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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

Black and Buddhist Summit Presentations

Presentations from the Black & Buddhist Summit hosted by The Awake Network.

Day 1:

Rhonda Magee, MA, JD , Rima Vesely-Flad, PhD and Pamela Ayo Yetunde, JD, ThD: Buddhism, Oppression, and Justice
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Pamela Ayo Yetunde, JD, ThD and Spring Washam: Opening Session
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Day 2:

Suryagupta, Sebene Selassie and Dawa Tarchin Phillips: Black & Buddhist: Awakening in the African Diaspora
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Ruth King and Pamela Ayo Yetunde, JD, ThD: Wholeness Is No Trifling Matter: Race, Faith, and Refuge
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Day 3:

Fresh “Lev” White, Justin F. Miles, MA, LCPC-S, LGAD-S and Dawa Tarchin Phillips: Blackness, Buddhism, and Masculinity
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Day 4:

Larry Ward and Pamela Ayo Yetunde, JD, ThD: America's Racial Karma: An Invitation to Heal
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Day 6:

Shanté Paradigm Smalls, PhD, Angela Dews, and Valerie Brown, JD, MA, PCC: Black Buddhist Writing
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Arisika Razak and Rachel Bagby: Embodying Our Wholeness with Ritual, Guided Imagery, Movement & Voice
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Day 7:

Claudelle Glasgow, PSYD, PLLC, Kamilah Majied, PhD, and Breeshia Wade: Blackness, Buddhism, and Trauma
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Day 8:

Vimalasara Mason-John and Pamela Ayo Yetunde, JD, ThD: Closing Session
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Presentations and Discussions on Black Buddhism

Black & Buddhist in America
Union Theological Seminary 
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Join the conversation with 15 leading African American Buddhist teachers. This unprecedented public event brings together 15 leading Buddhist teachers of black African descent from across the country to talk about dharma, the state of the world, and what it means to be a black Buddhist in America today.

Black And Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us about Race, Resilience, Transformation, and Freedom (Author Discussion)
Harvard Divinity School 
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Buddhism is a way of life, a philosophy, a psychology,  a set of ethics, a religion, or a combination thereof. Central to the many ways Buddhism is understood is the achievement of emotional, mental, and psychological wellness. African Americans are at perpetual risk of psychological imbalance and trauma due to the social realities of racism in the United States. The authors engage the question: What can Buddhism offer African Americans who want to be emotionally resilient in a context they cannot singlehandedly change?

Dharma and Justice: Black Buddhists and the Black Radical Tradition
Union Theological Seminary 
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Dr. Rima Vesely-Flad and Dr. Toni Pressley-Sanon will gather virtually to discuss Dr. Vesely-Flad’s newly released publication, Black Buddhists and the Black Radical Tradition: The Practice of Stillness in the Movement for Liberation.