Lama Rod Owens on ‘Radical Presence and Social Justice'

Lama Rod Owens

Join us at 6:00 PM Thursday, April 4, as Lama Rod Owens connects the Second Buddha’s teaching with contemporary concerns. Perhaps the most radical act now is to be our most open and vulnerable selves allowing our broken hearts to be glimpsed. In this glimpsing, we can learn to allow our broken hearts with its fear, trauma, and ignorance to inform our social change work. Radical presence is the practice of allowing our broken hearts to show us how to be free and to help others to get free.

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 visiting teacher with several Buddhist centers including the Natural Dharma Fellowship and the Brooklyn Zen Center. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Lama Rod has also been a guest faculty member at the Harvard School of Education’s program Mindfulness for Educators. He has been a regular guest on SiriusXM’s Urban View hosted by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Karen Hunter. He is also a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation and his next book project exploring transformative anger and rage is due out Fall 2019. Lama Rod can be reached at

The event is free and open to the public.

Programming for The Second Buddha was coordinated by Associate Professor of Asian Studies Benjamin Bogin through the Skidmore Faculty Scholar Residency, which is co-sponsored by the Center for Leadership, Teaching, and Learning and the Office of the Dean of Special Programs; and the Tang Teaching Museum.

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