Dr. Vimalasara (Valerie) Mason-John MA (hon.doc) is a senior teacher in the Triratna Buddhist Community. She is the award-winning author of 9 books including, here most recently published in 2020 I'm Still Your Negro: An Homage to James Baldwin, and is currently editing an anthology Afrikan Wisdom: Black Liberation, Buddhism, and Beyond published in 2021. She is also the author of Detox Your Heart - Meditations for Emotional Trauma, and the award-winning book, Eight Step Recovery Using the Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction. With 8 Step meetings in several continents. Named as one of the leading African descent voices in the field of mindfulness approaches for addiction, she has co-founded the accredited program Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery MBAR. She works as a dharma teacher, public speaker, professional trainer, and mindfulness teacher.

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