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Vimalasara Valerie Mason-John is the award-winning author of 8 books, including the Great Black North, Contemporary African Canadian Poetry, and Eight Step Recovery Using The Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction.

She has co-founded 8 Step recovery meetings that take place in 3 continents and has been named leading African Descent voices in Mindfulness Approaches for Addiction. Her new collection of poetry, ‘I’m Still Your Negro: An Homage to James Baldwin” will be published in 2020. She is currently working on a Mindfulness book accessible to African Diaspora Sensibility, Addiction an Invitation – Unknow Yourself through Mindfulness. Vimalasara Valerie Mason-John is a senior teacher in the Triratna Buddhist Community tradition and dedicates her life to the suffering of all beings, “The more emancipation I have – the more I must share with the world.” She resides in Canada.