Liberation Through Love: Investigating Systemic Oppression

Lama Rod Owens

March 20–22, 2020


Tuition 100/195/250 + 2 nights

This program is cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and is now being offered free via zoom by Lama Rod on March 20th-21st. Click here for details.

a 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: The Path of Liberation through Anger (to be released June 16th 2020). www.lamarod.com

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.