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


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.