Upcoming Events


lotus2Media Night at Triangle Insight

All events will take place at the Episcopal Center at Duke unless otherwise indicated:
505 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC 27705

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

If you have questions about any event, or would like to suggest a film or other activity for a future Media Night, please contact Gerri McGuire, [email protected]

Friday, September 22, 2017
Potluck at 5:30 pm, film at 7:00 pm

Join us for a potluck supper at 5:30, followed by a screening of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, a documentary with a surprising take on the environmental movement and the interconnectedness of all beings. The film features Richard Oppenlander, lauren Ornelas, Michael Pollan, Will Tuttle, and more.

Important perspectives (not in the film) come from engaged Buddhists Bryant Terry and Dr. A. Breeze Harper, and the Food Empowerment Project.

The potluck begins at 5:30. If you’d like to bring a plant-based dish, check out the recipes at IsaChandra.com and ByAnyGreensNecessary.com.   Film at 7:00 PM.   Feel free to attend either the film or the potluck, or both.

There is no cost for this event, but dana will be gratefully accepted. Refreshments will also be provided. All are welcome, and feel free to invite others. Helping with set up and cleanup will be much appreciated.

Friday, July 14, 2017
Screening of 13th, an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. The New York Times Review described the film as “powerful, infuriating, and at times overwhelming.” If you would like to view the official trailer, please use this link.


Lama Rod Owens                                                                                 

Love, Grief, and Activism:  Radical Dharma Vision of Change and Vulnerability

October 17th – 22nd, 2017

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,” 3:05-5:35 pm, Duke Lecture (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 (free and open to the public)
Friday, 10/20:  “Real Vulnerability as a Tool for Social Change,”  7 pm, Duke Memorial United Methodist Church (free and open to the public)
Saturday & Sunday, 10/21-22:  “Love, Grief, and Activism: Radical Dharma Vision of Change and Vulnerability,” 9 am – 5 pm (more information on cost and how to register will be forthcoming)

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.