Radical Dharma Reading Group

November 3rd—December 15th

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    Room: Community Room


    November 3 (Section 1)
    November 17 (Section 2)
    December 1 (Section 3)
    December 15 (Section 4) 

    Please read Section 1 before our first meeting

    Time: 2-4pm

    Place: Boulder Shambhala Center Community Room

    Facilitators: Jeffrey Neering and Azia Abrahan-May


    Please join us to read and discuss the book Radical Dharma by Lama Rod Owens, Rev. angel Kyodo Williams, and Jasmine Sydullah. You are welcomed to engage in a critical discussion on the dynamics of power, privilege, and race as it affects dharma communities. We will discuss issues surrounding marginalization and bring our own experiences to bear on our vision of what inclusivity might look like in dharma communities.

    “Igniting a long-overdue dialogue about how the legacy of racial injustice and white supremacy plays out in society at large and Buddhist communities in particular, this urgent call to action outlines a new dharma that takes into account the ways that racism and privilege prevent our collective awakening. The authors traveled around the country to spark an open conversation that brings together the Black prophetic tradition and the wisdom of the Dharma. Bridging the world of spirit and activism, they urge a compassionate response to the systemic, state-sanctioned violence and oppression that has persisted against black people since the slave era.
    Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, and Jasmine Syedullah represent a new voice in American Buddhism. Offering their own histories and experiences as illustrations of the types of challenges facing dharma practitioners and teachers who are different from those of the past five decades, they ask how teachings that transcend color, class, and caste are hindered by discrimination and the dynamics of power, shame, and ignorance. Their illuminating argument goes beyond a demand for the equality and inclusion of diverse populations to advancing a new dharma that deconstructs rather than amplifies systems of suffering and prepares us to weigh the shortcomings not only of our own minds but also of our communities. They forge a path toward reconciliation and self-liberation that rests on radical honesty, a common ground where we can drop our need for perfection and propriety... In a society where profit rules, people’s value is determined by the color of their skin, and many voices—including queer voices—are silenced, Radical Dharma recasts the concepts of engaged spirituality, social transformation, inclusiveness, and healing.”

    Copies of Radical Dharma are available to purchase at the front desk of the Boulder Shambhala Center for $8


    Presented by The Lu Collective: Inscrutable Action on Inclusivity

    This is offering is free to all. Donations of $5-$10 per session is greatly appreciated.