A Weekend of Radical Dharma: angel Kyodo williams


with Rev. angel Kyodo williams, December 15-17, 2017

MCPS is honored to be one of the hosting organizations for internationally acclaimed Buddhist teacher Reverend angel Kyodo williams Sensei, who has been called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal. This non residential retreat will be held at the Summit in Capitol Hill on Dec 15-17, 2017.


A Weekend of Radical Dharma with Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei, is an author, maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer and founder of Center for Transformative Change. She has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and justice since the publication of her critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. Her book was hailed as “an act of love” by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker and “a classic” by Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield. Her newest book, Radical Dharma, explores racial injustice as a barrier to collective awakening.

Radical Dharma is an urgent call to dharma communities to wake from the habitual ways they and their members reproduce and sustain exclusion. Radical Dharma advocates 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. We can only accomplish shifts in awareness through radical honesty, a common ground where we can drop our need for perfection to speak and act from a place of deep vulnerability, and authentic presence. Regardless of how unpleasant this feels or how messy this looks, Radical Dharma emerges out this kind of disarmed honesty, just as a lotus emerges from the mud. The workshop will serve to:

  • create a space where participants can practice radical honesty
  • create a space where historically marginalized voices in American sanghas are centered
  • investigate how “politics of dis-belonging” plays a role in silencing ourselves and others
  • equip participants with tools that can be taken back to their practices communities to continue the work creating radically inclusive and honest communities

This event is co-hosted by 8 Limbs, Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound and Rainier Beach Yoga. First Covenant Church of Seattle generously donated the use of The Summit for this workshop.

Join us for a weekend of Radical Dharma!

Friday Night, 6-9pm: People of Color Caucus

This evening event is open to those who self identify as People of Color.

Cost: DONATION BASED. Please register on this site, and bring cash or check to the event.

Saturday & Sunday: A 2-Day Event: Radical Dharma Teachings

Saturday: 9:30am-12:30pm & 2-5pm at The Summit, 420 E. Pike St.

Sunday: 9:30am-12:30pm at Garfield Community Center, 2323 E. Cherry St.

Cost for both days (no partial registration, but you are welcome to attend only what you are able to):

Supporting: $250, Sustaining: $180, Supported: $70

If you prefer to pay by check, please mail to:

Rainier Beach Yoga

8311 48th Ave South

Seattle WA 98118


The Summit and Garfield Community Center are both located on the ground floor and are wheelchair accessible.

There will be chairs set up for this event. If you prefer sitting or lying, please bring any props you wish to use.

The restrooms at The Summit and Garfield Community Center are gender-specific. Please use the restroom that best fits your gender.

In order to make this event as inclusive as possible we ask that you:

  • Please refrain from using scented products including shampoos, laundry detergent and other personal products, including those with essential oils .
  • Be prepared to turn cell phones off completely during the event if possible.



Read this recent article on sensei Kyodo, “The black queer Buddhist teacher who is smashing stereotypes and leading an awakening on the left.”

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