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A Night with Lama Rod Owens - Embracing the Sexual Divine: Liberating Ourselves from Sex & Body Shame

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

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? Yet beyond that, how can we practice wisdom and make intelligent choices to enjoy our bodies and the bodies of others in ways that do not reproduce psychic harm for ourselves or others? Being “Spiritual” does not mean we give up sex or cruising our favorite apps like Tinder or Grindr. Nor do we have to depart from communities of transgressive sexual practices that for many of us have been liberating. What being a spiritual person means is that our choices and practices are rooted in love and compassion. This is an open, frank, and hopefully shame-free exploration of exploring the sexual divine.

https://www.lamarod.com/blog/2019/5/3/embracing-the-sexual-divine-libera...

About Lama Rod

Officially recognized by the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, Lama Rod received his teaching authorization after spending over 3 years in silent group retreat at Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery (KTC) outside of New York City. It was during this time that he dealt with years of past pain and trauma and found forgiveness and compassion for himself, which he views as a critical step before truly being able to help others. Since completing retreat he has been pursuing his Master of Divinity degree at Harvard Divinity School and is a core teacher with the Natural Dharma Fellowship. He has been published and featured in several publications including Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and Spirit Magazine. He is also heavily engaged in social change work and has just released a book with Rev. angel Kydo williams and Dr. Jasmine Syedullah entitled, Radical Dharma, Talking Race, Love, and Liberation.

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