Awakening Together - Praise

The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community

For every center, organization, or individual who wishes to create a welcoming community for all, this book is a must-read.



280 pages, 6x9 inches


ISBN 9781614293514

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Awakening Together is the best book ever written on Buddhist inclusivity, both racially and sexually.”—The Bay Area Reporter 

“I don’t see how Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community could be better. It is so wise, thoughtful, and dedicated to our healthful growth, ease, and enlightenment through the Dharma that I know I will be reading it for years to come. Larry Yang seems to have thought of everything we will need as we venture bravely forward—through racism, prejudice, ignorance, and poor home training—into the free spiritual beings we were meant to be. Together.”—Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple

“Larry Yang’s voice, heart, and insight in Awakening Together can be both trusted and radically illuminating. I highly recommend this elegant, highly personal, and hopefully profoundly influential book.”—Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living

“What a gift Awakening Together (a timely and essential offering) gives, to learn how, through the lessons of past experience and the lens of future needs, we can build sanghas that represent the illuminating and joyous presence that true diversity brings. ”—Gina Sharpe, Co-Founder, New York Insight Meditation Center

Awakening Together combines the intimately personal, the Buddhist and universal into a loving, courageous, important work that will benefit all who read it. For anyone who longs to collaborate and create a just and inclusive community, Larry provides a brilliant guidebook.”—Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart

“Essential reading as we seek to heal our own hearts, our communities, and our world.”—Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance

“Filled with love. Larry Yang’s teachings on creating and sustaining communities that welcome the full range of our life experiences, are clear and poignant. He skillfully walks us into a vision of an inclusive spiritual home in which we can unfold and reveal our true selves.”—Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, PhD, author of The Way of Tenderness

“A marvelous book, unstoppable in its promise. The integrity and timeliness of Larry Yang’s teaching has the power of an incoming tide.”—Joanna Macy, author of Coming Back to Life

“Larry Yang shares an in-depth personal journey and his professional experience of wise and actionable guidance for building inclusive Buddhist communities. A must read for anyone interested in understanding and integrating the integrities of belonging.”—Ruth King, author of Healing Rage

“Larry Yang’s Awakening Together seamlessly blends the personal with the political. He helps us to see that waking up in all forms is an essential spiritual practice—and that nothing is excluded, including the thorny areas of race, culture, and identity. Larry is a thought leader in this work and his compassionate insight shines through as a guide to us all. This book is a game-changer.”—Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center and co-author of Fully Present

“This book is essential reading for anyone interested in building and sustaining a diverse, inclusive, empowered, wise and compassionate community”—Kittisaro and Thanissara, authors of Listening to the Heart

“This book is a real treasure, and a map to great awakenings in our worldwide sangha.”—Myokei Caine Barrett, Shonin, resident priest of Myoken Temple in Houston

“The compassionate, thoughtful, and inclusive teachings in Awakening Together provide guidance for communities seeking to be more diverse, as well as for individuals seeking diverse spaces in which to practice.”—Foreword Reviews