This book brings together three essential teachers of Buddhist spiritual practice. Each is also a BIPOC woman. They are friends, and write like friends together, on topics that often center on responding to violence, ignorance, and trauma with spiritual practices aimed at wholeness. They tell in the introduction of how the book was birthed at a shared retreat some twenty years ago.

Then they explain: “The connecting thread that brought the three of us together to write this book is that we are each students of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as practitioners and Dharma teachers in the International Plum Village Community and Order of Interbeing that he founded.” Thay’s spirit is everywhere on these pages.

Practice is woven throughout chapters on topics such as “Intimacy and Sexuality,” “Grounding in the Ancestors,” and “Self-Care and Celebrating Ourselves.” In addition, gatherings of mindfulness and journaling practices, most of all, appear at the end of every chapter.

The authors tell personal stories of vulnerability, loss, and personal danger. In fact, a warning appears in the early-going: “For those who have experienced or been impacted by sexual abuse, miscarriage, domestic violence, and mental illness, we offer a trigger warning that these topics are discussed in this book, as are many other reflections and practices that we hope you will experience as soothing, grounding, and healing.”

There are ten significant mindfulness practices in total. We found most essential “Mindfulness with Our Electronic Devices” and “Mindful Listening When People Are Polarized.” See also “A Meditation on Loving Our Skin,” in the excerpt accompanying this review.

This book deserves to find thousands of readers, BIPOC or not, because BIPOC or not, we need what these Buddhist wisdom teachers have to offer.

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