Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and by Angel Kyodo Williams

By Angel Kyodo Williams

Being Black has received an enthusiastic following in African American and Zen groups. Angel Kyodo Williams exhibits black americans tips to strengthen a "warrior-spirit" of fact and accountability that may bring about happiness and private transformation.

The ideas and instruments she deals offer a framework for addressing the African American community's special concerns, hopes, demanding situations, and expectancies. Williams makes use of an eloquent, hip, and sincere method of percentage own tales, time-tested teachings, and easy directions that invite readers of all faiths to find how you can step into the liberty of a existence lived with fearlessness, grace, and fluidity.

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I moved out of the city to an isolated area in upstate New York. qxd 10/29/01 10:50 AM Page 43 Three Wonderful Treasures moved out she took some of my things with her and left some of her bills behind. And finally, my relationship fell apart. At first, I was so depressed that I stopped eating for nearly three weeks. I felt weak, dull, and disconnected from everything, as if I were not really alive anymore. It was as if I had stopped breathing and it would just be a matter of time before I collapsed.

There are the mundane, everyday discomforts: This apartment is too hot. Outside is too cold. The train is too crowded. My parents make me crazy. My kids are too grown. My lover is cheating. I hate my job, I hate my boss, I hate doing dishes, and will somebody please turn that hip-hop off! There is a constant stream of small distractions that plague us like flies buzzing in our ears. Physical pain is part of this discomfort as well. The aches and pains of our own bodies come from many different sources.

Martin Luther King, Jr. The last and most important treasure we have is our community. We need community to support us and be the proof that we are not alone. qxd 10/29/01 10:50 AM Page 36 The Nature of Our Existence 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33R One of the lessons that many of the greatest philosophers and thinkers came to understand is that the freedom and happiness of each of us has no meaning if we are not all free. Every single one of us has a responsibility to feed and nourish the rest of the community, in whatever way that nourishment takes shape.

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