Lama Rod Owens on Love & Anger (#114)

About the Guest

Lama Rod Owens is a Buddhist minister, 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.


In this episode we discuss:

  1. The utility of righteous anger in activism
  2. Spiritual practice as an expression of disrupting violence in the world
  3. Discomfort as the place where realization and freedom arises from
  4. Orienting to the collective Рholding my needs and the needs of the collective together 
  5. The necessity of a commitment to practice for to create change
  6. Dharma as a path to freedom, liberation, complete 
  7. Becoming yourself to free yourself
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