Day 1: Mindful Relationships

Day 1: Mindful Relationships 2017-05-21T18:35:08+00:00

Love, Justice, and Responsibility

Reverend angel Kyodo Williams

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What You’ll Learn:

  • Join in a fascinating exploration of interconnection and love
  • Explore mindfulness as a tool for cultivating our relationship with ourselves and others
  • Learn how our personal relationships relate to broader social justice and injustice

About Rev angel

Called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, angel Kyodo williams has been bridging the worlds of spirit and justice since 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. In 2016, Rev. angel published her second book, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation.

Now one of only three black women Zen “Senseis” or teachers, she applies wisdom teaching to social issues and is a leading voice for Transformative Social Change. In recognition of her work, angel Sensei 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.” Whether in writing, teaching or speaking, her voice is unique.

To learn more about Rev angel you can visit her website here.

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28 Comments

  1. JENNIFER THOMPSON May 19, 2017 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    This is so beautiful! So beautiful! This is humanity!

  2. carol anna mcbride May 19, 2017 at 10:10 am - Reply

    one of the deepest ‘connectors’, an exquisitely focused, kind, and yes, fierce teaching. I hope this one remains available to all online free. connecting the purpose of mindfulness to social justice, to who and how we are in the world… more of this please. this IS ‘the relationship’ we must all begin to embrace, examine, tease apart, alchemize.
    Highly recommend RADICAL DHARMA: Talking Race Love and Liberation, for all white practitioners, along with the work of Bell Hooks.

  3. Sol May 19, 2017 at 4:34 am - Reply

    Thank you! Excellent talk! You inspire on how to spread the love around.

    • Missy Schultz May 19, 2017 at 5:41 am - Reply

      LOVED LOVED your talk!!! Thank YOU!!!! xo

  4. Lenka May 19, 2017 at 1:06 am - Reply

    Thank you!!!!

  5. Kate May 18, 2017 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Thank you, angel.

  6. Jennifer Cisar May 18, 2017 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Thank you. Beautiful. Poignant. Poetic. A gentle call for fierce love and to much needed action. Thank you.

  7. Hafiz May 18, 2017 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    YES YES YES! many thanks for your grounded sense of love and passion.
    All are welcome- all feelings are welcome here.
    Thank you so much…

  8. Linda May 18, 2017 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Very insightful to me, how we/I view humanity and the cultural development around that view. Really opened my eyes to new ways of seeing and for that I thank Reverend Angel.

  9. Amy Garcia May 18, 2017 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Reverend Angel,
    Thank you so much for your session. Your quiet nature and strong sense of the division of love and justice was so inspiring to hear. I hope this recording will be made available so that I may have my students listen to this. You’re an amazing spirit on this chaotic planet. Thank you.

  10. Aaron May 18, 2017 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Phenomenal!!!

  11. Donna May 18, 2017 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Angel Sensei, 先生いつもどうもありがとうございます。thanks so much for your gentle natured way in helping us to understand the teachings. ???

  12. Carolina Rodriguez May 18, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your calm and the way you express

  13. angie May 18, 2017 at 11:24 am - Reply

    This changed me. <3 Thank you.

  14. Sonal May 18, 2017 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for this inspiring, crisp, and loving talk!

  15. Wendy May 18, 2017 at 10:45 am - Reply

    A clear understanding of what causes division. I am now inspired to read your books. Thank you.

  16. Emily May 18, 2017 at 9:48 am - Reply

    I liked the idea of Fierce love. I think there is a power in that and a way to proceed forward in the face of injustice.

  17. Lisa May 18, 2017 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Thank you for the teachings, angel Kyodo. The deeper understanding of justice is transforming. Transforming…

    And to the organizers and interviewers, as well, many bows and much gratitude to you all. -/lisa

  18. Aline May 18, 2017 at 9:09 am - Reply

    What a beautiful human being! What she says goes deep into my heart. I would feel blessed to have her as a friend.

  19. stephanie parrell May 18, 2017 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Such wonderful points. It will take a lot of work to change our society from that on punishment to healing. But it is important to start with ourselves. Thank you!

  20. Mary O'Meara May 18, 2017 at 5:53 am - Reply

    How wonderful to have such a voice which both loves and challenges, may we all aspire to find our own voice of courage and love, to be fearless.

  21. Chris May 18, 2017 at 1:55 am - Reply

    Thankyou – that was a great presentation. I am so thrilled to have listened to this. What a beautiful person. Thankyou so much xxx

  22. Lesley Pazdzioch May 17, 2017 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    There are not words created to describe the powerful meaning behind Reverend angel Kyodo Williams. This beautiful human being is the perfection of humanity!

  23. Dominique May 17, 2017 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    Beautifully inspiring. ❤️

  24. Phillip Brewster May 17, 2017 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Excellent presentation about love being action

  25. Melissa Lewis May 17, 2017 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    With deep gratitude for your humanity, Rev. angel. Thank you for the call to fundamental human goodness as an organizing principle. A society built upon trust in goodness and that honors love as a value is one in which I want to live. A personal thank you for your description of wrath as love; I’m comfortable in the “still waters” but am working on my willingness to disrupt.

  26. cece May 17, 2017 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    This! Yes, yes, and yes. Thank you.

  27. Ela May 17, 2017 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Reverend angel for your inspiring talk. For me, this is what stood out by far from this first day.

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