Black Buddhism and Black Liberation—an evening at ZMM
with Rima Vesely-Flad
August 2, 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, this talk examines how Buddhist teachings and practices are congruent with the emphasis on psychological liberation in the Black Radical Tradition.
This seminar is also offered online and you can register for that here.
Rima’s most recent publication is Black Buddhists and the Black Radical Tradition: The Practice of Stillness in the Movement for Liberation.
*All visitors to the Monastery are required to be fully vaccinated and to either take a rapid test on arrival or stay masked during the presentation. This retreat is also being offered on-line, view it here.
*If traveling from a distance and overnight accommodations are needed, please contact the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-688-2228. As with all in-person retreats at the Monastery, overnight visitors are required to follow the current Covid protocol for keeping everyone safe (this link is updated frequently so check back).
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.
Learn more about Rima Vesely-Flad