Next Sunday, October 15, Professor Emeritus Charles Johnson, the Grace M. Pollock Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Washington, will be delivering the Dharma message.
In addition to his 25 books, numerous short stories, screen-and-teleplays, and essays in publications like Lion’s Roar and Tricycle, Johnson is a professional cartoonist, international lecturer and editor who has addressed the issues of black life and race in America for decades.
Johnson received the 1990 National Book Award for Middle Passage, National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim fellowships, a Writers Guild Award for his PBS drama “Booker,” two Washington State Governor’s Awards for literature, and an Academy Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
In 1998, Johnson received a prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship (Genius Grant) and in 2003 literary scholars founded the Charles Johnson Society at the American Literature Association.
Johnson’s two most recent books, “Grand: A Grandparent’s Wisdom for a Happy Life” (2020) and “The Eightfold Path” (2022) are powerful narratives written by a Buddhist who embraces the Dharma, meditation, and martial arts. As was the case in his book about slavery, “Middle Passage,” Buddhist themes are woven throughout each book.
The Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple would like to encourage you to attend next Sunday’s service and to encourage family and friends to join us whether they are Buddhists or not. The Temple embraces inclusivity and welcomes everybody as they are.