Dharma and Emancipation: Reflections on Juneteenth with Dr. Kamilah Majied

Juneteenth is an important federal holiday in the United States, a date celebrating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. But there is so much more that we can reflect on and unpack within that meaning. What is the significance of Juneteenth from a dharma perspective?

“Everyone can practice with and reflect on Juneteenth as a part of their liberation from the effects of enslavement, including waking up to the aspects of their lives that are impacted by the power, oppression, and privilege dynamics that are residuals of the enslavement of African heritage people,” writes Dr. Kamilah Majied in her forthcoming book Joyfully Just, Black Wisdom and Buddhist Insights for Liberated Living. “We can practice with Juneteenth as a portal to reclamation of connection and authentic living in the truths of our shared existence.”

In this hour-long conversation with Tricycle’s Associate Web Editor Amanda Lim Patton, Buddhist mental health therapist, professor of social work, and inclusivity and equity consultant Kamilah will join us to explore how the residuals of slavery in this country and globally compromise our experience of and insight into interdependence. During the conversation, Kamilah will discuss the significance of Juneteenth; what Buddhism says about emancipation, liberation, and freedom; the parallels between Buddhism and Black wisdom traditions; healing the ongoing impacts of intergenerational trauma and finding inner freedom; and more. 

The pre-recorded conversation will be made available to all registrants on June 19 at 10 a.m. ET.

Tricycle is glad to offer this event free of charge. Click here to make a donation.


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Dr. Kamilah Majied

Dr. Kamilah Majied is a Buddhist mental health therapist, clinical educator, researcher, and internationally engaged consultant on building inclusivity and equity using meditative practices. As Professor of Social Work at California State University, Monterey Bay, she teaches clinical practice to graduate students employing psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based, and artistic approaches to well-being. She has engaged her Buddhist practice for over forty years, leading colloquia, workshops, retreats, and meditation sessions globally on Buddhism as it relates to experiencing wonder, humor, and insight through transforming oppressive patterns and deepening relationships. She is the author of numerous scholarly and secular articles and a contributing author to Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us about Race, Resilience, Transformation & Freedom. Her forthcoming book with Sounds True is entitled Joyfully Just: Black Wisdom and Buddhist Insights for Liberated Living.


  • Date: June 19, 2023
  • Time: Released at 10 a.m. ET
  • Format: Pre-recorded Zoom webinar
  • Price: By donation
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