Charles Johnson

Charles Johnson is a philosopher, novelist, essayist, and cartoonist. He won the National Book Award for his novel Middle Passage, which follows the adventures of a newly freed slave.
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Turning Word

A novelist, philosopher, and Soto Zen practitioner talks about what Buddhist book has made a significant impact on his practice.

By Charles Johnson

Magazine Society & Environment


  “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” Patrick Henry made his famous declaration at the Second Virginia Convention in 1775 and it was with similar conviction that the Buddha sat down beneath the fig tree in Bodhgaya 2,500 years ago, vowing to […]

[Gustav, Niebuhr] And [Charles, Johnson] And [Bhikshuni Thubten, Chodron] And [Russell C., Leong] And [ Anne, Jeffries] And [Neil, Gordon] Charles Johnson
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