Recognizing the importance of the subject, the challenge of diving into it, and the opportunity and need to explore our own experience and responses, we will be discussing only Chapter 5, “Embodiment”. While not wanting to limit the exploration or discussion, we felt that some people who may want to participate may not have the time and/or resources to commit to the entire book.
How I chose Love and Rage for the Book Club selection
Lama Rod, describing himself as a fat, gay, black man, wrote on November 9, 2016 (the day after the trump election): “I let myself cry that I am not trusting many people now….the most disadvantaged bodies in this country must once again develop survival strategies and must also work to liberate all bodies. I must continue living among people who let selfish concerns outweigh the health and welfare of people like me.”
Lama Rod realized that as a Black Man he had no choice but to be mindful with anger as part of his experience. His teachings have given validation to BIPOC people as well as all of us considered the other. I found his Dharma to be liberating with a coming home to my body.
Lama Rod Owens
Author and Buddhist Teacher
Lama Rod Owens is a Buddhist teacher, author, activist, yoga instructor and authorized Lama, or Buddhist teacher, in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism and is considered one of the leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School and is a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation. Owens is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice and study community. Has been published in Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle and The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and offers talks, retreats and workshops in more than seven countries.