Reverend angel Kyodo Williams, Sensei: Race, Love, & Liberation
The following is a live Twitter summary of her talk in Durham, North Carolina, on October 28th, 2016:
Reverend angel Kyodo Williams, Sensei
“Ordained as a Zen priest, Reverend angel Kyodo Williams is a Sensei, the second black woman recognized as a teacher in her lineage. She is a social visionary that applies wisdom teachings and practice to social issues. She sees Transformative Social Change as America’s next great movement. She is an early shaper and leading voice in that work and coined the name for the field. In recognition of her work, Rev. angel received the first Creating Enlightened Society Award from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the leader of the international Shambhala Community.
For over 15 years, she has deeply invested her time and energy to putting into practice her unwavering belief that the key to transforming society is transforming our inner lives. She has developed comprehensive systems for illuminating both practical personal change and the profoundly liberating potential of mindfulness, yoga, and somatic practices coupled with wisdom teachings. Calling for a paradigm shift that “changes the way change is done,” angel envisions the building of a presence-centered social justice movement as the foundation for personal freedom, a just society and the healing of divisions of race, class, faith and politic.” — From her bio.
Connect with Reverend angel Kyodo Williams, Sensei, here.
“Far from depending on mere altruism, the only real path to a true culture of welcoming and inclusivity is committing to your own wholeness. Rev. angel Kyodo Williams looks at the conventional wisdom of inclusivity and returns “disruption” to its rightful place as an act of bravery. Abandoning “being good” as motivation and guilt as distraction, she points to uncovering our natural desire to be connected as the source of living and leading from the heart.”
The next day, Reverend angel Kyodo Williams, Sensei, responded: