21st century Bodhisattva Path and Activism – Weekend teachings with Jan Willis
September 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
One event on September 21, 2019 at 10:00 am
One event on September 22, 2019 at 8:00 am
We have a great honor to have Professor Jan Willis visiting and teaching at our center in September.
Tickets and more detailed information of this weekend’s teachings will come later.
- is professor emerita of religion at Wesleyan University and has been a visiting professor at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.
- She has studied Buddhism with Tibetan teachers for more than forty years and is the author of the memoir Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist, and Buddhist.
- Willis grew up in Docena, Alabama (near Birmingham), as the daughter of a Baptist deacon and steelworker.
- While traveling through Asia during the early 1970s, she became the student of Tibetan Lama Thubten Yeshe, who encouraged her academic pursuits. See the photo
- She received BA and MA degrees in philosophy from Cornell University (thesis: History, Faith, and Kerygma; A Critique of Bultmann’s Existentialist Theology.), and a Ph.D. in Indic and Buddhist Studies from Columbia University (dissertation: A Study of the Chapter on Reality Based Upon the Tattvartha-patalam of Asanga’s Bodhisattvabhumi.).
She is also the author of the following books:
- The Diamond Light: An Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Meditation. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1972.
- On Knowing Reality: The Tattvartha Chapter of Asanga’s Bodhisattvabhumi. Columbia UP, 1979.
- Enlightened Beings: Life Stories from the Ganden Oral Tradition. Wisdom Publications, 1995.
- Feminine Ground: Essays on Women and Tibet. (Editor, and contributor of two of six, essays) Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion, 1989.
See her webpage janwillis.org
Articles about Jan Willis;
The memoir, Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist, and Buddhist
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.