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Radical Friendship by Kate Johnson
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Aug 24, 2021 | ISBN 9781611808117

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“In this fresh, brave, and liberative offering, Kate Johnson explores the strength of diversity and intimacy of community, prioritizing friendship as a healing practice and relationships as a path to collective freedom. Prepare to love yourself more and to appreciate conscious belonging.”—Ruth King, author of Mindful of Race
“With freshness, clarity, and passion, Kate Johnson shows how attending to the quality of our friendships can heal and free our heart. You’ll find Kate to be a wise guide and a trustworthy, caring friend on the path. Please read and share with others: Our world needs a revolution of true friendliness!”—Tara Brach, author of Radical Compassion

Radical Friendship is a wise, ennobling, sanctuary of a book. It invites our heart to go deep into friendship, justice, love, and conscience. It reminds us of the beauty we can create with one another.”—Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

“A skilled, natural storyteller and teacher, Kate generously shares her humanity and journey of fears, tears, and awakening as a mixed-race Dharma student, activist, and teacher. This is a rare opportunity to receive the gift of deeper understanding of a multilayered, heartbreaking, and heartwarming journey accompanied by integrated wisdom.”—Gina Sharpe
Radical Friendship connects the Buddhist teachings to universal human experience by unraveling the narrow bandwidth of white supremacy within Western interpreted and colonized dharma. A radical teacher that lifts veils of privilege, oppression, and fragility (greed, hatred, delusion), this book invites and allows the dharma to permeate into all of our diverse lives that matter.”—Larry Yang, author of Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community
“With love and rigor, Kate Johnson offers a timely roadmap for healing and transformation. Through fierce honesty, compelling storytelling, and trauma-informed practices, she reminds us how to build relationship across difference and find freedom in every moment. I’m so glad she wrote this book.”—David Treleaven, PhD, author of Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness

“This is a thoughtful and compassionate exploration of the meaning of friendship and its practice in today’s confused and contentious world. Basing her exposition on an ancient Buddhist text, Kate Johnson offers us many precious nuggets of practical wisdom that can enrich our spiritual life, deepen personal relationships, and sustain us in ways that are both profoundly meaningful and fulfilling.”—Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
“Radical Friendship has arrived on time!  This book is relevant, on point, and apropos for the world we are living in today. Kate Johnson has provided a thought-provoking synthesis of Buddhist understanding and the politics of social justice, race, class, gender, ableism, and sexual orientation. She points to the many ways we might honor the spaces we occupy through identity without interpreting our differences as further proof that we are separate. She invites us to understand what freedom could be possible by applying this to relationship. Her perfectly chosen words and bigness of heart point us towards clear comprehension of what is possible if only we surrender and let go into the perfection of love—love for ourselves and love for others, buoyed by compassion, equanimity, and courage.”—DaRa Williams
“In Radical Friendship Kate Johnson examines the Buddha’s teaching on the seven qualities a true spiritual friend should embody. The book describes her journey as she sets out to become a true friend to herself and others. Johnson offers a fresh and timely interpretation of spiritual friendship informed by her study, her practice, and life experiences.”—Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness

Radical Friendship is an important offering for many of us wanting to deepen our friendships through contemplative practice. This text is a kind invitation to all of us to not only enter into a transformative friendship with others, but to enter also into a transformative relationship with ourselves.”—Lama Rod Owens, co-author of Radical Dharma

“Meditation instructor Johnson draws on her experiences as a multiracial person living in the Midwest as well as meditations on Buddhist concepts to offer insight into how friendships can help overcome differences. Johnson’s simple principles for forming friendships will aid anyone wishing to disrupt their normal routine.”—Publishers Weekly

Radical Friendship is based on the seven qualities of spiritual friendship that the Buddha outlined in the Mitta (‘friend’) Sutta. This type of friendship isn’t about simply being kind or being quiet. Instead, Johnson writes, it’s a way to reach beyond our differences and unite against suffering.”—Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

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