In the half-century since Buddhism re-entered American pop culture via the Beats (having first enjoyed a passing vogue during the 1890s), more and more black femaleschildren of the civil rights movement, champions of black nationalism, feminist iconoclasts, and intellectualshave been finding their way to Buddhist practice. Quietly, without much visibility or commercial fanfare, these women meditate daily, then take the insights they receive "on the cushion" into their lives as mothers, mates, social activists, and career women. From Tina Turner's autobiographical hat-tip to Nichiren Shoshu to bell hooks's describing her personal synthesis of Buddhist meditation, Christian prayer, and Sufi... More >>>
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Angel Williams is as conversant with Wu-Tang Clan as with the message of the Dalai Lama.