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conversations & contemplations
on the stuff we’re scared
to talk about

race.gender.
sexuality.ideNtity

rooted in Buddhist Wisdom
& human experience

 

 
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About

 

I am a formally trained Buddhist teacher working to be as open, honest and vulnerable as possible and help others do the same.

Because on the other side of fear is liberation.

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your sky has no edge

or borders. no territory.

no ground to gain. no

secrets. no limit that means

tomorrow. yes. this

thunder in my head. ache

in my sadness. steady

tremble in my eyes.

constant rise and fall

of sun and moon. they

only mark the change

of time. still your voice

is the heartbeat of unseen

rain that calls me home.

   - (from glimpses of an autumn sky)

 
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Unmasked

 
We can’t heal what we
don’t acknowledge,
but acknowledgment can be
painful and takes work,
so we need effective tools
and safe spaces where
all feel welcome.

— Lama Rod

Sitting with Lama Rod is to be guided into conversations and contemplations around things that affect us all but we’re scared to talk about like sex, race, identity, gender, class, power, depression and all the other stuff we tend to turn away from. 

Unmasked is grounded in the practice of Radical Presence and rooted in Buddhist wisdom and personal experience. For Lama Rod “radical” is remembering and returning to a simple and basic way of being in the world, one that reduces the violence to oneself and others; it honors one’s own passions and aspirations and relates to the world from a place of equanimity. It doesn’t push things away, battle, force or judge. It softens, accepts and allows. When we choose this way of being in the world, we feel at home in our own bodies, with no desire to leave them; because we feel at home in our bodies, we feel at home in the world. That is radical presence. And at its heart it is an awareness of one’s own intersectionality or what Lama Rod calls a complex community of personal identities in constant interaction and expression.

 

LAMA ROD INVITES US TO STAY AND SIT AND BE WITH THE DISCOMFORT AND OURSELVES, FULLY. TO LET OUR MASKS
FALL AWAY.