Virtual Event: Chenxing Han and Arisika Razak

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 6:00pm

 
Join us on Thursday, June 10 at 6pm PT when Chenxing Han and Arisika Razak join us to discuss their books Be the Refuge and the forthcoming Afrikan Wisdom on Zoom!

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Praise for Be the Refuge
“In Be The Refuge, Buddhists from all backgrounds will find truth in the words of like-minded people from various Asian streams, dealing squarely with the complexity of ‘betwixt-and-between’ racial identities and life experiences.” –San Francisco Book Review (5/5 stars)

“Chenxing Han writes with a singular grace, missing nothing in a work that draws from a well of academic origins, while merging cultural critique and luminous voices into a moving memoir. No doubt many an Asian American Buddhist will find themselves heard and championed here, even as the book’s careful sifting of histories and possibilities makes it valuable reading for future scholarship. Above all, Be the Refuge lives up to its name.”
—erin Khuê Ninh, author of Ingratitude: The Debt-Bound Daughter in Asian American Literature

About Be the Refuge
A must-read for modern sanghas--Asian American Buddhists in their own words, on their own terms.

Despite the fact that two thirds of U.S. Buddhists identify as Asian American, mainstream perceptions about what it means to be Buddhist in America often whitewash and invisibilize the diverse, inclusive, and intersectional communities that lie at the heart of American Buddhism.

Be the Refuge is both critique and celebration, calling out the erasure of Asian American Buddhists while uplifting the complexity and nuance of their authentic stories and vital, thriving communities. Drawn from in-depth interviews with a pan-ethnic, pan-Buddhist group, Be the Refuge is the first book to center young Asian American Buddhists' own voices. With insights from multi-generational, second-generation, convert, and socially engaged Asian American Buddhists, Be the Refuge includes the stories of trailblazers, bridge-builders, integrators, and refuge-makers who hail from a wide range of cultural and religious backgrounds.

Championing nuanced representation over stale stereotypes, Han and the 89 interviewees in Be the Refuge push back against false narratives like the Oriental monk, the superstitious immigrant, and the banana Buddhist--typecasting that collapses the multivocality of Asian American Buddhists into tired, essentialized tropes. Encouraging frank conversations about race, representation, and inclusivity among Buddhists of all backgrounds, Be the Refuge embodies the spirit of interconnection that glows at the heart of American Buddhism.

Praise for Afrikan Wisdom
“What does it mean for Black folks to be free? In this uncommon collection of essays, Valerie Mason-John (Vimalasara) has gathered together a fascinating, multifaceted selection of perspectives that explore the intersection of spirituality, liberation, and Blackness. This is one of those rare books that offers a holistic experience of illumination, as it unpacks the multifold path of Black Diasporic freedom in depth—through writing that ignites our mind while enriching our spirit.”—Andrea Thompson, author and educator

Afrikan Wisdom is such an important offering to and for African Diasporic people as we come to understand our traditional relationship to mindfulness and Buddhadharma. This book will help us continue dreaming and living into more liberated futures.”—Lama Rod Owens, author of Love and Rage

About Afrikan Wisdom
A spiritual, political, and interdisciplinary anthology of wisdom stories from today's Black liberation thought leaders and teachers.

Afrikan Wisdom is a collection of 30 spiritual essays written by an eclectic group of inspirational Black thought leaders and teachers who reflect on the unique experience of being Black in the world today. Author and editor Valerie Mason-John (Vimalasara) has created an anthology whose aim is to instill readers with the knowledge, awareness, validation, and spiritual tools needed to nurture their individual and collective liberation. While centering on the Black Buddhist experience, essays included in this volume also branch out to include other spiritual traditions and views. Topics include:

- African and Afro-Diasporan cultures, histories, and spiritualities
- Black radical traditions of liberation and consciousness
- Anti-colonialism and anti-slavery
- Buddhist philosophy
- Social and environmental justice
- African and Afro-Diasporan art, music and literature
- The prison industrial complex and mass incarceration
- (Kemetic) yoga, healing and mindfulness
- Intersections with Indigenous cultures
- Addiction and recovery
- Trans-generational trauma

Afrikan Wisdom represents an intersectional, cross-pollinated exploration of Black life--past, present, and future.This book will prove both an inspiration and a motivation for Black readers, as well as anyone else interested in reading about emerging spiritual voices.

Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781623175238
Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: North Atlantic Books - January 26th, 2021

A must-read for modern sanghas--Asian American Buddhists in their own words, on their own terms.

Despite the fact that two thirds of U.S. Buddhists identify as Asian American, mainstream perceptions about what it means to be Buddhist in America often whitewash and invisibilize the diverse, inclusive, and intersectional communities that lie at the heart of American Buddhism.


Afrikan Wisdom: New Voices Talk Black Liberation, Buddhism, and Beyond Cover Image
By Valerie Mason-John (Editor), Jan Willis (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781623175627
Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: North Atlantic Books - July 20th, 2021

A spiritual, political, and interdisciplinary anthology of wisdom stories from Black liberation leaders and teachers.


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