reproduce and sustain exclusion. Radical Dharma advocates a “new dharma” that deconstructs rather than amplifies systems of suffering, and prepares us to weigh the shortcomings not only of our own minds, but also of our communities. We can only accomplish shifts in awareness through radical honesty, a common ground where we can drop our need for perfection to speak and act from a place of deep vulnerability, and authentic presence. Regardless of how unpleasant this feels or how messy this looks, Radical Dharma emerges out this kind of disarmed honesty, just as a lotus emerges from the mud.

The workshop will serve to:

  • create a space where participants can practice radical honesty
  • create a space where historically marginalized voices in American sanghas are centered
  • investigate how “politics of dis-belonging” plays a role in silencing ourselves and others
  • equip participants with tools that can be taken back to their practices communities to continue the work creating radically inclusive and honest communities

Friday, Dec. 15 from 6-9pm: People of Color Caucus
This evening event is open to those who self identify as People of Color.
Cost: DONATION BASED. Please register here, and bring cash or check to the event.
Location: The Summit, 420 E. Pike St.

Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 16-17: Radical Dharma Teachings and Practice
This weekend is open to all.
Saturday: 9:30am-12:30pm & 2-5pm
Location: The Summit, 420 E. Pike St.
Sunday: 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Garfield Community Center, 2323 E. Cherry St.
Cost for both days (no partial registration, but you are welcome to attend only what you are able to):
Supporting: $250
Sustaining: $180
Supported: $70

To register on-line go here.

If you prefer to pay by check, please mail payment with email, name, and phone number to:
Rainier Beach Yoga
8311 48th Ave South
Seattle WA 98118

Register here.

Reverend angel Kyodo williams, author of Radical Dharma
Bridging the worlds of spirit and justice since her critically acclaimed first book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace, was hailed as “an act of love” by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker and “a classic” by Buddhist pioneer Jack Kornfield. She received the first “Creating Enlightened Society” Award from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and is a Senior Fellow for Faith and Social Justice at Auburn Seminary.

For Friday and Saturday: The Summit  at 420 E. Pike St.
For Sunday: Garfield Community Center at 2323 E. Cherry St.

Register here.

Accessibility information:
In order to make this event as inclusive as possible we ask that you:
Please refrain from using scented products including shampoos, laundry detergent and other personal products, including those with essential oils .
Be prepared to turn cell phones off completely during the event if possible.

The Summit and Garfield Community Center are located on the ground floor of 420 E. Pike St. and is wheelchair accessible.

There will be chairs set up for this event. If you prefer sitting or lying, please bring any props you wish to use.

The restrooms at The Summit and Garfield Community Center are gender-specific. Please use the restroom that best fits your gender.

Cancellation Policy:
Refunds of 90% up to five days prior to workshop. No refunds allowable after that time.