Black Buddhism and Black Liberation
with Rima Vesely-Flad
September 20, 2022
This presentation explores the distinctive practices of Black Buddhist teachers in multiple lineages as they address an oppressive social context in the U.S. These practices include healing of intergenerational trauma; honoring ancestors and the land; and turning towards the Black body as a vehicle for liberation. Finally, Professor Vesely-Flad examines how Buddhist teachings and practices are congruent with the emphasis on psychological liberation in the Black Radical Tradition.
There will be time for questions and discussion.
Rima Vesely-Flad’s most recent publication is Black Buddhists and the Black Radical Tradition: The Practice of Stillness in the Movement for Liberation.
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Rima Vesely-Flad, Ph.D., is a Visiting Professor of Buddhism and Black Studies at Union Theological Seminary, and previously an Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy 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, and most recently, Black Buddhists and the Black Radical Tradition: The Practice of Stillness in the Movement for Liberation, NYU Press.
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