DHARMA FOR ALL--Summer 2019 Bhumisparsha, a virtual sangha started by Lama Rod Owens and Justin von Bujdoss, aims to create a new kind of Buddhist community. READ FULL ARTICLE

IS THE GURU MODEL BROKEN-- March 15, 2019 Lama Rod Owens, Pema Khandro Rinpoche, Lama Rigzin Drolma (Anne C. Klein), and Lobsang Rapgay discuss the guru model in the Tibetan tradition, in which the teacher is central to the path.  READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

LAMA ROD OWENS ON SOCIAL JUSTICE, REST, AND RESISTANCE--March 12, 2019 Growing up in a southern Black community, cultivating resilience was intrinsic to Rod Owens’ lived experience. In the midst of segregation, prejudice, and racially based violence, getting knocked down and getting back up again has been deeply conditioned in his family and community for generations. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

NO ONE LIKE ME--July 25, 2018                                                                                                                                                                           Lama Rod Owens on taking care of your own needs when you don’t see yourself represented in those around you.                                      READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

SEEING THROUGH WHITENESS: HOSTING LAMA ROD OWENS - - June 27, 2018                                                                                         "I’ve been in countless spaces that are primarily White. I’ve also been in spaces that are primarily non-White. What stood out about hosting Rod was being in a mixed space in which People of Color were the primary mic holders."                                                                                 READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

THE UNSEEN WORLD--June 13, 2018 Lama Tsultrim Allione, Rob Preece, and Acharya Gaylon Ferguson discuss their individual relationships with nonmaterial realized beings and the purpose of including them in your practice. Introduction by Lama Rod Owens. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

LUNCH WITH LAMA ROD OWENS--March 5, 2018                                                                                                                                           Today, I had the opportunity to sit in a sold-out house with Lama Rod Owens. I feel like I have just been in the presence of embodied wisdom. Of compassion. Of presence.                                                                                                                                                                                 READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

THE POWER TO BE RADICAL, VULNERABLE--January 2018                                                                                                                           READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

EL PODER DE SER RADICAL Y VULNERABLE: ENTREVISTA A LAMA ROD OWENS--January 7, 2018                                                         READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

CONSCIOUS SEX: AN INTERVIEW WITH LAMA ROD OWENS--January 2018                                                                                               Lama Rod spoke with me for over 90 minutes by phone. At first our conversation explored navigating the edge between sexual attraction and commitment to social justice, then evolved into a conversation on sexual wisdom.                                                                                           READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

LAMA ROD OWENS: CHALLENING IDENTITY THROUGH VULNERABILITY--December 20, 2017                                                                   This month I’ve interviewed Lama Rod Owens to explore his experiences of vulnerability, identity, and Buddhism in America.                     READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

LAMA ROD OWENS TEACHES MEDITATION AND FINDING PEACE IN A TROUBLED WORLD--December 12, 2017                                 Lama Rod was raised in the tradition of the Black Christian church. He was never the most popular boy. As he grew up, he suffered from depression. People he trusted told him to just take medication and learn to manage it.  READ FULL ARTICLE HERE                                                                                 

HOW TO PRACTICE SHAMATHA MEDITATION--October 20, 2017                                                                                                         Shamatha meditation—mindfulness or concentration—is the foundation of Buddhist practice. Lama Rod Owens teaches us a version from the Vajrayana tradition.                                                                                                                                                                                               READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

PROTEST IS MY SPIRITUAL PRACTICE--October 4, 2017                                                                                                                                 Lama Rod Owens says protesting is a spiritual act that engages the practitioner’s body, speech, and mind in service to others. But many Buddhists are resistant to resistance.                                                                                                                                                                   READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

THE NEXT GENERATION OF DHARMA TEACHERS--September, 2017                                                                                                           These eight young meditation teachers are so gifted, bringing a unique integrity, open-heartedness and wisdom to their work, that they've already earned a strong following.                                                                                                                                                                         READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

MY BODY, MY LIFE--June 15, 2017                                                                                                                                                                         How mindfulness has helped Buddhist teacher Lama Rod Owens live as a Black queer man in America.                                                          READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

BUDDHISTS AND ETHICAL MISCONDUCT: WE ALL HAVE PATRIARCHY WORK TO DO--August 4, 2017                                                 Lama Rod Owens on why Buddhist community members — especially male-identified teachers, monks, staff, authorities, and lay practitioners — must confront and deal with ethical misconduct, and how to do it.                                                                                                               READ FULL ARTICLE HERE 

LAMA ROD OWENS BRINGS ‘FIERCE LOVE’ TO BELOIT COLLEGE--March 27, 2017                                                                                 Visiting black queer Buddhist scholar Lama Rod Owens gave a stirring and personal keynote lecture around the theme of “Fierce Love” about his work in liberation theology, healing through trauma and the power of love.                                                                                                 READ FULL ARTICLE HERE                                       

“HAVING THE CONVERSATION” AT THE THIRD BUDDHISM AND RACE CONFERENCE AT HARVARD--February 27, 2017                       We spoke with Lama Rod Owens about the importance of this coming weekend’s Third Buddhism and Race Conference at Harvard.         READ FULL ARTICLE HERE              

RADICAL DHARMA--January 10, 2017                                                                                                                                                             Although his serene demeanor would indicate otherwise, third-year MDiv candidate Lama Rod Owens is a big part of the excitement. A teacher at the Natural Dharma Fellowship of Cambridge, Owens works with the students there to “connect their own inner wisdom back to them.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                      READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

HAVE A VERY BUDDHIST CHRISTMAS: HOW I DISCOVERED THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS--December 23, 2016                                     The point of Christmas, says Lama Rod Owens, is to be in the places that need you.                                                                                       READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Q&A WITH RADICAL DHARMA CO-AUTHOR LAMA ROD OWENS--December 9, 2016                                                                             Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation is a conversation about, a call to, and a roadmap toward liberation. This is personal and societal liberation — from trauma, from the desire to control each other, from toxic societal standards. Liberation toward authenticity and love.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       READ FULL ARTICLE HERE 

THE WORK OF DIVERSITY: GETTING MESSY, GETTING UNCOMFORTABLE--October, 2016                                                                   There's a lot of talk about diversity going on right now in every Western Dharma center. People are attending workshops, reading books and articles, having meetings. What is it about this work that people might still be missing?                                                                                   READ FULL ARTICLE HERE    

MINDFULNESS FOR ALL--September 12, 2016                                                                                                                                                       We can use mindfulness to bridge race, gender, age, and class divides.                                                                                                             READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

DO YOU KNOW YOUR TRUE FACE? -- September 19, 2016 
Lama Rod Owens says we need to look honestly at who we are, in all our complexity. This is especially vital for those who teach the dharma. 

WE ARE TARA -- March 9, 2016 
Tara is the female buddha of compassion. Called Drolma in Tibetan, her name means Female Liberator or Mother Liberator. 

FORUM: THE ROAD AHEAD -- January 31, 2016
Gen X teachers from across traditions are transforming the vision and landscape of American Buddhism. 

'WOMAN HOLD MY HAND' -- Winter/Spring 2016 
Visualizing Tara: swift one, mother, liberator, womanist. 

ACTIVISM AS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE -- February 18, 2016  "The world was new. It felt like a gift," said Owens, a second-year MDiv candidate at Harvard Divinity School...


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