A Weekend of Radical Dharma

with Rev. angel Kyodo williams

December 15 – 17, 2017 

We hope to host Rev. angel Kyodo williams again in the fall of 2018.

Called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei, is an author, maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer and founder of Center for Transformative Change. She has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and justice since the publication of her critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. Her book was hailed as “an act of love” by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker and “a classic” by Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield. Her latest book, Radical Dharma, explores racial injustice as a barrier to collective awakening.

Radical Dharma is an urgent call to dharma communities to wake from the habitual ways they and their members reproduce and sustain exclusion. Radical Dharma advocates a “new dharma” that deconstructs rather than amplifies systems of suffering, and prepares us to weigh the shortcomings not only of our own minds, but also of our communities. We can only accomplish shifts in awareness through radical honesty, a common ground where we can drop our need for perfection to speak and act from a place of deep vulnerability, and authentic presence. Regardless of how unpleasant this feels or how messy this looks, Radical Dharma emerges out this kind of disarmed honesty, just as a lotus emerges from the mud. The workshop will serve to:

  • create a space where participants can practice radical honesty
  • create a space where historically marginalized voices in American sanghas are centered
  • investigate how “politics of dis-belonging” plays a role in silencing ourselves and others
  • equip participants with tools that can be taken back to their practices communities to continue the work creating radically inclusive and honest communities

This event is co-hosted by 8 Limbs, Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound and Rainier Beach Yoga. First Covenant Church of Seattle generously donated the use of The Summit for this workshop.

Join us for a weekend of Radical Dharma.


People of Color Caucus – for people who identify as people of color – SPACE STILL AVAILABLE, reserve yours today
Friday, December 15, 6-9pm (Donation Based – please bring cash or check to event)
The Summit, 420 E Pike St.

Weekend Workshop –  Everyone Welcome – FULL WEEKEND IS SOLD OUT as our Sunday space is limited*
Saturday, December 16, 9:30-12:30 & 2-5 at The Summit & Sunday, December 17, 9:30-12:30pm at Garfield Community Center

*Saturday only tickets are now available at the same three tuition options below. 

Teacher:  angel Kyodo williams

Locations: Friday & Saturday @ The Summit, 420 E. Pike St, Sunday @ Garfield Community Center, 2323 E. Cherry St.

Cost: Attendance for Saturday will be offered at three rate options to support meaningful access at different economic levels. If you are able to invest in social justice work and support our efforts to make this workshop and others accessible, please consider the SUPPORTING rate. If you need financial support to attend this workshop, purchase at the SUPPORTED rate, otherwise SUSTAINING is the market value rate that takes into account the speaker cost and 8 Limbs/co-host expenses.

Supporting: $250

Sustaining: $180

Supported: $70

Registration for this event is through Event Brite. Please direct all questions about this event to annephyfe@8limbsyoga.com or through the Eventbrite site. Thank you!

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Both The Summit (420 E Pike St) and Garfield Community Center are on the ground floor and are wheelchair accessible.

There will be chairs set up for this event. If you prefer sitting or lying, please bring any props you wish to use.

The restrooms at The Summit and Garfield Community Center are gender-specific. Please use the restroom that best fits your gender.

In order to make this event as inclusive as possible we ask that you:

  • Please refrain from using scented products including shampoos, laundry detergent and other personal products, including those with essential oils .
  • Be prepared to turn cell phones off completely during the event if possible.

Lodging Information

Cancellation Policy:  Refunds of 90% up to five days prior to workshop. No refunds allowable after that time.