About Us

A Meditation Collective Led by Black People for Black People

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

Our Mission

The Tiny Sangha Project supports Black practitioners who wish to develop deeper, more durable meditation practices within practice communities of common heritage. 

Our Values

We believe Black wellness matters.

We believe mindfulness meditation is a powerful tool for cultivating a durable sense of personal well-being.

We believe looking “inward” requires awareness of “outward” political and social contexts.

We believe cultivating mental and emotional well-being on a broad scale is essential to sustaining political and social transformation.

Our Founding Director

“I first learned to meditate in 1994 as a non-ordained guest at Wat Pah Nanachat, a Thai Buddhist monastery near Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. In 1999, I earned a master’s degree in Buddhist Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Since then, I have attended several practice retreats (most of them in the Kagyu, Tibetan Buddhist tradition), given numerous talks, and facilitated many discussions about meditation practice. Before, during, and after these experiences, I made a living as a classroom teacher and an academic adviser to college students. Currently, I am completing a joint Ph.D. in History and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin."

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Our Partners

The Tiny Sangha Project received a generous, two-year grant from the Kataly Foundation. We are grateful for critical supplemental funding from Engaged Neighbors and The Katz-Kranz Family Philanthropies.

Through our partnership with The Center for Community Stewardship, donations to the Tiny Sangha Project are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of federal tax code.

We are also proud partners with Start Anywhere Media and Nobel Evaluation.


I’ve known James as a dear friend and a mindfulness meditation practitioner for over 20 years. Firmly rooted in the ancient practice traditions, James also brings the lens of modernity and science to his meditation instruction. Kindness and joy; stillness and insight – James makes human the fruits of practice.
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