Liberation

Helping Raven arrange flowers before a meeting, Woodpecker asked, “What’s liberation?”

Raven said, “Another couple of daffodils on this side, I think.”

Woodpecker said, “You’re not answering my question.”

Raven said, “Daffodils.”

-“Zen Master Raven” by Robert Aitken

Weekend Reading

“Igniting a long-overdue dialogue about how the legacy of racial injustice and white supremacy plays out in society at large and Buddhist communities in particular, this urgent call to action outlines a new dharma that takes into account the ways that racism and privilege prevent our collective awakening. The authors traveled around the country to spark an open conversation that brings together the Black prophetic tradition and the wisdom of the Dharma. Bridging the world of spirit and activism, they urge a compassionate response to the systemic, state-sanctioned violence and oppression that has persisted against black people since the slave era. With national attention focused on the recent killings of unarmed black citizens and the response of the Black-centered liberation groups such as Black Lives Matter, Radical Dharma demonstrates how social transformation and personal, spiritual liberation must be articulated and inextricably linked.”

Picked up this juicy little thang from the library today. Will read, will report. Someone keep me honest. I’ll have it done by Monday. In the mean time from Amazon’s store: