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Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community Paperback – 11 October 2017

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"Awakening Together is the best book ever written on Buddhist inclusivity, both racially and sexually."--The Bay Area Reporter "Foreword Reviews"

"The compassionate, thoughtful, and inclusive teachings in Awakening Together provide guidance for communities seeking to be more diverse, as well as for individuals seeking diverse spaces in which to practice."--Joanna Macy, author of Coming Back to Life "Foreword Reviews"

"What a gift Awakening Together (a timely and essential offering) gives, to learn how, through the lessons of past experience and the lens of future needs, we can build sanghas that represent the illuminating and joyous presence that true diversity brings." --Gina Sharpe, Co-Founder, New York Insight Meditation Center

"I don't see how Awakening Together could be better. It is so wise, thoughtful, dedicated to our healthful growth, ease, and enlightenment through the Dharma that I know I will be reading it for years to come. Larry Yang seems to have thought of everything we will need as we venture bravely forward--through racism, prejudice, and ignorance--into the free spiritual beings we were meant to be. Together."--Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple

"Awakening Together combines the intimately personal, the Buddhist and universal into a loving, courageous, important work that will benefit all who read it. For anyone who longs to collaborate and create a just and inclusive community, Larry provides a brilliant guidebook."--Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart

"Larry Yang's voice, heart, and insight in Awakening Together can be both trusted and radically illuminating. We do indeed need each other for any of us to awaken to our true nature as human beings. Mindfulness practice has to be about inclusivity and diversity and justice if it is to be kind and compassionate and wise. If we truly "inter-are" as Thich Nhat Hanh asserts, then, as this book shows, we have to widen our scope of what is worthy of our attention. Parts of this book may make some people in the greater mindfulness community uncomfortable. It certainly was true in my case. That is precisely why it is particularly valuable to read and reflect upon and learn from. We need trusted others to show us our blind spots, our tacit assumptions, and our ignorance. I highly recommend this elegant, highly personal, and hopefully profoundly influential book."--Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living

"This book is a real treasure, and a map to great awakenings in our worldwide sangha."--Myokei Caine Barrett, Shonin, resident priest of Myoken Temple in Houston

"This book is essential reading for anyone interested in building and sustaining a diverse, inclusive, empowered, wise and compassionate community."--Kittisaro and Thanissara, authors of Listening to the Heart

"A marvelous book, unstoppable in its promise. The integrity and timeliness of Larry Yang's teaching has the power of an incoming tide."--Joanna Macy, author of Coming Back to Life

"For the first time--a Dharma book that is a roadmap showing collective pathways out of social suffering. In a voice both passionate and wise, Larry Yang guides us to co-create spiritual communities that embrace the pain of oppression and inequity as integral to the ground of compassion and liberatory spiritual practice."--Mushim Patricia Ikeda, Buddhist teacher, author, and activist

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Larry Yang teaches meditation retreats nationally and has a special interest in creating access to the Dharma for diverse multicultural communities. Larry has practiced extensively in Burma and Thailand, with a six month period of ordination as a Buddhist monk under the guidance of meditation master Ajahn Tong. Larry is one of the core teachers and leaders of the East Bay Meditation Center and is on the Spirit Rock Teachers Council. He is one of the coordinating teachers of the Spirit Rock Teacher Training program and their Community Dharma Leader program. He lives in San Francisco.

Jan Willis is the author of Dreaming of Me: Black, Baptist, and Buddhist--One Woman's Spiritual Journey. She teaches at Wesleyan University, and lives in Connecticut.

Sylvia Boorstein is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and is the author of It's Easier than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness, as well as several other books

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