conversations & contemplations
rooted in Buddhist Wisdom
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.
the great mountain of our despair
reminds us of what has come before,
even before the old spirituals,
tales of the whip, before the rock,
and salt, even before dido realized
she was no longer angry.
and our collection of loneliness
in spaces shaped by silence,
animating our longing for true home
and needing to return there
safe beyond the fantasies
of violence struggling to retain our right
to body and to be embodied brilliantly
in the image we choose
i want to hold this space for you.
because as i mourn you, i mourn myself.
as i mourn myself, i mourn all the pretty
ones who made living worth the price.
- (from cry, my unpublished manuscript)
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