Seattle University brings to campus two of the most prominent African American Buddhists, Charles Johnson (above left) and Lama Choyin Rangdrol (above right) for a public dialogue on the relevance of Buddhist philosophy and practice for Black America. “Buddhism in Black America: A Global Perspective” takes place March 8 at 7 p.m. in Bannan Auditorium.
Dr. Charles Johnson, University of Washington professor emeritus, is a novelist, essayist, literary scholar, short-story writer, cartoonist and illustrator, screen-and-teleplay writer, and philosopher. A MacArthur fellow, Johnson received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature and a National Book Award for his novel Middle Passage. He recently published “Taming the Ox: Buddhist Stories, and Reflections on Politics, Race, Culture, and Spiritual Practice.”
Lama Rangdrol is a Vajrayana Buddhist teacher who has taught extensively in Asia and Europe. His book Black Buddha: Changing the Face of American Buddhism, was featured as an American Buddhist classic in Buddhadharma magazine. Rangdrol’s film “Festival Canceled Due To Heavy Rain,” which chronicled his pilgrimage to Cambodia’s Angkor monuments, received the Accolade Award for Filmmaking Excellence from the Hawaii International Film Festival.
“Buddhism in Black America: A Global Perspective,” is sponsored and Seattle University EcoSangha Co-director and Philosophy Professor Jason M. Wirth and is co-sponsored by Global African Studies. This event is free and open to the public.