Liberation Through Love: Investigating Systemic Oppression

Lama Rod Owens

March 20–22, 2020

Tuition 100/195/250 + 4 nights

It shouldn’t be a secret that historically marginalized communities and peoples are deeply traumatized right now.

Each day there are new threats impacting the wellbeing of communities all over the world. This is part of systematic historical oppression that we have been subjected to for centuries. To disrupt the impact of oppression on our bodies and in our minds, how can we take up the profound teachings of Audre Lorde when she declares self-care as self-preservation making it an act of political warfare. In this warfare how are we inviting love and rage as partners that are helping us do the work of liberation?

This will be a retreat of gentle yet direct exploration of how systematic oppression gets us stuck and how to move through this stuckness embracing the strategies of liberatory intersectional contemplative practice. We will also be exploring the role of wrathful compassion and Tantric anger as strategies to achieve liberation.

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Lama Rod Owens

Lama Rod Owens is an activist, poet, and authorized Lama in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. He is a core teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship in Cambridge, MA and has a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, with a focus on the intersection of social change, identity, and spiritual practice. He is the co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Love, Race, and Liberation, and author of Love and Rage (to be released in February).

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