JUNE 10, 7:00-8:30pm: RADICAL DHARMA: Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, Identity, Power: Conversations and Contemplations on the things we are scared to talk about, rooted in Buddhist wisdom and human experience.
JUNE 11, 7:00-8:30pm: Relating to our Teachers--Practicing Guru Devotion in Tumultuous Times
Many students hear or experience that the connection to the Guru/teacher is the key to progressing along the Buddhist path, especially in Vajrayana Buddhism. Yet many students experience turmoil due to apparently questionable ethics or behavior of their teachers. How can we navigate these issues with clarity, kindness and insight, using the Buddhist path while honoring our own sense of ethics and fairness?
Lama Rod’s teachings are grounded in the practice of Radical Presence. For Lama Rod “radical” is remembering and returning to a simple and basic way of being in the world, one that reduces the violence to oneself and others; it honors one’s own passions and aspirations and relates to the world from a place of equanimity. It doesn’t force or judge. It softens, accepts and allows. When we choose this way of being in the world, we feel at home in our own bodies, and because we feel at home in our bodies, we feel at home in the world. That is radical presence. At its heart, it is an awareness of one’s own intersectionality or the complex community of personal identities we all have, in constant interaction and expression.
Registration Open Now! (You may register for just one night or both nights.)
For more Information see: “Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation” a book by Reverend angel Kyodo Williams and Lama Rod Owens with Jasmine Syedullah, PhD (Available soon at the KCC bookstore)
Lama Rod Owens is a formally trained Buddhist Teacher in the Kagyu lineage. He received his teaching authorization from his root teacher the Venerable Lama Norlha Rinpoche when he completed the traditional 3-year silent retreat program at Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery outside of New York City. It was during this time that Lama Rod dealt with years of past pain and trauma and found forgiveness and compassion for himself, which he views as a critical step before being able to help others effectively through engaged social change activism. After his retreat, Lama Rod completed his Master of Divinity degree at Harvard Divinity School.
Lama Rod is a openly gay, African American teacher, “working to be as open, honest and vulnerable as possible and to help others do the same. Because on the other side of fear is liberation.” (statement from his website).
We are so delighted that Lama Rod has agreed to teach at KCC Urban Center two evenings in June.