True Liberation: Black & Buddhist in America

Recently the nonprofit organizatoin Dharma Relief awarded fellowships to Black Buddhist leaders for their work supporting Black communities. Here, Lion’s Roar’s Pamela Ayo Yetunde hosts a roundtable conversation with four of those fellows: Jean Marie Robbins, Pamela Freeman, Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith, and Victoria Cary. Bringing their lived experience to bear, they talk about how Buddhist practice is helping Black people heal from the impact of racism and discover inner peace.

Illustration by Mel Valentine Vargas

Beyond the Binary

With our ideas of right and wrong, male and female, we’re stuck in the suffering of dualistic thinking. Nonbinary author Tomara Garrod wants freedom.

What A.I. Means for Buddhism

AI can articulate the sum total of human knowledge, but can it help us cultivate wisdom and compassion—or is it a danger on the spiritual path? Ross Nervig investigates.

For Love of Nature: Q&A with Jane Goodall

Andrea Miller talks with celebrated environmental and animal activist Jane Goodall, about the compassion that exists in our natural world.

The Revolution Begins with the Self

Your individual meditation practice can aid collective liberation. Dr. g explains.

Mindful Cooking with Chef Bryant Terry

How can all communities thrive? Bryant Terry on the importance of cooking mindfully.

The Race Koan

Are we all Black poets at night? E. Ethelbert Miller asks us to ponder this and other questions.

Honoring the Form

Everything is impermanent, but a chance encounter shows another truth—continuation. A short story by the renowned novelist Charles Johnson.

Engaged Parenting as Spiritual Practice

For years, Buddhist practitioner Leslie Davis felt she was too busy being a mother to practice Thich Nhat Hanh's tradition of "Engaged Buddhism" properly. Eventually, she discovered that parenting itself is a form of Engaged Buddhism.

How to Not Burn Out

Sustainable activism begins with not calling yourself an activist, says Keisha Bush.