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Mindfulness and The Inner Work of Racial Justice
Dates: May 14, 2021 - May 16, 2021
Online Course

Instructor(s): Rhonda Magee, Bhikkhu Anālayo, Dawn Scott

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In a time of both new possibilities for multicultural democracy and pernicious appeals to polarization, the call to reckon with the role of race and racism in our lives has, for many of us, never felt more justified or urgent. And yet, coming together to address racism across lines of real and perceived difference has never been easy. How might Buddhist teachings and practices assist us in our efforts to deepen awareness, understanding, relationship-based engagement, and ethical action for racial justice, redemption, and reconciliation? 

Join us for a weekend retreat devoted to practice and reflection as we address these questions together. We will explore practices and perspectives that offer support to us in doing the lifelong inner work necessary to increase skillfulness in turning toward and disrupting racism in our times, all the while cultivating the capacity for socially-engaged love. We'll offer affinity groups for people who identify as White and for people who identify as BIPOC, while inquiring into the need for other identity-affinity-based Breakout Groups to support our work.

People of all backgrounds, of varying experience or even inexperience exploring contemporary racism are welcome, though we ask those who have not engaged in antiracist practice before to set aside time to reflect mindfully on your racial identity and experiences in historical context as part of your preparation for this retreat. Meditation practitioners and interested beings at all levels are welcome.

As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming; please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.

Practitioners and interested beings at all levels are welcome.

Online Study retreat: This study retreat will be hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform and closed captions are available. Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and with teachers in our online programs. When registering for this retreat, please plan to attend as many sessions as possible. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this retreat (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

The schedule of Zoom meetings for this study retreat (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

Friday, May 14

7:30 - 9:00 pm, Opening Session

Saturday, May 15

10:30 am - 12:15 pm, Morning Session

4:00 - 5:15 pm, Afternoon Session

7:00 - 8:30 pm, Evening Session

Sunday, May 16

10:30 – 11:00 am, Meditation Session  

11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Closing Session

In addition to these times together on Zoom, the teachers invite participants to add an additional 30 minute independent practice period each day of the retreat.

Please check the time of the group meetings in your timezone here, and please note that sessions will not be recorded.

Registration fees for online study retreats are nonrefundable after the study retreat start date. Cancellations prior to the start date of the study retreat will incur a $25 admin fee. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Rhonda V. Magee, M.A., J.D., is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, and has spent more than twenty years integrating anti-racist education, social justice, and contemplative practices. She is an internationally-recognized innovator, storyteller, and thought and practice leader on integrating mindfulness into society. She is a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute and the author of The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness (TarcherPerigee: 2019).

  • Bhikkhu Anālayo is a scholar-monk and the author of numerous books on meditation and early Buddhism, such as Satipatthāna: The Direct Path to RealizationPerspectives on Satipatthāna, and Satipatthāna Meditation: A Practice Guide. He is a Faculty Member at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, having retired from being a professor at the Numata Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg. His main area of academic research is early Buddhism, with a special interest in the topics of meditation and women in Buddhism. At the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies he regularly teaches residential study & practice courses, participates in online programs and undertakes research into meditation-related themes.  For a full list of Bhikkhu Anālayo’s publications, please click here.

  • Dawn Scott has been practicing insight meditation since 2008 and coordinated Spirit Rock's Family Program for nine years.  She is a teacher-trainee in the current Insight Meditation Society’s teacher training program and is a core teacher of Spirit Rock’s Advanced Practitioner Program and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and Insight Meditation's joint year-long program slated to start in early 2022.  Dawn has a deep love of long retreat practice and enjoys sharing the Buddha's liberative teachings.

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