To honour and cherish Black History USA and LGBTQIA+ Month, join us to hear the wisdom of Lama Rod Owens, Ruth King and sharing from Simran Uppal. They share Buddhist philosophy and contemplative practice, to recognize, honour and tap into anger, rage and love.
In a time when the politics of anger-who gets to be angry, how, when and at whom-infuse every institutional and cultural sphere, their wisdom will resonate with many: young adults, activists, political organizers, Buddhists, POC, those living in marginalized bodies.
Ruth King is the Founder of Mindful of Race Institute, LLC, and is a celebrated author, educator, and meditation teacher. Formally an organizational development consultant to Intel and Levi Strauss corporations, King currently teaches the Mindful of Race Training Program to leaders, teams, and organizations, weaving mindfulness-based principles with an exploration of our racial conditioning, its impact, and our potential.
King teaches mindfulness meditation retreats worldwide and develops meditation practitioners at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Insight Meditation Society, and the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program. She has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, CA, and is the author of several publications including “Healing Rage; Women Making Inner Peace Possible” and her most recent, “Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism From The Inside Out”.
King – Elder, Heart Activist, African American with Choctaw roots, and native Californian, currently reside on the unceded territory of the Catawba indigenous nations in Charlotte, NC, with wife, Dr Barbara Riley, and doggie Bodhi.
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 practise 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. His latest book -Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation Through Anger he shares his personal journey with rage
Simran Uppal is from West London and lives in Hackney. As a poet and theatremaker, they explore radical approaches to South Asian ecstatic poetry across lines of religion, and run a small theatre company, using art-making as a way to build community among queer people of colour. As a yoga teacher and educator, they’re interested in joyful co-creation, trauma-sensitivity, and the spaces between embodiment, dreaming, and devotion. Simran is also the secretary of the newly founded Yoga Teachers Union, a branch of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain, and works for an anti-poverty charity.
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