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Race and Social Justice: A Buddhist Perspective with Professor Jan Willis

October 15, 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 in the UK, Jamyang Buddhist Centre has invited Professor Jan Willis to give a Buddhist perspective on race and social justice.

What can I expect?
Professor Willis will be talking about the manifestations of structural racism, including policing and the prison-industrial complex, as well as the way Dharma practice relates to resistance and activism.

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 15, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm