Pamela Ayo Yetunde, a pastoral counselor and an editor for leading Buddhist media voice Lion’s Roar, has curated this short series of talks and teachings by Black Buddhist leaders specifically for HBCU communities. Originally given at Lion’s Roar’s Dalai Lama Global Vision Summits in 2020 and 2021, they are meant to help anyone realize more compassion, equanimity, contemplation, and lovingkindness—in their personal lives and in society.
And indeed, these qualities can (and should!) be cultivated while in college, irrespective of one’s worldview or belief system. Society tells us that going to and graduating from college is the path to economic success, but while there, do we unwittingly cultivate our intellects at the expense of our hearts? We choose and get behind majority Black spaces to be affirmed in our history, culture, aesthetics, and our personhood, but do we pay enough attention to our own nervous systems in order to manage the stress caused by racialized violence? Can we elevate self-care while also facing the pressure of earning a degree? Yes, we can. And teachings like the ones gathered here can be of real support.
Also included for you is an excerpt from the book Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Race, Resilience, Transformation and Freedom, edited by Yetunde and Cheryl A. Giles and offered by Shambhala Publications.
May these offerings be used to affirm your personhood, cultivate your resiliency, and allow you to fully claim your heart-mind, because a heart-mind is a wonderful thing to gain.