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Book Signing & Discussion with Rev Liên Shutt

Location: Capital Books

When: Saturday, October 21, 3pm


Rev. Liên Shutt (she/they) is a recognized leader in the movement that breaks through the wall of American white-centered convert Buddhism to welcome people of all backgrounds into a contemporary, engaged Buddhism. As an ordained Zen priest, licensed social worker, and longtime educator/teacher of Buddhism, Shutt represents new leadership at the nexus of spirituality and social justice, offering a special warm welcome to Asian Americans, all BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, and those seeking a “home” in the midst of North American society’s reckoning around racism, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia. Shutt is a co-founder of Buddhists of Color (1998) and founder of Access to Zen (2014). As the creator, producer, and host, she launched a podcast series, “Opening Dharma Access: Listening to BIPOC Teachers,” in 2022 with Lama Karma Yeshe Chödrön, Sister Peace and Dalila Bothwell.


Dawn Haney (she/they) has been organizing, coaching, teaching, and writing for 20 years, on feminism, white anti-racism, Buddhism, leadership, and liberation. A dharma student since 2003, they are a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders program, a Community Teacher at East Bay Meditation Center and the Alphabet Sangha and taught across the US as a former Co-Director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.


Home Is Here is for anyone seeking restoration and healing—from white supremacy culture or other oppressions. Rev. Liên Shutt introduces us to the Engaged Four Noble Truths, a reframing of foundational Buddhist teachings that actively addresses the urgent causes of today and offers antiracist practices applicable to our everyday lives.

For both those who are new to Buddhism and
those who wish to deepen their practice, Home Is
Here shows us how we may attend to ourselves in
the face of racism and oppression—and invites us all
to return to our individual and collective wholeness.

Grounded in practice, memoir, and mindful self-help skill-building, Rev. Liên Shutt’s Engaged Four Noble Truths clarify and support us to be with, work with, and respond to racialization and systems of oppression. With a unique perspective as a queer Asian American Zen priest, Rev. Liên shares her own experiences with anti-Asian hate—as a teen riding her bike, meditating in whitewashed monasteries—and asks, what does it mean to attend to our suffering in body, heart, and mind when racism can cause such intense hurt and pain?

Illuminating a path toward healing and liberation, Home Is Here moves us all from knowing and contemplation to a place of action and wholeness.