angel Kyodo williams

‘You, just as you are, and your life right here and right now, are all there is and all you need to know. You don’t have to do anything special. Mostly, you have to be open to meeting face-to-face, and even dancing with, the truth that pertains to your life right now. You have to find a way to collect your fractured pieces, examine them and accept them as part of who you are. Spiritual practice is about transformation, but it’s also, and more important, about working with what is. All of us must learn to honor our whole selves just as we come, just as we are.’ (Being Black)

Among the other pleasures of my recent house-sit has been the chance to delve into a quite extensive Buddhist library. There were many books that I haven’t read before, and Rev angel Kyodo’s was the one I went for first. While the book – not least in the paragraph above – is largely addressed to people of colour as a way to bring zen practice to them, the directness of the writing makes it a joy to read. If you have been finding some of the recent historical posts a bit severe for your tastes, look out for more selections from Being Black coming along.


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