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RACE.GENDER. SEXUALITY.IDENTITY.

 

CONVERSATIONS & CONTEMPLATIONS ON THE THINGS WE’RE SCARED TO TALK ABOUT

ROOTED IN BUDDHIST WISDOM AND HUMAN EXPERIENCE

 

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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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 Owens

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 things we tend to turn away from. 

His teachings are 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.