Radical Dharma

Radical Dharma
Author: Rev. angel Kyodo williams,Lama Rod Owens,Jasmine Syedullah, Ph.D.
Publsiher: North Atlantic Books
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2016-06-14
ISBN: 1623170990
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Radical Dharma Book Excerpt:

Igniting a long-overdue dialogue about how the legacy of racial injustice and white supremacy plays out in society at large and Buddhist communities in particular, this urgent call to action outlines a new dharma that takes into account the ways that racism and privilege prevent our collective awakening. The authors traveled around the country to spark an open conversation that brings together the Black prophetic tradition and the wisdom of the Dharma. Bridging the world of spirit and activism, they urge a compassionate response to the systemic, state-sanctioned violence and oppression that has persisted against black people since the slave era. With national attention focused on the recent killings of unarmed black citizens and the response of the Black-centered liberation groups such as Black Lives Matter, Radical Dharma demonstrates how social transformation and personal, spiritual liberation must be articulated and inextricably linked. 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.

Epistemic Justice Mindfulness and the Environmental Humanities

Epistemic Justice  Mindfulness  and the Environmental Humanities
Author: Janelle Adsit
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2021-11-30
ISBN: 1000476464
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Epistemic Justice Mindfulness and the Environmental Humanities Book Excerpt:

Epistemic Justice, Mindfulness, and the Environmental Humanities explores how contemplative pedagogies and mindfulness can be used in the classroom to address epistemic and environmental injustice. In recent years, there has been a groundswell of interest in contemplative pedagogies in higher education, with increasing attention from the environmental sciences, environmental humanities, and sustainability studies. Teachers and writers have demonstrated how mindfulness practices can be a key to anti-oppression and anti-racist efforts, both in and out of the classroom. Not all forms of contemplative pedagogy are suited for this anti-colonial and anti-oppressive resistance, however. Simply adopting mindfulness practices in the classroom is not enough to dislodge and dismantle white supremacy in higher education. Epistemic Justice, Mindfulness, and the Environmental Humanities advocates for mindfulness practices that affirm multiple epistemologies and cultural traditions. Written for educators in the environmental humanities and other related disciplines, the chapters interrogate the western uptake of mindfulness practices and suggest anti-colonial and anti-oppressive methods for bringing mindfulness into the classroom. The chapters also discuss what mindfulness practices have to offer to the pursuit of a culturally relevant pedagogy. This highly applied and practical text will be an insightful read for educators in the environmental humanities and across the liberal arts disciplines.

Black Buddhists and the Black Radical Tradition

Black Buddhists and the Black Radical Tradition
Author: Rima Vesely-Flad
Publsiher: NYU Press
Total Pages: 344
Release: 2022-04-05
ISBN: 1479810487
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Black Buddhists and the Black Radical Tradition Book Excerpt:

"This book illuminates distinct Buddhist practices amongst meditators of African descent. It includes interviews, dharma talks, and writings of more than sixty-five Black Buddhist teachers and long-term practitioners. In lifting up the distinctive voices and practices of Black Buddhists within American Buddhism, this book emphasizes the interpretations and practices of Black Buddhists. This book identifies specific causes and conditions for suffering, such as the transatlantic slave trade, the auction block, lynchings, migrations, and contemporary state violence, that have led Black Buddhist teachers to prioritize healing intergenerational trauma as a foundation for Black liberation. In pointing the horrific conditions manifested by patriarchy, misogyny, cisgender normativity, Black Buddhists assert that healing intergenerational trauma is foundational of psychological and spiritual liberation. Relatedly, this book delves into the importance that Black Buddhists place on honoring ancestors-biological and spiritual-as forebears who survived hostile and degrading conditions. Furthermore, this book illuminates the ways in which Black Buddhists privilege the body, even as it has been degraded, as a vehicle for liberation. Finally, this book argues that all of these distinct components of Black Buddhist practice fulfill the quest for psychological liberation evoked in the Black Radical Tradition"--

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Race in American History

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Race in American History
Author: Kathryn Gin Lum,Paul Harvey
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 640
Release: 2018-04-02
ISBN: 0190221178
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Race in American History Book Excerpt:

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Race in American History brings together a number of established scholars, as well as younger scholars on the rise, to provide a scholarly overview for those interested in the role of religion and race in American history. Thirty-four scholars from the fields of History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, and more investigate the complex interdependencies of religion and race from pre-Columbian origins to the present. The volume addresses the religious experience, social realities, theologies, and sociologies of racialized groups in American religious history, as well as the ways that religious myths, institutions, and practices contributed to their racialization. Part One begins with a broad introductory survey outlining some of the major terms and explaining the intersections of race and religions in various traditions and cultures across time. Part Two provides chronologically arranged accounts of specific historical periods that follow a narrative of religion and race through four-plus centuries. Taken together, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Race in American History provides a reliable scholarly text and resource to summarize and guide work in this subject, and to help make sense of contemporary issues and dilemmas.

Becoming Utopian

Becoming Utopian
Author: Tom Moylan
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2020-11-26
ISBN: 1350133353
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Becoming Utopian Book Excerpt:

A dream of a better world is a powerful human force that inspires activists, artists, and citizens alike. In this book Tom Moylan – one of the pioneering scholars of contemporary utopian studies – explores the utopian process in its individual and collective trajectory from dream to realization. Drawing on theorists such as Fredric Jameson, Donna Haraway and Alain Badiou and science fiction writers such as Kim Stanley Robinson and China Miéville, Becoming Utopian develops its argument for sociopolitical action through studies that range from liberation theology, ecological activism, and radical pedagogy to the radical movements of 1968. Throughout, Moylan speaks to the urgent need to confront and transform the global environmental, economic, political and cultural crises of our time.

American Dharma

American Dharma
Author: Ann Gleig
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 376
Release: 2019-02-26
ISBN: 0300245041
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Dharma Book Excerpt:

The past couple of decades have witnessed Buddhist communities both continuing the modernization of Buddhism and questioning some of its limitations. In this fascinating portrait of a rapidly changing religious landscape, Ann Gleig illuminates the aspirations and struggles of younger North American Buddhists during a period she identifies as a distinct stage in the assimilation of Buddhism to the West. She observes both the emergence of new innovative forms of deinstitutionalized Buddhism that blur the boundaries between the religious and secular, and a revalorization of traditional elements of Buddhism such as ethics and community that were discarded in the modernization process. Based on extensive ethnographic and textual research, the book ranges from mindfulness debates in the Vipassana network to the sex scandals in American Zen, while exploring issues around racial diversity and social justice, the impact of new technologies, and generational differences between baby boomer, Gen X, and millennial teachers.

New Perspectives on the Research of Chinese Culture

New Perspectives on the Research of Chinese Culture
Author: Pei-kai Cheng,Ka Wai Fan
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 154
Release: 2012-12-14
ISBN: 9814021784
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

New Perspectives on the Research of Chinese Culture Book Excerpt:

This volume contains high quality articles, originally published in Chinese in the Chinese Journal Jiuzhou Xuelin [Chinese Cultural Quarterly] and new articles written on special invitation by established scholars in the field. The theme of the volume is 'New Perspectives on Research of Chinese Culture', introducing the latest trends and new developments in the research into Chinese history, humanities, music and geography. The articles are written by well-known scholars in the field who examine Chinese culture from various new perspectives adopting different research methods.

Building Peace in America

Building Peace in America
Author: Emily Sample,Douglas Irvin-Erickson
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2020-08-16
ISBN: 153814381X
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Building Peace in America Book Excerpt:

America may not be at war, but it is not at peace. Recent public and political rhetoric have revealed the escalation of a pervasive and dangerous “us versus them” ideology in the United States. This powerful book is motivated by the contributors’ recognition of continuing structural violence and injustice, which are linked to long-standing systems of racism, social marginalization, xenophobia, poverty, and inequality in all forms. Calls to restore America’s greatness are just the most recent iteration of dehumanizing language against minority communities. The violation of the civil and human rights of vulnerable groups presents a serious threat to American democracy. These deeply rooted and systemic inequities have no easy solutions, and the destructive nature of today’s conflicts in America threaten to impede efforts to build peace, promote justice, and inspire constructive social change. Acknowledging the complexity of building peace in the United States, this volume represents the first step in envisioning a more just, peaceful country—from the grassroots to the highest levels of leadership. The editors have brought together a diverse group of scholars, conflict resolution practitioners, civil society leaders, community peacebuilders, and faith leaders who are committed to pro-social change. Collectively, they examine how best to understand the current issues, deescalate destructive public rhetoric, undermine the “us versus them” polarity, and support those currently working for positive change. Together, the contributors share experiences and perspectives on the past, present, and future of peacebuilding; develop a vision for how we can collectively respond in our communities, campuses, and congregations; and catalyze action during this pivotal moment in America.

Asian and Asian American Women in Theology and Religion

Asian and Asian American Women in Theology and Religion
Author: Kwok Pui-lan
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 263
Release: 2020-02-25
ISBN: 3030368181
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Asian and Asian American Women in Theology and Religion Book Excerpt:

This book presents personal narratives and collective ethnography of the emergence and development of Asian and Asian American women’s scholarship in theology and religious studies. It demonstrates how the authors’ religious scholarship is based on an embodied epistemology influenced by their social locations. Contributors reflect on their understanding of their identity and how this changed over time, the contribution of Asian and Asian American women to the scholarship work that they do, and their hopes for the future of their fields of study. The volume is multireligious and intergenerational, and is divided into four parts: identities and intellectual journeys, expanding knowledge, integrating knowledge and practice, and dialogue across generations.

Neurodharma

Neurodharma
Author: Rick Hanson
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2020-05-07
ISBN: 1473580552
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Neurodharma Book Excerpt:

‘Accessible and gentle, there is deep wisdom here from which all may benefit’ Professor Mark Williams, bestselling author of Mindfulness 'Astonishing' Ruby Wax Explore the new neuroscience of awakening and develop lasting inner peace in a changing world In Neurodharma, leading psychologist Rick Hanson explores the heights of human potential – and how to become as wise and strong, happy and loving, as any person can ever be. Combining new science and ancient wisdom, he shows how to develop unshakeable presence of mind, deep contentment, liberating insight and a courageous heart. With practical suggestions, guided meditations and warm encouragement, he offers an inspiring vision of who we can be – and an effective path for embodying this wonderful possibility. 'A brilliant and unprecedented offering' Deepak Chopra 'Rick Hanson has a rare ability to inspire us to our fullest potential while giving us practical, actionable tools for our everyday lives' Marie Forleo, author of Everything is Figureoutable

Transcending

Transcending
Author: Kevin Manders,Elizabeth Marston
Publsiher: North Atlantic Books
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2019-10-22
ISBN: 1623174163
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Transcending Book Excerpt:

A compelling collection of the many voices and experiences of trans, genderqueer, and nonbinary Buddhists Transcending brings together more than thirty contributors from both the Mahayana and Theravada traditions to present a vision for a truly inclusive trans Buddhist sangha in the twenty-first century. Shining a light on a new generation of Buddhist role models, this book gives voice to those who have long been marginalized within the Buddhist world and society at large. While trans, genderqueer, and nonbinary practitioners have experienced empowerment and healing through their commitment to the Buddha, dharma, and sangha, they also share their experiences of isolation, transphobia, and aggression. In this diverse collection we hear the firsthand accounts, thoughts, and reflections of trans Buddhists from a variety of different lineages in an open invitation for all Buddhists to bring the issue of gender identity into the sangha, into the discourse, and onto the cushion. Only by doing so can we develop insight into our circumstances and grasp our true, essential nature.

Veganarchism Philosophy Praxis Self criticism

Veganarchism   Philosophy  Praxis  Self criticism
Author: Joseph Parampathu
Publsiher: Joseph Parampathu
Total Pages: 153
Release: 2020-10-10
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Neurodharma

Neurodharma
Author: Rick Hanson, PhD
Publsiher: Harmony
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2020-05-05
ISBN: 0593135474
Category: Self-Help
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Neurodharma Book Excerpt:

LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER • “An easy-to-follow road map for creating day-to-day inner peace in today’s increasingly complex world.”—Lori Gottlieb, MFT, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone Throughout history, people have sought the heights of human potential—to become as wise and strong, happy and loving, as any person can ever be. And now recent science is revealing how these remarkable ways of being are based on equally remarkable changes in our own nervous system, making them more attainable than ever before. In Neurodharma, the follow-up to his classic Buddha’s Brain, New York Times bestselling author Rick Hanson, PhD, not only explores the new neuroscience of awakening but also offers a bold yet plausible plan for reverse-engineering peak experiences, sense of oneness, and even enlightenment itself. And he does so with his trademark blend of solid science and warm encouragement, guiding you along this high-reaching path with good humor, accessible tools, and personal examples. A groundbreaking yet practical book, Neurodharma shares seven practices for strengthening the neural circuitry of profound contentment and inner peace—qualities that offer essential support in everyday life while also supporting the exploration of the most radical reaches of human consciousness. Step by step, this book explains how to apply these insights in order to cultivate unshakable presence of mind, a courageous heart, and serenity in a changing world. The breakthroughs of the great teachers are not reserved for the chosen few. Dr. Hanson shows how we can embody them ourselves in daily life to handle stress, heal old pain, feel at ease with others, and rest in the sense of our natural goodness. The Buddha didn’t use an MRI to become enlightened. Still, 2,500 years after he walked the dusty roads of northern India, neuroscientists are discovering the mechanisms of the brain that underpin the Buddha’s penetrating analysis of the mind. With deep research, stories, guided meditations, examples, and applications, Dr. Hanson offers a fascinating, inspiring vision of who we can be—and an effective path for fulfilling this wonderful possibility.

The Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Practice

The Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Practice
Author: Kevin Trainor,Paula Arai
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 688
Release: 2022
ISBN: 0190632925
Category: Buddhism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Practice Book Excerpt:

"This Handbook provides a state-of-the-art exploration of several key dynamics in current studies of the Buddhist tradition with a focus on practice. Embodiment, materiality, emotion, and gender shape the way most Buddhists engage with their traditions, in contrast to popular representations of Buddhism as spiritual, disembodied, and largely devoid of ritual. This volume highlights how practice often represents a fluid, dynamic, and strategic means of defining identity and negotiating the challenges of everyday life. Essays explore the transformational aims of practices that require practitioners to move, gesture, and emote in prescribed ways, including the ways that scholars' own embodied practices are integral to their research methodology. The chapters are written by acknowledged experts in their respective subject areas and taken together offer an overview of current thinking in the field. The volume is of particular value to scholars who seek an orientation to current perspectives on important conceptual, theoretical, and methodological concerns that are shaping the field in areas outside their primary expertise. The inclusion of substantial, up-to-date bibliographies also makes the volume an important guide to current scholarship"--

The Oxford Handbook of Meditation

The Oxford Handbook of Meditation
Author: Miguel Farias,David Brazier,Mansur Lalljee
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 800
Release: 2021-10-21
ISBN: 0192536389
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Oxford Handbook of Meditation Book Excerpt:

Meditation techniques, including mindfulness, have become popular wellbeing practices and the scientific study of their effects has recently turned 50 years old. But how much do we know about them: what were they developed for and by whom? How similar or different are they, how effective can they be in changing our minds and biology, what are their social and ethical implications? The Oxford Handbook of Meditation is the most comprehensive volume published on meditation, written in accessible language by world-leading experts on the science and history of these techniques. It covers the development of meditation across the world and the varieties of its practices and experiences. It includes approaches from various disciplines, including psychology, neuroscience, history, anthropology, and sociology and it explores its potential for therapeutic and social change, as well as unusual or negative effects. Edited by practitioner-researchers, this book is the ultimate guide for all interested in meditation, including teachers, clinicians, therapists, researchers, or anyone who would like to learn more about this topic.

Re ending the Mahabharata

Re ending the Mahabharata
Author: Naama Shalom
Publsiher: SUNY Press
Total Pages: 266
Release: 2017-03-27
ISBN: 1438465017
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Re ending the Mahabharata Book Excerpt:

Offers a fresh perspective on the Mahābhārata based on an exploration of its ending, the Svargārohaṇa parvan. This book challenges two prevalent assumptions about the Mahābhārata: that its narrativeis inherently incapable of achieving a conclusion and that its ending, the Svargārohaṇa parvan, is an extraneous part of the text. While the exegetic traditions have largely tended to suppress, ignore, or overlook the importance of this final section, Shalom argues that the moment of the condemnation of dharma that occurs in the Svargārohaṇa parvan, expressed by the epic protagonist, Yudhiṣṭhira, against his father, Dharma, is of crucial importance. It sheds light on the incessant preoccupation and intrinsic dismay towards the concept of dharma (the cardinal theme around which the epic revolves) expressed by Mahābhārata narrators throughout the epic, and is thus highly significant for understanding the Mahābhārata narrative as a whole.

American Detox

American Detox
Author: Kerri Kelly
Publsiher: North Atlantic Books
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2022-06-07
ISBN: 1623177251
Category: Health & Fitness
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Detox Book Excerpt:

**An Amazon Editor's Pick in Best Nonfiction** “An intimate, honest, accountable, and thorough invitation into healing” -- adrienne maree brown, author of Pleasure Activism “This book is a powerhouse.” -- Ashley Judd The myth of wellness is a lie. And until we learn to confront and dismantle its toxic systems, we can’t ever be well. Better, stronger, healthier, whole--the wellness industry promises us that with enough intention, investment, and positive thinking, we’ll unlock our best selves and find meaning and purpose in a chaotic and confusing world. The problem? It’s a lie. The industry soars upwards of $650 billion a year, but we’re still isolated, insecure, and inequitable. “Wellness” isn’t making us well; it’s making us worse. It diverts our attention and holds us back from asking the questions that do help us heal: Who gets to be well in America? Who’s harmed--and who's left out? And what’s the real-life cost of our obsession with self-improvement? To be truly well, we don’t need juice fasts or yoga fads. We need to detox from a culture rooted in perfectionism, white supremacy, and individualism--and move toward a model that embodies mutual responsibility and extends beyond self-help to collective care. In American Detox, organizer, yoga activist, wellness disruptor, and CTZNWELL founder Kerri Kelly sounds the wake-up call. It’s time to commit to the radical work of unlearning the toxic messages we’ve been fed--to resist, disrupt, and dream better futures of what wellness really means.

Healing Justice

Healing Justice
Author: Loretta Pyles
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2018
ISBN: 0190663081
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Healing Justice Book Excerpt:

In the context of multiple forms of global economic, social, and cultural oppression, along with intergenerational trauma, burnout, and public services retrenchment, this book offers a framework and set of inquiries and practices for social workers, activists, community organizers, counselors, and other helping professionals. Healing justice, a term that has emerged in social movements in the last decade, is taught as a practice of connecting to the whole self, what many are conditioned to ignore -- the body, mind-heart, spirit, community, and natural world. Drawing from the East-West modalities of mindfulness, yoga, and Ayurveda, the author introduces six capabilities -- mindfulness and compassion; critical thinking and curiosity; and effort and equanimity -- which can guide practitioners on a transformative and empowering journey that can ultimately make them and their colleagues more effective in their work. Using case studies, critical analysis, and skill sharing, self-care is presented as an act of resistance to disconnection, marginalization, and internalized oppression. Healing justice is a trauma-informed practice that empowers social practitioners to cultivate the conditions that might allow them to feel more connected to themselves, their clients, colleagues, and communities. The book also engages critically with self-care practices, including investigation into the science of mindfulness, cultural appropriation, and the commodification of self-care. The message is clear that mindfulness-based practices are not a panacea for personal, inter-personal, or political problems. But, they can put practitioners in a more authentic and powerful place to work from, which is particularly important in a world where there is more connection to technology, ideologies, and people who share one's beliefs, and less connection to the natural world, people who are different, and the parts of oneself that one tends to reject. The book also offers suggestions for how to share self-care practices with community members who have less access to wellness.

Liberating Mindfulness

Liberating Mindfulness
Author: Stearns, Gail J.
Publsiher: Orbis Books
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022-05-18
ISBN: 1608339335
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Decolonizing Equity

Decolonizing Equity
Author: Billie Allan,Rhonda Hackett
Publsiher: Fernwood Publishing
Total Pages: 225
Release: 2022-05-15T00:00:00Z
ISBN: 1773635301
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Decolonizing Equity Book Excerpt:

Institutions everywhere seem to be increasingly aware of their roles in settler colonialism and anti-Black racism. As such, many racialized workers find themselves tasked with developing equity plans for their departments, associations or faculties. This collection acknowledges this work as both survival and burden for Black, Indigenous and racialized peoples. It highlights what we already know and are already doing in our respective areas and offers a vision of what equity can look like through a decolonial lens. What helps us to make this work possible? How do we take care with ourselves and each other in this work? What does solidarity, collaboration or “allyship” look like in decolonial equity work? What are the implicit and explicit barriers we face in shifting equity discourse, policy and practice, and what strategies, skills and practices can help us in creating environments and lived realities of decolonial equity? This edited collection centres the voices of Indigenous, Black and other racialized peoples in articulating a vision for decolonial equity work. Specifically, the focus on decolonizing equity is an invitation to re-articulate what equity work can look like when we refuse to separate ideas of equity from the historical and contemporary realities of colonialism in the settler colonial nation states known as Canada and the United States and when we insist on linking an equity agenda to the work of decolonizing our shared realities.