COMPASSION: As a Tool for Liberation and Racial Justice
October 27, 2021| 6 PM
Lama Rod Owens

Rather than waiting for compassion to appear as a “nice” feeling that suddenly overtakes us, a practice of radical care for one another can be forged out of sentiments of anger and frustration against injustice. In a time when the politics of anger infuse every institutional and cultural sphere, metabolizing our rage into visions for a more just world feels urgent and necessary. If not now, when? If not through love, how?

In this talk, Lama Rod Owens reaches into his deep knowledge of Buddhist teachings and a lifetime of commitment to racial justice movements to help us think about compassion as a practice more intentional than simple gestures of benevolence or charity. By “sitting with our discomforts” about the state of things in the world, our families, and communities, we can confront the traumas that harm us and speak the truths to one another that lead to healing and liberation.

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About the Speaker

Lama Rod Owens is a Buddhist minister, author, activist, yoga instructor and authorized Lama, or Buddhist teacher, in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism and is considered one of the leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School and is a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation. He offers talks, retreats and workshops in more than seven countries and is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice and study community.


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