• Woodlawn Methodist Church (map)
  • 1425 Northeast Dekum Street
  • Portland, OR, 97211
  • United States

Cost: Sliding scale donation of $12 to $25. Please support this event and Lama Rod Owens by paying as much as you are able to afford. No one will be turned away based on ability to pay- scholarships available: please contact  Drea at drea@presencecollective.org for more information. 

Caverly Morgan, Presence Collective, SOLA, and Radical Meditation for People of Color are honored to host this special evening workshop with visiting teacher Lama Rod Owens.

So many of us are grieving and in deep mourning for the world and ourselves.  Many of us have been conditioned to avoid and deny our pain and to see it as dangerous. If we are struggling with within systems of oppression, we may experience forms of intense pain in the form of various identity based traumas. To transform our relationship to this pain we must begin cultivating an open heart and leading with that openness. But how do we begin to rely on our broken hearts as a profound means of both personal and social liberation? How does our pain become the teacher? How can it become the path? Most importantly, how does this path of the open heart become a strategy for social liberation as well?

About Lama Rod Owens:

Lama Rod Owens is considered one of the emerging leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers. An author, activist, and formally authorized Buddhist teacher in the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism, he is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice community as well as a teacher with Daishin Zen Buddhist Temple and Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) , a visiting teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship, the Brooklyn Zen Center, and a founding teacher of the Awaken App. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Lama Rod is a guest faculty member at the Harvard School of Education’s program Mindfulness for Educators. He is also a co-author of Radical Dharma, Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. Lama Rod is He can be reached at www.lamarod.com.