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Love and Rage: The Path to Liberation with Lama Rod Owens The 14th Annual | 2021 CLGS John E. Boswell ONLINE Lecture

In our present day, when a politics of anger infuses every institutional and cultural sphere, Lama Rod Owens, author of Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation Through Anger, explores a radical re-envisioning of this timely topic as he addresses, in particular, those who feel called to metabolize or harness their anger for the purpose transformation and change.


Lama Rod Owens

Considered one of the leaders of the next generation of Dharma teachers, Lama Rod Owens has a blend of formal Buddhist training and life experience that gives him a unique ability to understand, relate, and engage with those around him in a way that is spacious and sincere.  His gentle, laid-back demeanor, and willingness to bare his heart and soul make others want to do the same.

Lama Rod was officially recognized by the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism after receiving his teaching authorization from his root teacher, the Venerable Lama Norlha Rinpoche when he completed the traditional 3-year silent retreat program at Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery (KTC) outside of New York City.  It was during this time that he dealt with years of past pain and trauma and found forgiveness and compassion for himself: he views this as a critical step before one is able to help others.

Since coming out of retreat, Lama Rod has completed his Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree at Harvard Divinity School.  He also practices, studies, and teaches secular mindfulness and is a teacher with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), where he is also a faculty member for the organization’s teacher training program.  Lama Rod is deeply engaged in social change activism and is co-author (with Rev. angel Kyodo williams and Jasmine Syedullah) of the book Radical Dharma, Talking Race, Love and Liberation.


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