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Dreaming Me by Jan Willis.A brilliant child growing up in the Jim Crow South, Jan Willis escaped the Ku Klux Klan only to face racism of another kind in an Ivy League university Recruited by the Black Panther Party, she chose instead to travel to India and Nepal, where she encountered Lama Yeshe, a Tibetan monk who would become her mentor and later one of the most influential Buddhist teachers in the West Through his guidance, Jan Willis learned to face down the demons of her past and embrace her whole identity Black, Baptist, and Buddhist Dreaming Me is her story, one that will move anyone who is compelled by the examined life Publishers Weekly, Starred Review. Up front I am not a fan, nor inspired by Wallis religiosity Her take on tantra and christianity are not my cup of tea That said, I think this is a valuable work and inspiring memoir of an amazingly intelligent, gifted, strong and determined woman one that I can imagine being quite inspiring to other women in general, and african american women in particular, so I heartily recommend it Even if you are not religious, I think her story is an important one, written in such a way that keeps one s interest throughout I especially respect her forthrightness in discussing color and her lived life or racism in these so called united states Recently, she wrote an article for Buddhadharma about the whiteness of the north american sangha Her s is a voice buddhists must hear and further listen to @Free E-pub á Dreaming Me ì The Triumphant Story Of Courage And Determination, Willis Writes Movingly Of Surviving A Childhood In An Alabama Mining Camp In The S To Become One Of The First Black Students To Attend Cornell University An Early Experience Of Marching With Martin Luther King, Jr In Birmingham Sets Her On A Path Of Activism, And As So Many Others Did, Willis Faced The Dilemma Of Violence Or Peace In Changing The World After Nearly Joining The Black Panthers, Willis Instead Set Off To India And Developed A Deep Relationship With A Tibetan Spiritual Master Who Would Forever Change Her Life The subtitle is deceptively linear Black Panthers Tibetan Buddhists The ongoing fight for racial equality for Black Americans I don t always find spiritual autobiographies inspiring, but this one was What does one do when the oppressor s blood courses in one s own veins How could I run away from myself How to make peace with such horrific origins.Given such history, the questioning of origins, though painful, was unavoidable p 13 Again, the Dalai Lama said, Patience is most important But if you are certain there is no other alternative to violent action , if you are clear and certain about this, then what you must do is this First, you must think lovingly and with compassion about the policeman If you think or call him a pig, then you must let him shoot you But if you can wish him well, and pray for his future happy rebirth, then of course, you can stop him from harming the others You can stop him by any means necessary We were relieved and amazed p 182 Though we all possess innate purity, clarity, strength, and potential to be infinitely wise and compassionate beings, still we need someone to encourage us and show us how to manifest those qualities p 305 I call myself a Baptist Buddhist not to be cute or witty but because it is an honest description of who I feel I am When I was on that planeI felt sheer and utter terror, and I called on both traditions for help Long ago, Kierkegaard had argued that one doesn t know what one really believes until one is forced to act.Most times, actually, I think of myself as being an African American BuddhistbutI call on both traditions It is a deep response p 311. This title was South Austin Spiritual Book Group s selection for February, 2018, Black History Month The author even offered to fly in to lead our discussion if I had contacted her earlier.One of the most compelling segments of Jan s whole life memoir was a decision she made when she was 21 After Jan was invited to be a Black Panther, she had to make the choice to either join the Panthers or return to Nepal As it turned out, the most important thing was to wait to make that decision After a short while, Cornell offered her a Traveling Fellowship to Nepal, which she took The way she waited and allowed the dean and her advisors to bring her an offer was illustrative of an older soul to me, someone who would really do some good in a profound way Not with guns, but with spirit That one decision she made changed the trajectory of Jan s life forever and for better If she had not taken her time and allowed the winds of heaven to dance between she and her decision, she may have ended up dead. Jan Willis has had a remarkable life journey Her voice in this account is modest and calm The reader has to pay attention to what she doesn t say to grasp her academic achievements Her early learning of Hindi, Sanskrit, and Tibetan languages, her successful academic career Her story is personal, but deeply rooted in a particular history She writes of growing up outside of Birmingham, Alabama in a time when the KKK were unrestricted and when the appearance of black performers on television would be blocked out by the stations intervening in the broadcast by putting out a a sign that said trouble along the cable rather than put a black face out on the airwaves She also documents the healing of the hurt caused by racist experiences through the practice of Tibetan Buddhism She describes her relationships with her Tibetan teachers with a loving care This healing is a life long process, one which doesn t exclude activism She writes about a choice after college between going to study in Tibet versus joining the Black Panthers Although she chose Tibet, she maintains a loyalty to the work of the Panthers, and close ties to the Civil rights movement, especially through her role as a teacher She does this without repudiating her ambivalent childhood experiences in her parents Black Baptist church Through her example, she provides a model of how to combine activism and self care Although understated, this is a powerful and moving book The short afterward by Bettina Aptheker is also worth reading she offers perspective on the deep meaning of Jan Willis s narrative of healing. A very interesting memoir of a Black woman who grew up in the South and ended up as a professor of Buddhist studies up North I personally was a bit disappointed because I expected Willis story to be a bit about Buddhism and a bit less about her own academic trajectory I also have less of a grasp of the Tibetan tradition, which is the tradition that Willis is most engaged with Also, I d be remiss to not mention that some of Willis descriptions of India did not sit well with me For instance, at one point she gets to a poorer region of the country and writes something like, Finally I was seeing the real India I m sure Willis might phrase some things differently were she to write the same book today, and it still kind of detracted from her discussion of her spiritual journey. Very nice memoir, and it was cool to read about Kopan before it was what it is now I was there in 2007 and am going back this year. What an amazing life and so inspiring I ve seen her speak a couple of times and she s quite the presence It is hard to put this down. Remarkable, honest, at times heart wrenching to see the extent of impact racism has had on her life, her race Purchased at used book store, due to my official affiliation with Baptist, through which I am an ordained clergyperson, but no longer associate with, and unofficial identification with Buddhism, where my heart has been many years I found much here than I anticipated, and appreciate how both her Baptist roots and Buddhist affiliation found a home within the author s heart and life Few persons can move on from their faith roots and retain connection with it, and the spirit of Buddhism and love of family were instrumental in that wide embrace Again, however, much here This is the kind of book I read and would delight to meet the author, simply to be in his or presence up close and receive wisdom from.