One of the books on my winter reading list, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation, acquainted me with African American Buddhist. This book is authored by Rev. angel Kyodo Williams, ordained Zen priest, Lama Rod Owens, and Jasmine Seydullah, Ph.D. The essays and dialogues of this book led me to inquire into the ideas …

Review of Derrick Jensen’s, The Myth of Human Supremacy. Seven Stories Press, Works of Radical Imagination, New York City, NY, 2016.

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A Language Older Than Words was my first encounter with Derrick Jensen. I remember his passion and concern for the Earth, and I vaguely remember him speaking of the abuse he suffered as a child. The abuse lead him to his eventual practice of radical environmentalism. Other than that, I cannot recall too many of …


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This selection is from Saul Williams’ poem, said the Shotgun to the head. Pocket Books, NY, New York. 2003.  You can discover more about Williams on his web site: While you’re there, listen to NOISEY: END YOUR WILLFUL DISREGARD WITH SAUL WILLIAMS’ NEW VIDEO FOR “DOWN FOR SOME IGNORANCE  to be free of the …

Books | A Monk in the World: Cultivating A Spiritual Life, by Wayne Teasdale

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It was in reading the book The New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Living that I discovered Wayne Teasdale. I have encountered this mysterious and seductive monastic voice in my readings of other monks, men and women, contemplatives and mystics. Years ago, I recognized this voice when reading Howard Thurman’s, Meditations of the Heart. …


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In this culture, the phrase ‘black woman’ is not synonymous with ‘tender’ or ‘gentle.’ It’s as if those words couldn’t possibly speak to the reality of black females. ~ bell hooks, writer, author, feminist and Buddhist