Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation


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Why this book? Why now?

From Rev. angel Kyodo williams: Radical Dharma is insurgence rooted in love, and all that love of self and others implies. It takes self-liberation to its necessary end by moving beyond personal transformation to transcend dominant social norms and deliver us into collective freedom.

If you’re like me, aware of the urgency of the moment—that is to say it has always been urgent, but we are increasingly aware of it—there will be something both strikingly hopeful and terribly dissatisfying about this book. I think that’s the right place to be.

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Radical Dharma: There is no neutral.

At this time when the Dharma is needed more acutely than ever—a time when our very existence is threatened as a result of our socially embedded greed, hatred, and ignorance—its expansive potential to liberate us from suffering is in danger of being rendered impotent because it is held in subjugation to the very systems that it must thoroughly examine.

…We are at a critical moment in the history of the nation, as well as within the Buddhist teaching and tradition in America. This is the “back of the bus” moment of our time. Fifty years after civil rights laws were laid down, it is clear that they were enshrined within a structure that continues to profit from anti-Black racism. The necessary bias that the system requires in order to be perpetuated has permeated our sanghas—our spiritual communities—and in this very moment, we are called to put aside business as usual. If you have ever wondered how you would have shown up in the face of the challenge put before white America when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, upending the accepted social order, now is the time you will find out.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ North Atlantic Books; Illustrated edition (June 14, 2016)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 248 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1623170982
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1623170981
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.6 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.5 x 8 inches