Lama Rod Owens and angel Kyodo williams invite Atlantans into a unique conversation about Buddhism and racial justice called Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, inspired by talks they have facilitated in the wake of the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner to address the challenges they face as formal teachers and teachers-of-color within the American Buddhist community. They're situating themselves squarely within the teachings of the dharma to meet the presence of white supremacy and racism in our lives, in our practice centers, and in our relationships to liberation. The idea was generated after they saw the results of having been asked to participate in such a dialogue together for Buddhadharma Magazine. The positive response made even clearer the unique interconnection of their perspectives and positions on the value of Buddhist teachings in reflecting on the moment in history we are in. As Rod says in the dialogue in Buddhadharma Magazine, "There's a problem when the only person of color in this room is me and I am on the cushion in front... there's a lot to hold there." They are bringing this conversation about radical dharma to bookstores and meditation centers and universities across the country to open up space for folks to tell their stories and cut through the "diversity" conversation so many of us are familiar with to get to the heart of separation by putting the basic tools of Buddhist practice into practice. No previous knowledge of buddhist practice is necessary to attend or appreciate the contents of the talk. This is a Charis Circle Founding the Future of Feminism event. The suggested donation to support the space of Charis Circle is $5. Offerings may also be made to Lama Rod Owens and angel Kyodo williams in thanks and recognition of their teachings.
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