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Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and by Angel Kyodo Williams

By Angel Kyodo Williams

Being Black has received an enthusiastic following in African American and Zen groups. Angel Kyodo Williams indicates black american citizens the right way to improve a "warrior-spirit" of fact and accountability that could result in happiness and private transformation.

The rules and instruments she deals supply a framework for addressing the African American community's exact concerns, hopes, demanding situations, and expectancies. Williams makes use of an eloquent, hip, and sincere method of percentage own tales, time-tested teachings, and easy directions that invite readers of all faiths to find find out how to step into the liberty of a existence lived with fearlessness, grace, and fluidity.

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The business that I had put all my heart into had failed. I moved out of the city to an isolated area in upstate New York. qxd 10/29/01 10:50 AM Page 43 Three Wonderful Treasures moved out she took some of my things with her and left some of her bills behind. And finally, my relationship fell apart. At first, I was so depressed that I stopped eating for nearly three weeks. I felt weak, dull, and disconnected from everything, as if I were not really alive anymore. It was as if I had stopped breathing and it would just be a matter of time before I collapsed.

What better way was there to advance very quickly than to live this way, taking care of the monastery, studying, practicing all the time? I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get away from the daily distractions that were keeping me from really seeing life clearly. I could concentrate only on Zen and have nothing else to disturb me. qxd 10/29/01 10:50 AM Page 31 Three Wonderful Treasures I wanted to be a monk. He listened intently and then asked me questions to probe how serious I was.

But without our skills, we feel stuck and cannot move forward. We know, very deep down, that we do have the ability to manage any situation that comes to us. But because we have lost touch with our true nature and awareness of our abilities, we remain in fear. It is only natural that as human beings we want to feel happy, satisfied, and secure. But early on, we are given messages that attack our sense of ease with who we are. We are not bright enough, or tall enough. As black people, we learn that our skin color is not right, our hair too kinky or curly, our lips too full and our presence too strong.

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