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7 – 8:30 PM – An Evening with Charles Johnson – DATE CHANGE

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Dr. Charles Johnson and Koshin Chris Cain, Abbot of PSZC will discuss Professor Johnson’s latest work, Grand: A Grandparent’s Wisdom for a Happy Life. In this book Johnson relates the advice he will give his eight-year-old grandson, Emery, recalling lessons he has learned from his father, the great philosophers, Martin Luther King, Ralph Ellison, Robert Heinlein, and many others.

There are lessons gained from Johnson’s Buddhist practice throughout the book. Chapters include “Know Thyself,” “Life is not Personal, Permanent, or Perfect,” “Suffering is Voluntary or Optional.”

The evening begins at 7:00pm with 20 minutes of silent meditation, followed by a conversation, and time afterward for questions.
Dr. Charles Johnson is Professor Emeritus at University of Washington, where he taught from 1976 until his retirement in 2009.

He is the author of 16 books, including Middle Passage which won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction in 1990, making Johnson the second African-American man to receive this prize after Ralph Ellison in 1953.  Johnson received a MacArthur Fellowship or “Genius Grant” in 1998. He has served as a judge for many literary prizes, among them the Pulitzer Prize in fiction (1992, 1995, 2010) and National Book Award in fiction (1988, 1999, and 2009), twice chairing the fiction panel for the latter. Johnson is a contributing writer for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and publishes regularly in Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly.

This event is offered at no charge and all are welcome.

Register here and we’ll send you the Zoom link and password via email.

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March 3
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Puget Sound Zen Center