Several hundred Buddhist teachers and practitioners of Black African descent gathered at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, in Woodacre, California, in October 2019 for what organizers called a “transformational” coming together of Buddhist teachers and practitioners of Black African descent.

Events for “The Gathering II: The Fierce Urgency of Now” included an eight-day residential retreat attended by 75 teachers and a weekend retreat for practitioners. The novelist and Buddhist Alice Walker gave the opening night talk, and a discussion with the professor and political activist Angela Davis and Buddhist scholar Jan Willis drew a crowd of 350 people, according to organizers.

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