Rhonda Magee, Rima Vesely-Flad and Pamela Ayo Yetunde
Buddhism, Oppression, and Justice
What You'll Learn
Can Buddhism and mindfulness contribute to the pressing conversations and activist movements regarding racial oppression and social justice in our time? In this powerful event, summit host and social justice activist Ayo Yetunde facilitates a conversation between Rhonda Magee, author of The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness and Rima Veseley-Flad, author of Racial Purity and Dangerous Bodies: Moral Pollution, Black Lives, and the Struggle for Justice, on the topics of dharma practice, oppression, and justice. In a conversation filled with tenderness, humor, strength, and love, the panelists discuss topics including how awareness practices can help us understand the causes of oppression and the intersection of spiritual support and racial activism.
About Rhonda Magee
Rhonda Myozen V. Magee, M.A., J.D., is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, and has spent more than twenty years exploring the intersections of anti-racist education, social justice, and contemplative practices. She is an internationally-recognized innovator, storyteller, thought and practice leader on integrating Mindfulness into Higher Education, Law and Social Justice, and author of The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness (Penguin RandomHouse TarcherPerigee: 2019).
You can learn more about her work on her website which serves as a resource and online community hub focused on engaged mindfulness.
About Rima Vesely-Flad
Rima Vesely-Flad, PhD is an Associate Professor of Religion and Social Justice and the Director of Peace and Justice Studies at Warren Wilson College. She is the author of Racial Purity and Dangerous Bodies: Moral Pollution, Black Lives, and the Struggle for Justice and is currently writing Black Buddhists and the Black Radical Tradition: The Practice of Stillness in the Movement for Liberation (NYU Press, 2021).
Find a free talk with Dr. Vesely-Flad on Learning About Black Buddhist Dharma Teachers and Healing Justice here.
About Pamela Ayo Yetunde
Pamela Ayo Yetunde, JD, ThD is the co-editor of Black and Buddhist. She is a chaplain and pastoral counselor, co-founder of Center of the Heart, a spiritual wellness organization that focuses on body, behavior, and beliefs. She is also founder of Audre: Spiritual Care for Women with Cancer. Ayo has written for Lion's Roar magazine and has published other books on Buddhism.
Ayo's articles on Buddhism can be found on Lion's Roar and Ayo's books can be found here.