Special Offering

BZC Summer Reading Program

September 13, 2023

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


The new BZC Summer Reading Program concludes with Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists by author Chenxing Han, who will be joining us by zoom. Dharma Teacher Sarah Dojin Emerson will introduce and frame the event, and Chenxing will be in conversation with Kaishin Victory Matsui, Director of Ancestral Heart Temple. We will also invite conversation and questions from participants.

We encourage you to purchase and read a copy in advance, though attendance is open to all. This offering is free but registration is required. Participants will be provided with zoom link the day of the program.

About the book

A must-read for modern sanghas—Asian American Buddhists in their own words, on their own terms.

More than two thirds of U.S. Buddhists are Asian American. But you’d never guess this from mainstream representations, which all too often whitewash the racial and cultural diversity of American Buddhist communities.

Be the Refuge is both critique and celebration, countering the erasure of Asian American Buddhists while uplifting their stories and experiences.

About Chenxing Han

Image by Lan Le

Chenxing Han is the author of the widely reviewed Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists, and the recently released one long listening: a memoir of grief, friendship, and spiritual care, both with North Atlantic Books. She is a regular contributor to Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, Buddhadharma, and other publications, and a frequent speaker and workshop leader at schools, universities, and Buddhist communities across the nation. She has received fellowships from Hedgebrook, Hemera Foundation, the Lenz Foundation, and elsewhere. Chenxing holds a BA from Stanford University, an MA in Buddhist Studies from the Graduate Theological Union, and a certificate in Buddhist chaplaincy from the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, California. She is a co-teacher of Listening to the Buddhists in Our Backyard at Phillips Academy Andover, and a co-organizer of May We Gather: A National Buddhist Memorial for Asian American Ancestors.

About Kaishin Victory Matsui
Kaishin Victory Matsui is a Soto Zen priest and the director of Ancestral Heart Temple in Millerton, New York. She is a queer, mixed race, Asian American Buddhist who is the descendent of Japanese Americans and Scottish English Canadians.
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BZC Summer Reading Program