Enriching Our Lives with Black Contemplative Practices: A Premium Event with Dr. Kamilah Majied

Black contemplative practices are often misunderstood, especially when they are appropriated, and sometimes they are underestimated as simply entertainment or frivolity.

In her new book, Joyfully Just: Black Wisdom and Buddhist Insights for Liberated Living, Dr. Kamilah Majied shows people from all spiritual traditions and cultural backgrounds how to use meditative practices to reclaim joy. She writes, “Our spirits, bodies, minds, and hearts need to be buoyant to navigate the unceasing waves of grief, fear, doubt, prejudice, and devaluation that we witness and often experience internally, interpersonally, and communally.”

Joyfully Just is about tapping into that buoyancy, that levity, with diverse meditative practices, highlighting practices, teachings, and insights from Buddhism and Black contemplative traditions. Black contemplative traditions include practices that bring forth insight and joy, including those shared through language and dialect practices; Black poetry and literature; dance and communicative kinesics (movement and gesture) practices; and music, such as Gospel, Blues, Rock, Jazz, R&B, and Hip-Hop.

In this virtual event on June 13 at 2PM ET, Dr. Majied will join Tricycle’s Web Editor Mike Sheffield to discuss how these practices can lead to insight and offer us guidance for wise, courageous living. She will do a deep dive into Black cultural traditions and how these manifest wisdom and mirror Buddhist insights regarding interdependence and the transmutation of suffering.

This event is free for Tricycle Premium subscribers and $10 for general admission. Subscribe to Premium or upgrade your existing subscription for free access.


Dr. Kamilah Majied

Dr. Kamilah Majied is a contemplative inclusivity and equity consultant, mental health therapist, clinical educator, researcher, and internationally engaged consultant on building inclusivity and equity using meditative practices. After 15 years of teaching at Howard University, Dr. Majied joined the faculty at California State University, Monterey Bay as Professor of Social Work. She serves as the Diversity and Inclusivity Consultant for the Contemplative Coping During COVID-19 Research Project at the University of California Davis Center for Mind and Brain. She teaches clinical practice to graduate students employing psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based, and artistic approaches to well-being, and authored a chapter in the second edition of Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy, “Contemplative Practices for Assessing and Eliminating Racism in Psychotherapy.” She also teaches research methods, social and organizational policy analysis, and community organizing through a social justice lens. Kamilah gave opening remarks at the first White House Conference of Buddhist Leaders on Climate Change and Racial Justice, where she also facilitated a dialogue on ending racism amongst the internationally represented Buddhist leadership. She is the author of the book Joyfully Just: Black Wisdom and Buddhist Insights for Liberated Living (Sounds True, 2024).


  • Date: June 13, 2024
  • Time: 2-3 P.M. ET
  • Format: Zoom webinar
  • Price: Premium subscribers: Free // General admission: $10