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Black Buddhism

A research guide on Black Buddhism supporting the Black Buddhism Faculty Project of the Princeton University Center for Culture, Society, and Religion


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Adiele, Faith. Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun. New York: W. W. Norton, 2005.

Barnes, Steven, and Charles Johnson. The Eightfold Path. New York: Abrams ComicArts Megascope, 2022.

Brown, Valerie, Marisela B. Gomez, and Kaira Jewel Lingo. Healing Our Way Home: Black Buddhist Teachings on Ancestors, Joy, and Liberation. Berkeley, California: Parallax Press, 2024.

Cheah, Joseph. Race and Religion in American Buddhism: White Supremacy and Immigrant Adaptation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Craig, Ralph H. Dancing in My Dreams: A Spiritual Biography of Tina Turner. Library of Religious Biography. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2023.

Dews, Angela. Still, in the City: Creating Peace of Mind in the Midst of Urban Chaos. New York: Skyhorse, 2018.

Ferguson, Gaylon. Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as a Direct Path of Awakening. Boulder, CO: Shambhala, 2016.

———. Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With. Boston, MA: Shambhala, 2010.

———. Welcoming Beginner’s Mind: Zen and Tibetan Buddhist Wisdom on Experiencing Our True Nature. Boulder: Shambhala Publications, 2024.

Gleig, Ann. American Dharma: Buddhism beyond Modernity. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2019.

Gutiérrez Baldoquín, Hilda, ed. Dharma, Color, and Culture: New Voices in Western Buddhism. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press, 2004.

hooks, bell. Bell Hooks: The Last Interview and Other Conversations. Last Interview Series. Brooklyn: Melville House, 2023.

Johnson, Charles. Oxherding Tale. New York: Plume, 1995.

———. ​​​​​​​Taming the Ox: Buddhist Stories and Reflections on Politics, Race, Culture, and Spiritual Practice. Boston, MA: Shambhala, 2014.

———. Turning the Wheel: Essays on Buddhism and Writing. New York: Scribner, 2003.

Johnson, Kate. Radical Friendship: Seven Ways to Love Yourself and Find Your People in an Unjust World. Boulder, CO: Shambhala, 2021.

Kakuyo, Alex. Perfectly Ordinary: Buddhist Teachings for Everyday Life. Self-published, 2020.

King, Ruth. Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out. Boulder, CO: Sounds True, 2018.

Lingo, Kaira Jewel. We Were Made for These Times: Ten Lessons on Moving through Change, Loss, and Disruption. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press, 2021.

Magee, Rhonda. The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities through Mindfulness. New York: Penguin, 2019.

Majied, Kamilah. Joyfully Just: Black Wisdom and Buddist Insights for Liberated Living. Boulder, Colorado: Sounds True, 2024.

Malone, Calvin. Razor-Wire Dharma: A Buddhist Life in Prison. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2008.

Manuel, Zenju Earthlyn. Opening to Darkness: Eight Gateways for Being with the Absence of Light in Unsettling Times. Boulder, Colorado: Sounds True, 2023.

———. Sanctuary: A Meditation on Home, Homelessness, and Belonging. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2018.

———. Tell Me Something About Buddhism: Questions and Answers for the Curious Beginner. Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing, 2011.

———. The Deepest Peace: Contemplations from a Season of Stillness. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press, 2020.

———. The Shamanic Bones of Zen: Revealing the Ancestral Spirit and Mystical Heart of a Sacred Tradition. Boulder, CO: Shambhala, 2022.

———. The Way of Tenderness: Awakening through Race, Sexuality, and Gender. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2015.

Mason-John, Valerie, ed. Afrikan Wisdom: New Voices Talk Black Liberation, Buddhism, and Beyond. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2021.

———. Detox Your Heart: Meditations for Healing Emotional Trauma. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Books, 2017.

———. First Aid Kit for the Mind: Breaking the Cycle of Habitual Behaviours. Cambridge, UK: Windhorse Publications, 2024.

———. I Am Still Your Negro: An Homage Paid to James Baldwin. Edmonton, Alberta: University of Alberta Press, 2020.

Mason-John, Valerie, and Paramabandhu Groves. Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction. Cambridge, UK: Wind Horse Publications, 2014.

Masters, Jarvis Jay. Finding Freedom: How Death Row Broke and Opened My Heart. Boulder, CO: Shambhala, 2020.

———. That Bird Has My Wings: The Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row. New York: HarperOne, 2010.

Nittle, Nadra. Bell Hooks’ Spiritual Vision Buddhist, Christian, and Feminist. Minneapolis, Minnesota: 1517 Media, 2023.

Owens, Lama Rod. Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation through Anger. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2020.

———. The New Saints: From Broken Hearts to Spiritual Warriors. Boulder, CO: Sounds True, 2023.

Petty, Sheryl. Ocha Dharma: The Relationship between Lucumi, an African-Based Tradition and Buddhist Practice. North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2016.

Pressley-Sanon, Toni. Lifting as They Climb: Black Women Buddhists and Collective Liberation. First edition. Boulder: Shambhala, 2024.

Selassie, Sebene. You Belong: A Call for Connection. New York: HarperOne, 2020.

Steele, Ralph. Tending the Fire: Through War and the Path of Meditation. Maui, Hawai’i: Sacred Life Publishers, 2014.

Vesely-Flad, Rima. Black Buddhists and the Black Radical Tradition: The Practice of Stillness in the Movement for Liberation. New York: New York University Press, 2022.

Wade, Breeshia. Grieving While Black: An Antiracist Take on Oppression and Sorrow. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2021.

Ward, Larry. America’s Racial Karma: An Invitation to Heal. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press, 2020.

Washam, Spring. A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage, and Wisdom in Any Moment. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press, 2017.

———. The Spirit of Harriet Tubman: Awakening from the Underground.  London (UK): Hay House UK LTD, 2023.

williams, angel Kyodo. Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace. New York: Viking Compass, 2000.

williams, angel Kyodo, Rod Owens, and Jasmine Syedullah. Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2016.

Willis, Jan. Dharma Matters: Women, Race, and Tantra. Boston, MA: Shambhala, 2020.

———. Dreaming Me: An African American Woman’s Spiritual Journey. New York: Riverhead Books, 2001.

Yancy, George, and Emily McRae. Buddhism and Whiteness: Critical Reflections. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019.

Yetunde, Pamela Ayo. Buddhist-Christian Dialogue, U.S. Law, and Womanist Theology for Transgender Spiritual Care. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

———. Casting Indra’s Net: Fostering Spiritual Kinship and Community : Wisdom from Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and More. First Edition. Boulder, Colorado: Shambhala, 2023.

———. Object Relations, Buddhism, and Relationality in Womanist Practical Theology. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

Yetunde, Pamela Ayo, and Cheryl Giles. Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us about Race, Resilience, Transformation, and Freedom. Boulder, CO: Shambhala, 2020.