Online: Healing America’s Racial Fractures – An Asian American Buddhist View

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Online: Healing America’s Racial Fractures – An Asian American Buddhist View
with Rev. Duncan Ryuken Williams
Wednesday, August 4th, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm ET

Rev. Duncan Ryuken Williams draws on Buddhist teachings to offer a perspective that can heal the karmic legacy of racial violence, division, and trauma of the United States.

He will offer insight from the history and lived experiences of Asian American Buddhist ancestors who built the foundations of the American sangha.

Part lecture, part ceremony, and part discussion, this event is meant to provide a Buddhist response to racism through a vision that values multiplicity over singularity, inclusion over exclusion, and solidarity over egocentrism.


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Rev. Duncan Ryuken Williams

Rev. Duncan Ryuken Williams was ordained as a Soto Zen Buddhist priest at Kotakuji Temple (Nagano, Japan) in 1993. He served as a Buddhist chaplain at Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in 2000. Currently, he is Professor in and the Chair of the USC School of Religion and Director of the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture in Los Angeles. Previously, he held the Ito Distinguished Chair of Japanese Buddhism at UC Berkeley and served as the Director of Berkeley’s Center for Japanese Studies. Williams is the author of the LA Times bestseller American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War (Harvard University Press, 2019) about Buddhism and the WWII Japanese American internment; The Other Side of Zen (Princeton University Press, 2005), and editor of 7 books including Issei Buddhism in the Americas, American Buddhism, and Buddhism and Ecology. He has written op-eds about Buddhism for the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

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