Episode 259 :: Lama Rod Owens :: Radical Dharma Part One — Intersectionality and Complexity

| October 2, 2016 | 8 Comments


Lama Rod Owens

Lama Rod Owens joins us to speak about his new book Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation.

If you’ve listened to this podcast regularly, you already know we make a point of having guests with a wide diversity of views, backgrounds, and practices. This is not just because we at the SBA have a personal passion and interest in inclusivity and social action, though many of us do, but because this is one of the common threads in the colorful tapestry of secular Buddhism: diversity and inclusion. We see that as a strength, perhaps as a manifestation of Buddhism’s encounter with modernity, but also because we’re people living in this society so rife right now with racial tensions. Making sure we openly discuss these issues, even knowing we’ll make mistakes, we’ll get upset, we’ll learn about our edges is something we expect is critical to fostering positive change.

Lama Rod Owens is a graduate of the traditional 3 Year Retreat program at Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery where he received his teaching authorization from his root teacher, The Venerable Lama Norlha Rinpoche. He is currently a resident teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship in Cambridge, MA and is pursuing his graduate studies in Buddhism at Harvard Divinity School. He has served as the Lama and Program Director of Kagyu DC, a Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Center and community in Washington, D.C. Lama Rod specializes in applying the teachings of Mahamudra meditation in exploring racial and gender constructs, healing woundedness from trauma and other violence, as well as integrating spirituality and sexuality.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Intersectionali tea. That one’s for you, Lama Rod.



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Music for This Episode Courtesy of Rodrigo Rodriguez

The music heard in the middle of this podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez. You can visit his website to hear more of his music, get the full discography, and view his upcoming tour dates.

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Ted Meissner

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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  1. Firehorse Firehorse says:

    thank you so much for this! loved this interview – inspired joy and tears and i hope SB continues to move the conversation forward.

  2. Firehorse Firehorse says:

    was there a video that was going to be embedded?

  3. Ted Meissner Ted Meissner says:

    Oh! Yes, Firehorse, thank you for the reminder, that was my mistake — it has just been embedded on this page.

  4. Mark Knickelbine says:

    Practicing Confusion! Loving our anger! Examining the trauma of white racialization! Connecting, collaboration, and love! Honoring complexity! The more I listen, the more I think this is what dharma practice is supposed to be. So glad SBA has become a site for this conversation to continue.

  5. Michael Michael says:

    Thank you for posting this interview. It was eye-opening to feel resonances and connections in areas I didn’t expect.

  6. Jennifer Hawkins Jennifer Hawkins says:

    Just wanted to post a quick vote of support for all of this content. I want to listen to all of it again before digging deeper. Thanks to all involved!

  7. Doug Smith Doug Smith says:

    Thanks guys, great conversation about the dukkha of identity. This rabbit hole is very deep indeed.

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