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DynamicJan Willis is someone that I identified with Not being Black, some would scoff at this but I am Buddhist and a Lutheran I was born shortly after her and watched in horror with my family at black degradation during the 50s and 60s I saw the fight and was in awe of Black courage We all suffer and I identified with Ms Willis pain and subsequent learning from Buddhism She is a great teacher and author and I have greatly benefited from her story (((Free Book))) ⇵ Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist, and Buddhist - One Woman's Spiritual Journey ⇲ Jan Willis Is Not Baptist Or Buddhist She Is Simply Both Dreaming Me Is The Story Of Her Life, As A Child Growing Up In The Jim Crow South, Dealing With Racism In An Ivy League College, And Becoming Involved With The Black Panther Party But It Wasn T Until Meeting Lama Yeshe, A Tibetan Buddhist Monk Living In The Mountains Of Nepal, That She Realized Who The Real Jan Willis Was, And How To Make The Most Of The Life She Was Living Dreaming Me Black, Baptist, and Buddhist is a beautifully written memoir in which Jan Willis charts her spiritual life s journey towards self love An exceptionally gifted intellectual and a gentle soul by nature, Willis tells the story of having her self worth consistently undermined by racism She grew up in a Southern, Black rural town terrorized by the Klu Klux Klan, where she observed the crippling effects of the KKK on her community s self esteem As a child, Willis mother referred to her intelligence as evil Years later, even Willis full scholarship to an Ivy league college came with the cost of tokenization and criticism from her town Willis spiritual path is a journey of self acceptance and fulfilling her potential in spite of the oppressive effects of racism Her experiences of racial oppression in Docena, Alabama are vivid and disturbing Her life s story serves a reminder that some living African Americans carry these hateful memories with them today Hers is a traumatic experience of racism many Americans would like to think of as an ancient history This oppression spans from a girlhood memory of watching through the window as the Klan burns crosses in the nearest alleyway, to recent research on her family lineage, in which she speaks with a living local historian, a librarian who makes the cutting remark that Willis intellect is accounted for by a certain White male in her ancestry Willis portrays racism as such a dominant force throughout her early life in particular, that when reading the book, I wondered when the focus on spirituality was going to kick in.It comes during her undergraduate studies, starting when Willis spends a year living in India She finds herself especially at home amongst the Tibetans there After her study abroad, she and several friends travel to Nepal, where Willis stops to visit a Tibetan stupa Willis meditates at the stupa, experiencing intense inner peace during her visit A monk residing there invites Willis to stay and study at the temple Though Willis returns back to college in the states to finish her undergraduate degree, she remembers her experience at the shrine and the monk s invitation Upon graduation, Willis finds herself faced with the most difficult choice she would ever have to make work for the Black Panther Party or return to the Tibetan monastery, the choice between, in Willis own words, a piece or peace Out of a commitment to following her own path, and with a university traveling scholarship from her Master s program, Willis returns to the stupa, where she spends a year dedicated to her spiritual practice There she learns to live with both pride and humility, a challenge which, she remarks, is made additionally difficult for all African Americans due to the trauma of slavery.She finds what she is seeking in Buddhism Willis spends a year in Tibet living at a Buddhist monastery, and eventually goes on to teach Buddhist Studiesin order to give the gift of believing in oneself to others Ultimately, as an adult, Willis settled into a life she chose for herself She revisits her family, her hometown, and her father s Baptist church Having come full circle, Willis expands the concept of her spirituality identity to see herself as a Baptist Buddhist I found Jan Willis story astonishing, in part due to the opportunities which open to her at pivotal moments in her life Looking back on her life s accomplishments, receiving the praise of her students and her spiritual guide, Lama Yeshe, upon her teachings in the classroom, Willis recognizes that she has always had a lioness spirit, longing to really roar This book is a powerful and vulnerable telling of a phenomenal woman s life Neither Black, Baptist, nor Buddhist, I found this autobiography beautiful and enlightening I imagine that for readers who can closely identify with Jan Willis experience, Dreaming Me offers a model of profound hope and inspiration.Review by Kathryn Berg This was a beautiful book about one woman s path, from a childhood of discrimination growing up Black in the south , to an ivy league education, a choice between joining the Black Panthers and Buddhism I loved it How does someone overcome the scars of growing black in the south