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Liberation Through Love and Rage
An evening talk with Lama Rod Owens
As Audre Lorde has written, there is so much data in our anger. One of the things that we can learn is how to let our anger show us where we have been hurt. We can let this great unveiling happen through the profound practice of radical love. When we embrace this deep wish to be happy, then we can move into the cultivation of our anger, which can place us into a direct relationship with our rage. While anger is a reaction in the present moment to something that we have an aversion towards, rage is an intense experience that seems old and ever present.
Cultivating our anger and rage through love means that we begin the work of holding space for ourselves to experience the anger and rage and the hurt beneath them. We are learning how to witness and experience not react over and over again. When we develop his agency, then the energy of our anger and rage can be channeled into helping others instead of hurting others.
Lama Rod Owens is an author, activist, and authorized Lama (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. Owens is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice and study community and has been published and featured in several publications including Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, The Harvard Divinity Bulletin and has offered talks, retreats, and workshops in over 7 countries. Lama Rod facilitates undoing patriarchy workshops for male identified practitioners in Brooklyn and Boston. Lama Rod’s next book project will explore transformative anger and rage and is due out June 2020.
This special event is sponsored by the Radical Compassion Project at Nalanda Institute and is co-presented by the Contemplative Psychotherapy Program.
Guest speaker: Lama Rod Owens
Date: Thursday, April 9 from 6–9pm
Fee: By donation, suggested: $20. No one will be turned away.
Location: Tibet House US, 22 West 15th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)