The Power To Be Radical, Vulnerable: An Interview with Lama Rod Owens

The Power To Be Radical, Vulnerable: An Interview with Lama Rod Owens

Bernat Font in conversation with Lama Rod Owens

Lama Rod Owens profile is surprising: young, belonging to the African-American and LGBT+ communities, recognised by the Kagyu tradition after a three-year retreat, and social activist. He likes to talk openly about issues that make us uncomfortable, without vulgarity but also without trying to be ‘correct’. According to his website, he works to be as vulnerable as possible. I wrote to him and we had a one hour conversation by Zoom. It’s condensed just a little, having needed very little editing.

It Gets Better: The Radical Path of Befriending Ourselves for Teens

Many of us have grown up not really getting a lot of positive encouragement that helps us to learn how to develop basic kindness for ourselves. Of all the people we will treat the worst in our lives, we end up treating ourselves the worst. With the practice of using mindfulness to cultivate self-kindness, we begin to emerge from various kinds of self harm and begin benefiting others around us.