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Practicing Unsafe Dharma: Ethics, Sex, and the Bodhisattva Attitude
October 14 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm PDT
Half Day Workshop with Rod Owens
Americans live in a culture that is inundated with sexual images, but has at the same time failed to develop sex positivity. As dharma practitioners, we are called to cultivate awareness in order to eventually achieve enlightenment. For those of us dedicated to the Bodhisattva attitude, we are called to awaken in order to wake others up. All this talk and practice becomes complicated when we consider our practice of sex. Our deep embodied shame around sex and sexuality coupled with traumas around sexual violence makes our relationship to sex complicated, and when we attempt to align our spiritual aspirations with our sexual realities, it seems impossible. This retreat is for anyone, Buddhist or non-Buddhist, who is interested in doing the work of undoing sex and body shame and seeing this vital and beautiful work as the manifestation of the Bodhisattva Vow. We will take basic Buddhist ethics and place them in conversation with both traditional and contemporary Buddhist sexual ethics to understand a new ethics of sex and body grounded in compassion, self-care, and radical presence. This space is for all people wanting open, frank, and direct dialogue.
The Arlington Center
369 Massachusetts Avenue
$35 plus dana for the teacher
Rod Owens, Lama Rod, is the guiding teacher for the Radical Dharma Boston Collective and teaches with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), where he is also a faculty member for the organization’s teacher training program. He holds a master of divinity degree in Buddhist studies from Harvard Divinity School with a focus on the intersection of social change, identity, and spiritual practice. He is a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, which explores race in the context of American Buddhist communities. Lama Rod facilitates undoing patriarchy workshops for male-identified practitioners in Brooklyn and Boston, and his current writing project is an exploration of intersectional masculinity and spirituality. He is officially recognized by the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.