Cited by Time
magazine as one of the top religious innovators of the new millennium, Jan Willis has an extraordinary story to tell. Raised in a segregated Alabama mining camp, she eventually would become a renowned Indo-Tibetan scholar and professor of religion at Wesleyan University. Along the way, she took part in an armed takeover of a Cornell University building during a black student protest, marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. in Birmingham, and, ultimately, found peace within a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Hers is a deeply personal journey of racial and spiritual healing that "will move anyone who is compelled by the examined life." (Publishers Weekly
, starred review)
Author Biography: Jan Willis is one of Wesleyan University's most inspiring and popular professors. She is the first African American to become Indo-Tibetan scholar and translator. She has been a practitioner of Tibetan-Buddhism for more than 30 years and is the author of several books on Buddhism.