angel Kyodo williams

angel Kyodo williams is an American Zen Buddhist priest, writer, activist, wisdom teacher, and social change leader. One of the world’s only female Zen teachers of African descent, she is the author of multiple books and is the founder of Transformative Change—a community dedicated to practicing more sustainable approaches to peace, justice, and progressive social healing.


Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams: Why Contemplation/Awareness Matters to Change...And How

Leading a series of sessions on meditation at the 2013 Climate, Mind & Behavior Symposium, Zen priest and writer Rev. angel Kyodo williams articulates the importance of contemplation in understanding and addressing today's most pressing social and environmental problems.

Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace

There truly is an art to being here in this world, and like any art, it can be mastered. In this elegant, practical book, Angel Kyodo Williams combines the universal wisdom of Buddhism with an inspirational call for self-acceptance and community empowerment.

Your Liberation Is on the Line

“No one who has ever touched liberation could possibly want anything other than liberation for everyone,” says Rev. angel Kyodo williams. She shares why we must each fully commit to our own path to liberation, for the benefit of all.

Without inner change there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.

Ep. 9 Radical Dharma with Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Rev. angel Kyodo williams joins Ethan for a conversation around practicing radical Dharma, waking up to our privilege and bias, and finding opportunity for institutional change in our toxic political climate.

Do I Have to Pick Just One Buddhist Tradition?

In the November 2018 issue of Lion’s Roar magazine, 14 Buddhist teachers answer the most frequently asked questions about challenges on the spiritual path. Here, Rev. angel Kyodo williams addresses spiritual indecision.

Love Everyone: A Guide for Spiritual Activists

Real political change must be spiritual. Real spiritual practice has to be political. Buddhist teachers Sharon Salzberg and Rev. angel Kyodo williams on how we can bring the two worlds together to build a more just and compassionate society.

We simply cannot engage with either the ills or promises of society if we continue to turn a blind eye to the egregious and willful ignorance that enables us to still not ‘get it’ in so many ways.

Coping; a Zen Priest and the Art of Black Serenity

Ms. Williams's book . . . is more than just a paean to Buddhism. It is also a call for black Americans to look inward


It's Not About Love Afterall | Angel Kyodo Williams | TEDxWashingtonSquare

Rev. angel Kyodo williams notes, "Love and Justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters".


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