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.
Lama Rod Owens, co-author of Radical Dharma, leads an evening based on the book, which explains how the legacy of racial injustice plays out in society at large and Buddhist communities in particular. This urgent call to action outlines a New Dharma that considers the ways that racism and privilege prevent our collective awakening.
A reflection of my relationship with my teacher exploring the teacher/student relationship and the importance of this relationship in our attempt to be free.
Lama Rod guides us through unpacking boundaries and the emotional receptiveness and intelligence of the body.
How do we began to make sense of the hurt we experience when our teachers cross boundaries? How do we hold our belief in the teacher's realization in dialogue with the reality of the humanity of the teacher?
The Satipatthana is the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness offered by the Buddha, which established the practice of contemporary mindfulness.
Community based grieving is healing and transformative. When we combine community grieving with community prayer, then we are able to better transform our grief into wisdom and joy. This community dharma talk offered to the Radical Dharma Boston Collective explores the practices of prayer, community grieving and open awareness meditation in dialogue with our work as activists.
There is so much meanness happening. This meanness doesn’t spring from people’s overt wish to harm others, but it can be traced back to the struggle many of us face in dealing with our own suffering. Without awareness and compassion, our attempts to work with our own basic discomfort will be messy and unskillful.
When the Buddha offered the first Noble Truth, he articulated the most inescapable aspect of our existence as human beings, which was that discomfort is a basic part of our experience. It is only by accepting this reality can we begin the work of liberation from the causes and conditions of suffering. Yet there are many methods to accomplish this goal.
In this talk for the Love Circle Sangha, Lama Rod explores the wisdom of the 4 Noble Truths as a road map to make sense of the recent election, the coming of intensified hate and disunity as well as tool for active resiliency grounded in radical presence or authentic vulnerability.
In this talk at the Open Church of Maryland, Lama Rod explores the profound and revolutionary practices of love as a tool for marginalized people to achieve both social and spiritual liberation that is rooted in the liberatory theology and dharma traditions.
What does the Queer Divine look like? How is it expressed? How is it experienced? In what ways is it revolutionary? In this sermon/talk at Harvard University's Memorial Church, Lama Rod explores the Queer Divine through Queer Theology and Queer Dharma.
Medicine Buddha attained enlightenment through the development and maturation of an ethic of healing that addressed the totality of relative suffering of all beings from sickness to political and social oppression. But how can we use this profound wisdom found in Medicine Buddha’s mythology to address the oppression and violence many of us experience today?
We talk about how violent the world is becoming but how do we relate to violence that we see and experience around us? What about the violence that expresses itself in our experience? How can we use the tools and strategies of Buddhism to examine the ways we create harm for ourselves and others.
How do we continue to work with the truth of interdependence or interrelatedness as we confront daily acts of violence? How do we continue to see dharma as a strategy of truth telling, vulnerability, and transparency? How do we find refuge in sacred spaces that are all too often violated? These are a few of the questions explored in this dharma talk.
Perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of spiritual practice is the embracing of our sexuality and sexual expressions. Many of us have deeply internalized shame of our sexual selves. So much of our sexual selves is connected to the physical body. What we discover is a poignant fear of our own bodies as vessels of our sexual expression. How do we interrogate this shame through practices of mindfulness, lovingkindness, and self-compassion?
Tonglen is a profound practice that helps dissolve the barriers that separate ourselves from others. It is a practice that helps us to hold the space for the suffering we encounter in our experiences as well as the experiences of others.
We often struggle to work with the trauma that is so present in our lives. We are bombarded and overwhelmed with a world that seems to be falling part. We are confronted with the concerns about our natural environment as well as social problems such as racism, poverty, war, violence, and a host of other things. We are left with a trauma that is unexamined and which affects the quality of our lives and our interpersonal interactions. How do we begin to work with this kind of trauma in our personal experience and within our sanghas with the help of our dharma practice?