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Dr. Kamilah Majied has practiced and taught Buddhism and mindfulness practice from several perspectives including mindfulness based cognitive therapy, mindfulness and racial justice, Buddhism and mental health, and mindfulness practices to preserve the environment.
Dr. Majied was drawn to Buddhism as a teenager because of the expressed connection between enlightenment and joy and between joy and justice. Her practice of Buddhism launched her curiosity about the causes of unhappiness, particularly as unhappiness is created by social oppression. This led her to pursue a master’s degree and then PhD in clinical social work. As a practicing therapist and clinical consultant for over 20 years, she has had the opportunity to support individuals, families and communities in using Buddhist practices and principles to heal from racism, sexism, homophobia and other types of oppression and reclaim joy in their lives.
During her opening remarks at the first White House Conference of Buddhist Leaders on Climate Change and Racial Justice, Dr. Majied talked about how great joy can emerge from great sorrow if we turn towards the sorrow as if it were a teacher and decide to learn from it, and to enjoy the challenge of doing so. As a co-author of the Buddhist People of Color Statement Calling for Racial Justice, Dr, Majied was part of the team of practitioners who worked to describe the extraordinary pain of racism and the commitment to use our Buddhist practice to transform it. Drawing from over 40 years of contemplative practice and social justice activism, Dr. Majied LOVES engaging practitioners in experiencing wonder, humor and insight as we release oppressive patterns and deepen relationships with one another and with the natural world.