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rev. angel kyodo williams

notes from the weekend with rev. angel kyodo williams, author of radical dharma: talking race, love, and liberation and being black: zen and the art of living with fearlessness and grace

it’s not that things are getting worse, they’re being revealed.

hold each other tight — the big “each other”

make your way out of delusion

we need to do our work in order to have a gasp of air, to believe

“white privilege” implies it’s desirable, but it’s an illness

only liberating those who seem acceptable to the system - put aside idea that we’re trying to make the world better for some of “them”

should X people have rights? none of us are unscathed

45 - distraction and ill-will personified

14 century meaning of conversation — a spiritual sense, to abide, to live with. be in convo so that we reveal ourselves / get out of delusion.

white folks are no whiter than black folks are black

living inside their imagination, it’s time to get our own

the conversation is : how can we love each other with more abandon, recklessly

“i am entitled to my love”

unpack race stuff for yourself, not for someone else, for your ability to love and connect

not wanting to love a person more based on their skin color out of defiance

are you choosing who you love? or has it been chosen for you?

did someone decide what beauty is for you?

how can i let anyone else decide my heart’s truth or what pain i’ll be undone by?

the more you know, the more you know you don’t know

don’t be selfish and try and solve things for yourself, try and solve it for your descendants

who deserves to be american?

are you willing to speak to the pain?

the way this country has been understood is dying, and for some people that’s painful

please absolve yourself of any guilt for loving those who are suffering and enacting it in egregious ways because that’s what they know

midwifing people into their death and the death of “america”

the death of america — not who’s is it or which version? the version for us queers, blacks, muslims, etc., never existed. we are calling it into being

lack of compassion isn’t about the other — it’s about a disconnect or unforgiven part of self

you’re not fragile

claim your strength, get more comfortable with being uncomfortable, because the discomfort isn’t going to go away

what guilt and shame and legacy do you carry in your body that prevents you from loving people

as long as people are doing things for someone else, they don’t see their body as their own and they go back to sleep

how can truth and reconciliation be a daily practice and the law of my life?

Sara Sutter