Cheryl Giles, Francis Greenwood Peabody Senior Lecturer on Pastoral Care and Counseling at HDS, discusses her coedited anthology of “freedom stories” exploring what it means to be Black and Buddhist in America.
Buddhism is a way of life, a philosophy, a psychology, a set of ethics, a religion, or a combination thereof. Central to the many ways Buddhism is understood is the achievement of emotional, mental, and psychological wellness. African Americans are at perpetual risk of psychological imbalance and trauma due to the social realities of racism in the United States. In this video, the authors engage the question: What can Buddhism offer African Americans who want to be emotionally resilient in a context they cannot singlehandedly change?... Read more about Video: Black And Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us about Race, Resilience, Transformation, and Freedom
HDS Senior Lecturer Cheryl Giles discusses her new co-edited anthology, Black & Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Race, Resilience, Transformation & Freedom, in which eight teachers share their journeys.
“A huge learning in my project emerged when I realized that I didn’t have to make the case that Buddhism and play have something to offer each other. Rather than impress anyone with my nifty theorizing, I could just guide some meditation practices, juxtapose them with InterPlay forms, and allow those present to arrive at their own conclusions.”—Alex Baskin, MDiv ‘22... Read more about Humans of HDS: Embodying a Playful Dharma
The following essay was written by Jane Tuohy, senior partner at Cambridge Hill Partners, Inc. Jane audited the HDS course, "Compassionate Care of the Dying: Buddhist Training and Techniques," co-taught by Cheryl Giles and Chris Berlin, in spring 2020.
Might the Covid-19 pandemic open our eyes to important truths about ourselves? Jay L. Garfield, Visiting Professor of Buddhist Philosophy, examines the Buddhist insights made apparent by the current crisis.