angel Kyodo williams
Buddhist teacher and social visionary
Rev. angel Kyodo williams is an author, maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer, and founder of the Center for Transformative Change. Called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, for over 15 years Rev. angel has dedicated herself to practicing her belief that transforming society is transforming our lives.
She has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and justice since the publication of Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace, hailed as “an act of love” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Alice Walker and “a classic” by Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield.
She published her second book, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, in 2016. Now one of only three black women Zen teachers, she applies wisdom teaching to social issues, and is a leading voice for transformative social change. She received the first Creating Enlightened Society Award from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
Both fierce and grounded, she is known for her willingness to both sit with and speak uncomfortable truths. “Love and Justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters,” angel notes. Whether in writing, teaching, or speaking, her voice is unique.