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Black and Buddhist: Professor Jan Willis in Conversation

October 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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About this talk
This year has seen global uprisings against state violence and police brutality, sparked by the murder of George Floyd in May. To acknowledge this moment in history, and as part of our event series marking Black History Month, FPMT centres across the UK have invited Professor Jan Willis to talk about the relationship between her Black and Buddhist identities.

What can I expect?
Kamlo Chen-Duffy, Spiritual Programme Coordinator of Jamyang Buddhist Centre London, will be speaking to Professor Willis about her experiences as a Black Buddhist woman. We’ll explore how Buddhist teachings and practices can help us process and confront the particular social injustices experienced by Black people.

About the teacher
Jan Willis is Professor Emerita of Religion at Wesleyan University. A student of Lama Yeshe that grew up in Alabama during the era of segregation, she is the author of several books including Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist and Buddhist. Professor Willis was named one of six ‘spiritual innovators for the new millennium’ by TIME magazine, and one of Ebony magazine’s ‘Power 150’ most influential African Americans.

This is a free event. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so by following this link, and selecting the ‘Inclusion Scholarship Fund’. All proceeds raised by Jamyang Buddhist Centre will go towards the Basic Programme Inclusion Scholarship.

This event has been coordinated in collaboration with Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds and Land of Joy.


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October 22, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm