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Embracing EcoDharma as A New Saint

Buddhist Minister, Author, and Activist Lama Rod Owens led this EcoDharma Exploration on March 24, 2024. A recording is available below. We welcome your support for this program.

Credit: Nat Krause from Wikimedia Commons.

The earth is precious. Without its health and stability our own well-being is threatened. Each day, we are faced with the struggle of making choices to live more sustainably while systems of violence and power like capitalism, racism, patriarchy, and others continue to disrupt this work of sustainability.

During this gathering, Lama Rod Owens led us in exploring themes around climate anxiety, the harm of individual and collective narcissism, and connecting to the awakened consciousness of the earth as well as the sky. How can we develop renewed visions for activism based on the recognition that all systems of violence intersect with climate change?

This EcoDharma Exploration drew from Lama Rod’s newest book, The New Saints, along with ancient Buddhist based practices, including mindfulness and tantra, and body-based practices to deepen our understanding of our body’s connection to the earth.

This gathering took place on March 24, 2024. You can find the recording of this event below.

Lama Rod Owens

Lama Rod Owens is a Black Buddhist Southern Queen. An international influencer with a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School. Author of The New Saints: From Broken Hearts to Spiritual Warriors and Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation through Anger, and co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation, his teachings center on freedom, self-expression, and radical self-care. A leading voice in a new generation of Buddhist teachers with over 11 years of experience, Lama Rod activates the intersections of his identity to create a platform that’s very natural, engaging, and inclusive. Applauded for his mastery in balancing weighty topics with a sense of lightness, the Queen has been featured by various national and international news outlets. Highly sought after for talks, retreats, and workshops, his mission is showing you how to heal and free yourself.

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