Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace (Compass)

Angel Kyodo Williams

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 0140196307

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Being Black has gained an enthusiastic following in African American and Zen communities. Angel Kyodo Williams shows black Americans how to develop a "warrior-spirit" of truth and responsibility that can lead to happiness and personal transformation. The principles and tools she offers provide a framework for addressing the African American community's unique worries, hopes, challenges, and expectations. Williams uses an eloquent, hip, and honest approach to share personal stories, time-tested teachings, and simple guidelines that invite readers of all faiths to discover how to step into the freedom of a life lived with fearlessness, grace, and fluidity.

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you are in every other area. Without morality, enlightened being is not possible. Without a strong moral foundation, whatever we think we know about being compassionate and honest falls apart. One of the biggest disappointments we have is when we place our faith in a spiritual, religious, or political leader and they betray our trust because their true moral foundation is not strong. Our leaders and role models are often compelling and appear to have the answers we need. I’m not talking about

which means (surprise!) meditation. And while pop culture has given Zen different hazy mystical readings such as “coolness, nonchalance, spareness,” or anything Asian, its real meaning is plain and simple meditation. The Chinese Ch’an and Japanese Zen schools of Buddhist tradition are considered the meditation schools. The meditation practiced in Zen communities all over the world in many countries, many languages, is called zazen. Za means seated or sitting. So we are practicing sitting

myself. Then Cindy turned to her and said, “Robbie, don’t go down to that lady’s house again.” Lady? What lady, I wondered. “Whose house, Cindy?” It turned out that Robbie was so afraid that the dog might be loose, she decided to walk down the road to the next house rather than be rushed by Legend. Not just next-door. My seven-year-old cousin was walking down the long, snaking road that leads to the highway when her mother found her. Robbie was just about to get in a woman’s car. Fortunately, the

And anything you think you don’t have, you don’t need anyway. We are still entirely different people with many different needs. Our unique cultures, geographies, and histories shape the way in which we develop our organizations and systems of being in the world. But we do not all need to believe in the same God to live without fear, gracefully and in peace with one another. What we can agree on is compassion. We don’t have to express it in the exact same way, but we must all agree to practice

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