Lama Rod Owens – Leading with an Open Heart

October 2018

Leading with an Open Heart: A Radical Dharma Vision of Using Our Broken Hearts to Get Free

October 23rd-28th, 2018
Locations are in Durham.  See details below.

Triangle Insight is pleased to be a part of a wonderful collaborative group that is working to bring Lama Rod Owens back to Durham for a week of activities in the Triangle this October.

So many of us are grieving and in deep mourning for the world and ourselves. Many of us have been conditioned to avoid and deny our pain and to see it as dangerous. If we are struggling within systems of oppression, we may experience intense pain in the form of various identity-based traumas. To transform our relationship to this pain we must cultivate an open heart and lead with that openness. But how do we begin to rely on our broken hearts as a profound means of both personal and social liberation? How does our pain become the teacher? How can it become the path? Most importantly, how does this path of the open heart become a strategy for social liberation as well?

Lama Rod’s itinerary for the week is listed below. We will be needing volunteers for a variety of tasks throughout the week, so if you have the time and energy, or any questions about specific ways to volunteer, please contact Karen Ziegler at [email protected]
Find registration links below the itinerary.

Tuesday 10/23  Men’s Program on Gender Privilege and Structural Sexism 7:00 – 9:00pm at Triangle Insight, in the Episcopal Center at Duke, 505 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC 27705

Wednesday 10/24  Public Lecture at Duke, 3:05 pm – 4:30 pm, York Reading Room, 2nd floor of Gray Bldg., Duke Divinity School.
Dharma Talk at Triangle Insight, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, in the Episcopal Center at Duke, 505 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC 27705

Friday 10/26 Public Talk at Hayti Heritage Center, 7:00 pm,  804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham 27701 (donations accepted for Lama Rod)

Saturday 10/27  Day-long Workshop, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, at the MDC Learning Center of Durham (Manpower Development Corp.), 307 W. Main St., Durham 27701. Open to all communities, $100, with other fee options and scholarships available (donations accepted for Lama Rod).

Sunday 10/28  Workshop with POC/LGBT Communities, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, at Duke Integrative Medicine, 3475 Erwin Rd., Durham 27705.  $100, with other fee options and scholarships available (donations accepted for Lama Rod).


For more information, contact us at [email protected]

Register for Tuesday, 10/23 by clicking on this registration link
Register for Saturday, 10/27
by clicking on this registration link
Register for Sunday, 10/28 by clicking on this registration link (People of Color and/or LGBTQ Communities only)

Combined Registration for Saturday & Sunday Workshops: $175 — Find this option at either registration link. To properly register for both days, you must open each day’s registration and complete the form for both days, including a payment option on both days. For one day, choose “pay for both“. You will see how to pay online or by mailing a check. For the other day, choose pay at the door“. This is a necessary placeholder to guarantee a seat on that day; you will not need to pay anything further at the door.

Financial Assistance:  Reduced fees and scholarship options are being made available  so that one one will be turned away for financial reasons.  To do so we depend upon the generosity of others.  If you would like to make a contribution to support this effort you donate now by clicking on this donation link.  Thanks for your generosity!


For those of you who are unfamiliar with Lama Rod, he co- authored Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation with Rev. angle Kyodo williams and Dr. Jasmine Syedullah. Many of us were involved in the visit last fall by Kyodo Sensei, and are excited for this opportunity to learn from Lama Rod as well. In addition to the book, Lama Rod has a website which generously offers his teachings in written and oral form.
Lama Rod Owens is the Guiding Teacher for the Radical Dharma Boston 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 Masters 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 has been published and featured in several publications including Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and Spirit Magazine. He has offered talks, retreats, and workshops for many organizations and universities including New York University, Yale University, Harvard University, Tufts University, University of Vermont, and Boston College. Lama Rod facilitates undoing patriarchy workshops for male identified practitioners in Brooklyn and Boston and his current writing project is an exploration of intersectional masculinity and spirituality. Lama Rod is officially recognized by the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.

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