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The Birth and Caretaking of a Violent Thought
A Special Open Meditation / Dharma Talk with Lama Rod Owens
Racist thoughts can be some of the most intense thoughts to examine especially if we have made a commitment to engage in anti-racist thinking and behaviors. Thoughts that emphasize power over others through judgment and prejudice are natural if we consider how ego functions in our everyday lives — as a sense of existing self that needs to be protected through the maintenance of self and other, often through elevating the self over others. While this may be a natural function of ego, it is our belief and reaction to the thought that creates violence for ourselves and others. How could we began the work of undoing the violence of racism and other systems of dominance? In this talk, Lama Rod will guide participants through meditation practices and dialogue to reveal this imperative path of decreasing violence.
Join us for our regularly scheduled Open Meditation evening — this evening with special guest Lama Rod Owens, who will offer up a challenging dharma talk focusing on issues of race. Beginners and advanced meditation practitioners are welcome.
For more about Lama Rod, please visit the Lama Rod Owens’ website.
Guest speaker: Lama Rod Owens
Date: Tuesday, May 14th from 7–9pm
Fee: By donation, suggested: $10
Registration: No registration necessary, drop-ins welcome.
Location: Tibet House US, 22 West 15th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)
Co-sponsored by Tibet House US