October 2019

12Oct(Oct 12)10:00 AM13(Oct 13)4:30 PMThe Gathering II: Buddhist Sangha of Black African Descent (2-Day) with Special Guest, Angela DavisOpen to Persons of Black African Descent Only10:00 AM - 4:30 PM (13) Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Noliwe Alexander; Myokei Caine-Barrett; Konda Mason; Rev. angel Kyodo williams; and Friends; Special Guest - Angela Davis No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: October 12-13, 2019; Times: Sat: 10:00am – 9:30pm, Sun: 10:00am – 4:30pm
Sliding Scale: $90 – 230. Code BT1M19.
2-Day Non-Residential Retreat
Single Day Options Available:
Day 1: Saturday only – Register here. Day 2: Sunday only – Register here. 

Open to Persons of Black African Descent Only

Come join in community at the culmination of a weeklong gathering of Buddhist Teachers of Black African descent.

We’ll open our doors and hearts to welcome practitioners of Black African descent for a weekend retreat of dharma talks, panel discussions, chanting, silent meditation and walking practices, accessible to all bodies. Saturday evening will be an extraordinary event featuring scholar and activist, Angela Davis, and other distinguished guests, followed by music and joyous celebration. Bear witness to this momentous event in the unfolding of American Buddhism. We’ll weave a rich fabric of traditions, lineages, approaches, and ways into one single cloth of liberatory teachings. You won’t want to miss this!

Guided meditation,walking meditation, discussion, breakout groups, Q&A, outdoor activities. Please bring your own brown bag lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Dinner served Saturday evening only.

Free round-trip shuttle service to the East Bay will be provided. Shuttle service will be from the MacArthur BART station located at 555 40th St, Oakland, CA 94609. Please be sure to register online for this event and let us know during the registration process whether you need shuttle service. 

Organizers: Noliwe Alexander, Myokei Caine-Barrett, Konda Mason, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, and Friends

Sponsored by: Hai Fund, Hemera Foundation, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, East Bay Meditation Center, InsightLA, Lenz Foundation, Lion’s Roar, and Sounds True Foundation

General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can’t attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.


Visit our Online Bulletin Board for Ride Sharing to find or offer a ride.


Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteering@spiritrock.org.


Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review our Non-Residential Programs FAQ for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.


  • Konda Mason

    Konda Mason

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  • Myokei Caine-Barrett

    Myokei Caine-Barrett

    Myokei Caine-Barrett, Shonin, first encountered Buddhism in 1963. She has been practicing the Lotus Sutra ever since. In 2002 she began training to become a priest. She became head priest and guiding teacher of the Nichiren Buddhist Sangha of Texas in Houston, also known as Moken-ji Temple, in 2007. Myokei Caine-Barrett has active prison and hospice ministries, and is deeply committed to healing our culture. She is currently bishop of the Nichiren Shu Order of North America.

  • Noliwe Alexander

    Noliwe Alexander

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  • Rev. angel Kyodo williams

    Rev. angel Kyodo williams

    Rev. angel Kyodo williams is an ordained Zen priest and author of "Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace" and ""Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. Williams is the Spiritual Director of and founder of the Center for Transformative Change. https://angelkyodowilliams.com/

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