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Liberation through Love and Rage
Dates: Aug 30, 2019 - Sep 02, 2019
Days: Fri - Mon (3 Nights)

Instructor(s): Lama Rod Owens

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It shouldn’t be a secret that historically marginalized communities and peoples are deeply traumatized right now. Each day there are new threats impacting the wellbeing of communities all over the world. This is part of systematic historical oppression that we have been subjected to for centuries. To disrupt the impact of oppression on our bodies and in our minds, how can we take up the profound teachings of Audre Lorde when she declares self-care as self-preservation making it an act of political warfare. In this warfare how are we inviting love and rage as partners that are helping us do the work of liberation? This will be a weekend of gentle yet direct exploration of how systematic oppression gets us stuck and how to move through this stuckness embracing the strategies of liberatory intersectional contemplative practice based in Buddhist practice. This course is open to everyone with a contemplative practice with a particular focus on individuals who identify as Black and indigenous POC and queer, transgender, and gender nonconforming practitioners.

Learning Intentions:

To develop skills to work with anger and rage; learn Buddhist views of anger and how they may differ or align with contemporary views; discern the difference between anger and rage; develop a more direct experience of anger and rage; learn how to work with anger in groups; understand and practice how anger and rage can be a means of liberation; and understand the relationship between anger, rage, and trauma.

Experience Level:

Suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.

  • Lama Rod Owens is the Guiding Teacher for the Black Lotus Collective Collective and teaches with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) where he is also a faculty member for the organization’s teacher training program. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School with a focus on the intersection of social change, identity, and spiritual practice. He is a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, which explores race in the context of American Buddhist communities. He also contributed a chapter on working with anger and difficult emotions in the book Real World Mindfulness for Beginners. He has offered talks, retreats, and workshops at Harvard, Yale, Tufts, NYU, and other universities. His current writing project is an exploration of intersectional masculinity and spirituality. He is a formally authorized teacher in the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.