Love, Grief, and Activism: Radical Dharma Vision of Change and Vulnerability
October 17th – 22nd, 2017
Various Locations in Durahm
We are fortunate to have Lama Rod Owens joining us for a week of activities in the Triangle which will focus on the above theme. So many of us are grieving and in deep mourning for the suffering that we are perceiving in the world as well in our own situations. We do not live in a society that is comfortable with our open grieving. Community based grieving is healing and transformative. When we combine community grieving with our deep aspirations to love, then we are able to better transform our grief into wisdom and joy. This is a radical vision of bringing our full selves into the complexity of living.
Lama Rod’s itinerary is still in the planning stages, but the tentative schedule thus far is as follows (please stay tuned to this space as details unfold):
Tuesday, 10/17: “Radical Mindfulness in Times of Crisis,” 3:05-4:30 pm, Duke Lecture, Rubenstein 153 (Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room) in the Rubenstein Special Collections side of Perkins Library Building on the first floor (free and open to the public)
Wednesday, 10/18: “It Gets Better: Developing Basic Friendship with Ourselves,” 6:30 – 8:00 PM, Triangle Insight Meditation Community, 505 Alexander Ave., Durham (free and open to the public with donations accepted for Lama Rod)
Friday, 10/20: “Real Vulnerability as a Tool for Social Change,” 7 pm, Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, Whitford Hall, 504 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham (free and open to the public with donations accepted for Lama Rod)
Saturday 10/21: “Love, Grief, and Activism: Radical Dharma Vision of Change and Vulnerability,” 9 am – 5 pm, MDC Learning Center, 307 W. Main St., Durham (open to all communities, $100, with other fee options available)
Sunday 10/22: “Love, Grief, and Activism: Radical Dharma Vision of Change and Vulnerability” for those who identify as LGBTQ and People of Color, 1 pm – 5 pm, Temple Building, 302 W. Main St., Durham $60, with other fee options available)
Combined Registration for Saturday & Sunday Workshops: $150
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 more information, contact us at [email protected]
Register for Saturday, 10/21 by clicking on this registration link
Register for Sunday, 10/22 by clicking on this registration link (People of Color and/or LGBTQ Communities only)
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.
You are welcome to join a short-term study group that will meet on four occasions to talk about his teachings. The sessions will meet Sundays August 20 and 27, 4-5:30 pm, and Thursdays, September 28 and October 5, 6:30-8 pm. Please contact the host, Karen Ziegler, at [email protected] if you are interested in attending any or all of these sessions. For the first session please read the article Lama Rod Owens Brings Fierce Love to Beloit College. For the second session, read The Work of Diversity: Getting Messy, Getting Uncomfortable. During the last two sessions we will be touching on Lama Rod’s writings in Radical Dharma.
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.