Frederick P. Lenz Foundation Distinguished Guest Lecturer 2018 - Lama Rod Owens is an author, activist, and authorized Lama (Buddhist Teacher) in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. In this episode, we discuss the dangers of disembodied anger, what it feels like to navigate transhistorical trauma in the body, anger, and the woundedness beneath anger, as an entry point to embodiment, and Lama Rod's relationship with depression and much more. It is evoking the ancestral presence of transgender women of color at the Stonewall Inn who initiated the modern gay rights movement. Lama Rod Owens and angel Kyodo williams discuss the challenges of being teachers of color in predominantly white communities. He does not shy away from confronting the ways in which we sometimes use our experiences of marginalisation to avoid looking at how we are privileged. This episode is a collaboration with Lama Rod Owens, one of the co-authors of 'Radical Dharma'. How is it experienced? He is also Black, queer, and pissed off. “Dharma isn’t sexy, or glamorous for me…it’s just work. In this talk at the Open Church of Maryland, Lama Rod explores the profound and revolutionary practices of love as a tool for marginalized people to achieve both social and spiritual liberation that is rooted in the liberatory theology and dharma traditions. Watch now. On this weeks episode of Multifaithful, Reka talks to Lama Rod Owens, renowned Dharma teacher and activist based in Boston. Some of these methods are related to our relative identity locations. Lama Rod explores contemporary tantric practice as well as the most skillful ways to work with our strongest emotions. Has been published in Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle and The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and offers talks, retreats and workshops in more than seven countries. What practices and strategies can we summon from the dharma to aid us in facing the chaos of the world? We've updated our Subscription site. It is a practice that helps us to hold the space for the suffering we encounter in our experiences as well as the experiences of others. "This week I sit down with Lama Rod Owens to discuss the intersection of Buddhist Dharma and American culture and politics. Our guest this week is Lama Rod Owens. War and violence, racism and hatred, and socioeconomic and environmental concerns have left many of us fatigued and fearful. They hope to see more voices speaking out and offering support. Time to call in and up: No more can students, teachers, and leaders of social justice, healing justice, buddhist, yoga and other spiritually-based communities hide from sexual indiscretion, coercion and outright abuse. In this talk first offered in April of 2017, I speak of my relationship to my teachers and how I have attempted to make sense of realization and ignorance and the development of wisdom in the face of this duality. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School and is a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation. Between the instability of 45, natural disasters around the world, the threat of our health care being taken away on top of professional athletes becoming the new face of social change, it's hard to find some peace without anxiety. It is remembering the countless people who never had a chance to live out their deepest wishes to be loved and love in the way they choose. It is also remembering our ancestors. Part 2 of 3 of Lama Rod Owens's visit to Windhorse IMH, Northampton. BBC Radio: World Service ”USA: A Discussion About Race” w/ Martin Bashir, Ilyasah Shahbaz & Joshua DuBois. When we combine community grieving with community prayer, then we are able to better transform our grief into wisdom and joy. Perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of spiritual practice is the embracing of our sexuality and sexual expressions. Many of us have grown up not really getting a lot of positive encouragement that helps us to learn how to develop basic kindness for ourselves. Movements such as #metoo have asked us to re-examine how we approach pleasure and consent in our sexual encounters and relationships. Lama Rod Owens’s tracks The Road Home Podcast Ep. Things they discussed included Race and Whiteness, Queerness, Patriarchy, Spiritual Bypass and of course The Queen! The Buddhism and Race Conference organized by Harvard Buddhist Community at Harvard Divinity School addresses issues surrounding race and racism within the Buddhist community. As Ruby wrote in this piece for the site, Radical Dharma offers a powerful and compassionate perspective for anybody confused about their role in this—and is ESSENTIAL READING for anybody working in the healing, wellness or self-help space, or otherwise actively engaged in this work. BROKEN HEARTS AND NOBLE TRUTHS: REFLECTING ON THE ELECTION, OCCUPATION, AND RESILIENCY. Anger is important; it can be a powerful force for transformation. The Radical Dharma of #metoo. Is Shame Keeping Your Partner From Healing. There can be no alternate liberation such as what we traditionally think of as “spiritual enlightenment” without social liberation, such as Black Lives Matter or women’s rights. A Bad Buddhist w/ Josh Rivers Busy Being Black Podcast. listen now. That spaciousness is where liberation actually happens. In this session, Lama Rod guides participants through a grounding embodiment meditation practice which leads into awareness of emotions practice. How do we hold our belief in the teacher's realization in dialogue with the reality of the humanity of the teacher? Lama Rod is a founding teacher of the Bhumisparsha Sangha, a teacher with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), a visiting teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship and the Brooklyn Zen Center. Lama Rod Owens encourages me to step way out of my comfort zone in this conversation, and I am grateful to him for it. This unprecedented public event brings together 15 leading Buddhist teachers of black African descent from across the country to talk about dharma, the state of the world, and what it means to be a black Buddhist in America today. Lama Rod works to be as open, honest and vulnerable as possible and help others do the same, including discussing his journey with depression. World events coupled with the advent of social media as a platform for the literal raising of consciousness, have helped this to emerge as the collective healing work of our times—as much a personal issue as it is a public and a political one. 41 - Love and Rage w/ Lama Rod Owens by Lama Rod Owens published on 2020-06-16T03:19:50Z. This dharma talk explores our relationship to home and the the experience of home in our bodies, its dependence on love, as well how this could be related to ancestor practice. BUDDHISM & RACE IN AMERICA AT HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL. Owens holds a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School and has given talks, retreats and workshops around the U.S. and internationally. Join the conversation with 15 leading African American Buddhist teachers. “I have seen over and over again,” he tells us, “that anger can get me killed. Join Cafe con Cass host Cassandra and Lama Rod Owens as they talk about emotions, liberating ourselves and our communities while staying mindful and realistic about impact and accountability in healing work. I know that this is how I have survived in a Black queer body in America. They also explore male cisgender privilege, financial ethics, white supremacy, anti-blackness in Tibetan Buddhism, angry white men, identity politics, pissing people off, and the apocalypse. my poetry is an extension of that work.” Click here to watch! How do we continue to see dharma as a strategy of truth telling, vulnerability, and transparency? It just becomes very ordinary.” – Lama Rod Owens, "In today's Valentine's Day #WiseGirl chat, I sit down with Lama Rod Owens, co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation. . It is remembering all of our would-be elders who lost their lives to the AIDS Epidemic. Lama Rod is a formally trained Buddhist teacher, Harvard Master of Divinity graduate, and co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. In this talk offered at the Rime Buddhist Center and Monastery in Kansas City, MO, Lama Rod explores the cultural phenomenon of hate and extremism through the lens of the Buddhist perspective of pain and suffering. Community based grieving is healing and transformative. Find answers to questions sent in after the webinar at Unconventional recipes for love and liberation. In, Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation Through Anger (June 2020), Lama Rod shares his personal journey with rage—how, at a young age, he internalized the belief that his anger was dangerous.

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