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Dr. Jan Willis
Centilia Cultural Center at El Centro de la Raza
Seattle, WA
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Thank you for your interest in "A Multimedia Exploration of Race & Racism through a Buddhist Lens" with Dr. Jan Willis. If you are interested in joining our email list so that you are notified of upcoming events, please send an email to info@dharmafriendship.org. May all beings be healthy and happy, peaceful and liberated.


Dr. Jan Willis
How do Buddhist principles help us to recognize racial injustice, both within ourselves, and structurally, as a society?  How can they help us to dismantle these often subtle, but deeply rooted obstacles to creating a peace and happiness accessible to all?        

Please join us for this special opportunity to explore these questions and more, with long time activist, scholar, professor, and Buddhist practitioner, Dr. Jan Willis. In conversation, exercises, group activities, and meditation, we will uncover new answers that deepen our understanding, fueling enlightened activism for change at all levels, from the individual to the collective.

Also featured will be a screening of the film, "I Am Not Your Negro", written by James Baldwin.

Jan Willis is Professor of Religious Studies Emerita at Wesleyan University and Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. She is one of the earliest American scholar-practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism, having studied Buddhism with Tibetan teachers for more than forty years.

She discovered dharma as a path to healing the trauma of racism growing up in the segregated south, and has forged paths for the integration of Buddhism and social and political justice.

She is the author of the memoir Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist, and Buddhist (2001) and scholarly and popular works on Buddhist meditation, hagiography, women and Buddhism, and Buddhism and race. She has been on short lists and profiled by Time, Ebony, and Newsweek.  
Registration open now. Questions: email info@dharmafriendship.org.

Schedule: The doors will open at 8am on Saturday, October 19, for check in. Please arrive early enough to park (if driving), and find your seat before 9am when Dr. Willis will address the community. We will have a flexible schedule throughout the day long program, with breaks for lunch and dinner. We will close at around 9pm.

Parking: Parking in the El Centro de la Raza lot is limited to short term parking. If you are coming for the day and unable to use the light rail (the event is across the street from the Beacon Hill station), or Metro Bus, there is street parking available in the neighborhood to the east. There is no RPZ parking enforcement on weekends.

Food options: There are food carts on the plaza offering authentic Mexican food, a Taco Chukis with indoor seating, The Station (hot drinks and some food items), and a variety of other restaurants within walking distance in the Beacon Hill area. Tables at Centilia Cultural Center will also be available for brown bag lunch and dinner.


Centilia Cultural Center at El Centro de la Raza (View)
1660 S. Roberto Maestas Festival St.
Seattle, WA 98144
United States


Education > Workshops
Other > Health & Wellness
Other > Spiritual

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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