Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, and Jasmine Syedullah represent a new voice in American Buddhism. Offering their own histories and experiences as illustrations of the types of challenges facing dharma practitioners and teachers who are different from those of the past five decades, they ask how teachings that transcend color, class, and caste are hindered by discrimination and the dynamics of power, shame, and ignorance. Their illuminating argument goes beyond a demand for the equality and inclusion of diverse populations to advancing a new dharma that deconstructs rather than amplifies systems of suffering and prepares us to weigh the shortcomings not only of our own minds but also of our communities. They forge a path toward reconciliation and self-liberation that rests on radical honesty, a common ground where we can drop our need for perfection and propriety and speak as souls. In a society where profit rules, people's value is determined by the color of their skin, and many voices—including queer voices—are silenced, Radical Dharma recasts the concepts of engaged spirituality, social transformation, inclusiveness, and healing.
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About the Author
In 2011, Lama Rod Owens was authorized as a lama in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. He then moved to DC and ran his own center for over two years. Later, he returned to Boston to begin his divinity degree in Buddhist studies at Harvard Divinity School.
Jasmine Syedullah holds a PhD in politics with a designated emphasis in feminist studies and history of consciousness from University of California, Santa Cruz, and a BA from Brown University in religious studies with a focus in Buddhist philosophy. Syedullah is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Vassar College.
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It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that the discovery and assertion of Siddhartha Gautama, the historic Buddha—that every human being, irrespective of caste, race, creed, or birth has within them the potential for waking up to the ultimate nature of reality—is one of the most radically life-altering propositions for human life on and in relationship to the planet. One that we need right now.
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Table of Contents
Preface A Lineage of Insurgence xi
Introduction Enter Here xix
Radical Challenge xix
Kaleidoscope: How to Use This Book xxxi
Section I Homeleaving-What We Left Behind 1
Remembering in Seven Movements 3
The Abolition of Whiteness 15
A Different Drum 25
Section II Stakeholders-What We Bring Forward 37
Bringing Our Whole Selves: A Theory of Queer Dharma 39
Remembering Love: An Informal Contemplation on Healing 57
Radicalizing Dharma Dreams 75
It's Not About Love After All 89
Section III The Conversations 105
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: History of This Project 107
Radical Dharma: Race 121
Radical Dharma: Love 137
Radical Dharma: Liberation 155
Section IV Closing Words-Why Your Liberation Is Bound Up with Mine 179
What the World Needs Now 181
Radical Presence 191
A New Dharma: Prophetic Wisdom and the Rise of Transcendent Movements 191
About the Authors 209