Making the Invisible, Visible:
Exploring Bias and Racism
through a Buddhist Lens
TEACHINGS WITH PROFESSOR JAN WILLIS
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Every day we are confronted with “isms” and other negativities: racism, sexism, homophobia, gender discrimination, wealth inequality, prejudices of all kinds that seem to be growing in number and strength.
But don’t despair! Buddhism reveals these ugly concepts to be grounded in nothing but ignorance of the way things really exist. Deploying wisdom and compassion, Buddhism overturns these and all forms of social injustice with tranquil confidence that they can and will be permanently conquered.
Join us for inspiring, lively teachings with Professor Jan Willis. One of the earliest American scholar-practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism, Professor Emerita of Religion at Wesleyan University, she has taught courses in Buddhism for over forty years. Starting from the ground zero of racism, Professor Willis will show us how to navigate today’s social challenges with grace and dignity. We are thrilled to share her unique style full of joy, humor, and a big dose of love!
DATES AND TIMES
Friday, November 2 from 7pm to 9pm: Public Talk
Saturday and Sunday, November 3-4 from 10am to 5pm: Weekend Teachings
On Saturday and Sunday, November 3-4 there will be a lunch break. Lunch will not be served at the center, but click here for a list of nearby recommended restaurants with vegetarian and vegan options.
Friday Public Talk Only: $20 ($18 for Shantideva Center members)
Saturday Teaching: $50 ($45 for Shantideva Center members)
Sunday Teaching: $50 ($45 for Shantideva Center members)
DONATIONS & SPONSORSHIPS
If you are inspired to donate to the center or sponsor the teacher’s offerings and expenses, please click here.
ABOUT THE TEACHER
Jan Willis, PhD, is Professor Emerita of Religion at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. One of the earliest American scholar-practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism, she has studied with Buddhist teachers worldwide for almost five decades and has taught courses on Buddhism for more than forty years. She has written extensively on Buddhist meditation, women and Buddhism, and Buddhism and race. Among her published works are Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist, and Buddhist – One Woman’s Spiritual Journey* and Enlightened Beings: Life Stories from the Ganden Oral Tradition. She also edited Feminine Ground: Essays on Women and Tibet. In December 2000, Time magazine named Willis one of six “spiritual innovators for the new millennium,” and in May 2007, Ebony magazine named Willis one of its “Power 150” most influential African Americans.
*Copies of Dreaming Me will be available for purchase and signing.