Living Radical Dharma

Rev. angel Kyodo williams and Lama Rod Owens

July 26–30, 2017

Tuition $250 + 4 nights

Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Sensei

Lama Rod Owens

Retreat leaders with guest co-facilitator, co-author of Radical Dharma, Dr. Jasmine Syedullah (center)

Radical Dharma is an urgent call to dharma communities to wake from the habitual ways they and their members reproduce and sustain exclusion. Radical Dharma advocates a “new dharma” that deconstructs rather than amplifies systems of suffering, and prepares us to weigh the shortcomings not only of our own minds, but also of our communities. We can only accomplish shifts in awareness through radical honesty, a common ground where we can drop our need for perfection to speak and act from a place of deep vulnerability, and authentic presence. Regardless of how unpleasant this feels or how messy this looks, Radical Dharma emerges out this kind of disarmed honesty, just as a lotus emerges from the mud.

  • To create a space where participants can practice radical honesty
  • To create a space where historically marginalized voices in American sanghas are centered
  • To investigate how “politics of dis-belonging” plays a role in silencing ourselves and others
  • To equip participants with tools that can be taken back to their practices communities to continue the work creating radically inclusive and honest communities

This retreat draws from the book Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love & Liberation 

Schedule

7-8AM: Yoga/movement practice
8-9AM: Breakfast
9-Noon: Dharma Talk and small group dialogues
Noon-2PM: Lunch and free time
2-3PM: Guided Meditation Practice
3-5pm: Dharma Talk and Discussion or Workshop
5-6PM: Movement Practice
6-7PM: Dinner
7-9PM: Group Discussion

Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Sensei is a maverick dharma teacher, author, and founder of Center for Transformative Change. She applies wisdom teaching to social issues at the intersections of racial, economic and climate justice. Rev. angel notes, “Love and justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” angelkyodowilliams.com

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 will complete a Master of Divinity degree at Harvard Divinity School in May where he has been focusing on the intersection of social change, identity, and spiritual practice. www.lamarod.com

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