America’s Racial Karma
An Invitation to Heal
Immediate, illuminating, and hopeful: this is the key set of talks given by leading Zen Buddhist teacher Larry Ward, PhD, on breaking America's cycle of racial trauma.
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Immediate, illuminating, and hopeful: this is the key set of talks given by leading Zen Buddhist teacher Larry Ward, PhD, on breaking America’s cycle of racial trauma.
“I am a drop in the ocean, but I’m also the ocean. I’m a drop in America, but I’m also America. Every pain, every confusion, every good and every bad and ugly of America is in me. And as I transform myself and heal and take care of myself, I’m very conscious that I’m healing and transforming and taking care of America. I say this for American cynics, but this is also true globally. It’s for real.” So says Zen Buddhist teacher Dr. Larry Ward.
Shot at by the police as an 11-year-old child for playing baseball in the wrong spot, as an adult, Larry Ward experienced the trauma of having his home firebombed by racists. At Plum Village Monastery in France, the home in exile of his teacher, Vietnamese peace activist and Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, Dr. Ward found a way to heal. In these short reflective essays, he offers his insights on the effects of racial constructs and answers the question: how do we free ourselves from our repeated cycles of anger, denial, bitterness, pain, fear, violence? Larry Ward looks at the causes and conditions that have led us to our current state and finds, hidden in the crisis, a profound opportunity to reinvent what it means to be a human being. This is an invitation to transform America’s racial karma.
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"What the world needs now! [...] Using Buddhist philosophy, psychology and teachings Larry gives us the tools of transformation to a brighter and more positive future."Susan D.
"This book cuts right to the heart of the matter regarding race issues in America. Then it gives remedy, solutions, coping skills to cope with the trauma experienced by every American due to racial injustices."Claudette Kogetsu
"Ward does an exquisite job of cracking open a knotted mess, speaking truth, and highlighting ways out both individually and collectively."Seth Kahan
"Larry takes a subject that has so many facets and speaks to each of us with poetry and honesty about how each individual has the potential to create the change we hope to see. It is nurturing and honest."Jiana