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RADICAL DHARMA with Lama Rod Owens at KCC Urban Center

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, Identity, Power:  Conversations and Contemplations on the things we are scared to talk about, rooted in Buddhist wisdom and human experience.

Lama Rod’s teachings are grounded in the practice of Radical Presence. 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 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, and because we feel at home in our bodies, we feel at home in the world. That is radical presence. At its heart, it is an awareness of one’s own intersectionality or the complex community of personal identities we all have, in constant interaction and expression.

Lama Rod Owens is a formally trained Buddhist Teacher in the Kagyu lineage.  He received his teaching authorization from his root teacher the Venerable Lama Norlha Rinpoche when he completed the traditional 3-year silent retreat program at Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery outside of New York City. It was during this time that Lama Rod dealt with years of past pain and trauma and found forgiveness and compassion for himself, which he views as a critical step before being able to help others effectively through engaged social change activism.  After his retreat, Lama Rod completed his Master of Divinity degree at Harvard Divinity School.

Lama Rod is a openly gay, African American teacher, “working to be as open, honest and vulnerable as possible and to help others do the same.  Because on the other side of fear is liberation.” (statement from his website).


KCC Urban Center
4936 NE Skidmore St
Portland, Oregon 97218