Angel Kyodo Williams Named 2015 Frederick P. Lenz Foundation Distinguished Guest Lecturer at Naropa University

Boulder, CO (March 1, 2015)—Naropa University is pleased to announce Reverend angel Kyodo williams as the 2015 Lenz Foundation Distinguished Guest Lecturer. Reverend williams has been called “the most vocal and intriguing African-American Buddhist in America,” and is a celebrated author, spiritual teacher, and founder of the Center for Transformative Change.

Reverend williams is participating in two public events: “Beyond Buddhism: What We Need to Lose to Save What We Love,” on March 18 at 7pm; Reverend williams will also lead a panel discussion immediately following a performance of the award-winning performance of “Do You Know Who I Am.” Ticket and venue information is available at

Reverend williams is a social visionary who sees Transformative Social Change: applying inner awareness practice to broad-based social change, as America’s next great movement. For over 15 years, she has deeply invested her time and energy to putting into practice her unwavering belief that the key to transforming society is transforming our inner lives. She has developed comprehensive systems for illuminating both practical personal change and the profoundly liberating potential of mindfulness, yoga, and somatic practices coupled with wisdom teachings. Reverend williams’ work has been widely covered by such publications as New York Times, Boston Globe, Ms., Essence, Buddhadharma, Village Voice, and on the Oxygen Channel

The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism promotes the benefits of Zen Buddhism, meditation, yoga, and related Buddhist practices in a manner complementary to modern American society. Past Lenz Foundation Distinguished Lecturers at Naropa University have included Sharon Salzberg, Meredith Monk, Gary Snyder, and Joanna Macy, among others. In addition to the lecture series, the Foundation also provides support for the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation Residential Fellowship for Buddhist Studies and American Culture and Values, an opportunity for faculty and other professionals planning sabbaticals to spend a semester on the Naropa University campus conducting a research, social action, or other project that relates Buddhist philosophy and practice to an aspect of American culture and values.

About Naropa University ( Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private liberal arts institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2014–15, Naropa University is a leader in contemplative education, an approach to learning and teaching that integrates Eastern wisdom studies with traditional Western scholarship. Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.