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Publisher's Summary

A case for friendship as a radical practice of love, courage, and trust, and seven strategies that pave the way for profound social change.

Grounded in the Buddha’s teachings on spiritual friendship, Radical Friendship shares seven strategies to help us embody our deepest values in all of our relationships. Drawing on her experiences as a leading meditation teacher, as well as personal stories of growing up multiracial in a racist world, Kate Johnson brings a fresh take on time-honored wisdom to help us connect more authentically with ourselves, with our friends and family, and within our communities.

The divides we experience within us and between us are not only a threat to our physical and emotional health - they are also the weapons and the outcomes of structural oppression. But through wise relationships, it is possible to transform the barriers created by societal injustice. Johnson leads us on a journey to becoming better friends by offering ways to show up for our own and each other’s liberation at every stage of a relationship. Each chapter ends with a meditation or reflection practice to help listeners cultivate vibrant, harmonious, revolutionary friendships. Radical Friendship offers a path of depth and hope and shows us the importance of working toward collective well-being, one relationship at a time.

©2021 Kate Johnson (P)2021 Shambhala Publications

Critic Reviews

“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.” (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

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Beautifully written and accessible

Kate has a wonderful way of making Buddhist concepts both accessible and relevant in daily life. She shares her experiences and the teaching in ways that held her own & others humanity with deep compassion. In a time of profound isolation and alienation, I need her invitation to do the same for my own humanity and the world around me.

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Like a hot cup of tea

Kate is nurturing and genuine in her beautifully narration of Radical Friendship. Fresh ideas about connection and relationship in a time we’re all starving for it. As I listened and contemplated her words I felt warm cozy sensations; as if I was sharing a cup of hot tea with a close friend.