Seven Homecomings Certification Course


A Five-Week Certification Training Course for Teachers, Facilitators, and Community Leaders with Lama Rod Owens


Tuesday, May 16th - Saturday, June 17th, 2023

“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” ~ Maya Angelou 

“Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.” ~ James Baldwin

“When I think of home I think of a place where there's love overflowing.” ~ Stephanie Mills, The Wiz


No matter how we think of home, it is a place that many of us need. 

We are living through an apocalypse, a period when truth is being revealed about our lives, communities, and the world. Home is the experience of taking refuge, amidst this apocalypse, in something that restores us through love. Homecoming is opening to how home is calling us into being held and cared for.  

The Seven Homecomings practice explores the profound path of homecoming in these times of fear and uncertainty. This practice, shared in Lama Rod’s book Love and Rage, combines the three traditional sources of refuge in Buddhism with other important sources of refuge that embrace our diverse cultural, racial, sexual, and radical identities, so that we can bring our whole lives into this practice. 

In an effort to establish the Homecomings as a central practice for these times, Lama Rod Owens is offering his first ever online certification course that will formally authorize practitioners to teach the Seven Homecomings. 

Participants will have a unique opportunity to be part of this 5-week inaugural experience that will begin cultivating a network of practice leaders. This course offers a new way of connecting with Lama Rod and integrating his teachings in community. Join Lama Rod in his commitment to developing radical honesty, compassion, and love to achieve liberation for ourselves and all beings. 

This course is open to those who have completed a past online or in-person course, retreat, or event with Lama Rod where the Seven Homecomings practice was taught.


Course FAQs:


Can I participate in this course?

This course is open to those who have completed a past online or in-person course, retreat, or event with Lama Rod where the Seven Homecomings practice was taught.

For those who do not meet this requirement and have an existing meditation/Seven Homecomings practice, you can click here to be added to the waitlist. We will be responding to and updating the waitlist between May 1st - 14th.


When are the live sessions? 

Live sessions are from May 16th - June 17th, 2023.

5 Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:00 pm ET: May 16th, May 23rd, May 30th, June 6th, June 13th 

5 Saturdays from 1:00 - 3:00 pm ET: May 20th, May 27th, June 3rd, June 10th, June 17th


What are the requirements to receive the certification? 

  • attend and participate in the live sessions on Tuesdays and Saturdays
  • engage with the readings and resources that accompany live sessions
  • commit to honor Lama Rod’s ethics statement when facilitating the practice
  • demonstrate your ability to facilitate the complete 7 Homecomings Practice


Due to the nature of the course, attendance and participation in all of the live Saturday practice sessions is required in order to be qualified to receive a certificate.


What if I can't attend the live session?

Please note that one requirement to receive a certificate at the end of the course is attendance to the live sessions on Tuesdays and Saturdays. If you are not available to attend a live session on Tuesday, you can watch the recording which will be posted to the course platform for later viewing. Attendance to all of the live Saturday small group practice sessions are required, because they center collaborative exploration and engaging in practice together. While portions of the live Saturday practice sessions will be recorded when everyone is in the large room, the majority of the Saturday sessions are small group breakout rooms and therefore, those parts will not be recorded. If you are not available to attend most, if not all, of the Saturday live sessions then please consider waiting to participate in a future iteration of this course. 


Is there a refund policy? 

You can request for a refund prior to May 9th less a $100 admin fee. All registrations placed after May 9th are not eligible for a refund. 


Is there financial assistance available? 

Through the support of those who give at the Pay it Forward level, we have a limited amount of partial scholarships available. Email [email protected] if you are in need of financial assistance. 

If you are able to contribute to our ability to offer scholarships, please express your generosity by choosing the Pay it Forward ticket or purchase a Standard Ticket (after April 20th) and email [email protected] to let us know that this ticket can be offered to another participant.


How long will the course materials be available once I register? 

All course modules and resources will be available indefinitely.

Other Questions?

For any other questions about this series, please contact [email protected].

About the Teacher

Lama Rod Owens is a Black Buddhist Southern Queen. An international influencer with a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School. Author of Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation through Anger and co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation, his teachings center on freedom, self-expression, and radical self-care.

A leading voice in a new generation of Buddhist teachers with over 11 years of experience, Lama Rod activates the intersections of his identity to create a platform that’s very natural, engaging, and inclusive. Applauded for his mastery in balancing weighty topics with a sense of lightness, the Queen has been featured by various national and international news outlets. 

Highly sought after for talks, retreats, and workshops, his mission is showing you how to heal and free yourself.