America's Racial Karma: An Invitation to Heal

America's Racial Karma: An Invitation to Heal

By Larry Ward

"Six reflective essays and key contemplative practices offer insights on the spiritual effects of racism in the United States help readers answer the question: how do we free ourselves from our repeated cycles of anger, denial, bitterness, pain, fear, and violence?"--


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Book Information

Publisher: Parallax Press
Publish Date: 09/15/2020
Pages: 144
ISBN-13: 9781946764744
ISBN-10: 1946764744
Language: English

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September 30, 2020

"It is no small task to attempt to describe America’s racial karma—what it is, and how to transform it—especially if, many days, it may feel as if there is little or no movement forward. Yet, I know once we recognize America’s racial karma as actions that continue to give birth to the notion of white racial superiority and its psychosocial consequences, we gain the necessary insight to change course." READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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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. As an 11-year-old child, Zen Buddhist teacher Larry Ward was shot at by the police for playing baseball in the wrong spot. As an adult, he 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? "I am a drop in the ocean, but I'm also the ocean," he says. "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." Here, 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.

About the Author

Dr. Larry Ward (pronouns he/him) is the author of the book America's Racial Karma: An Invitation to Heal , and coauthor with his wife Dr. Peggy Rowe-Ward of Love's Garden: A Guide To Mindful Relationships.

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