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In honor of Black History Month, Tricycle is presenting a special video series, “Teachings for Uncertain Times,” featuring 13 teachers of color, here on our blog, Trike Daily, throughout February. The videos are free to watch.

Larry Ward, director of the Lotus Institute and a senior dharma teacher ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh, talks about seeing America’s racial karma as samsara in the following video. 

“Our racial suffering is deep and wide. It is a particular kind of samsara—repeated cycles of denial, bitterness, pain, fear and many forms of violence. It is sustained and passed on,” Ward explains. “However, hidden in this crisis is a profound opportunity to . . . reinvent what it means to be a human being.”

Download a transcript of this talk. It has been edited for clarity.

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