In an inspiring talk on resiliency, Lama Rod Owens discusses remaining devoted to liberation despite our struggles.
Lama Rod Owens joins David Nichtern to discuss rethinking the traditional approach to the Dharma on this episode of Creativity, Spirituality & Making a Buck: Ep. 37 Rethinking the Dharma
“My brokenheartedness doesn’t hold me. The despair doesn’t hold me, the sorrow doesn’t hold me. I, with the support of joy, gratitude, kindness, compassion, love, I hold the brokenheartedness.” — Lama Rod Owens
About 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 with a focus on the intersection of social change, identity, and spiritual practice. Author of 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. Highly sought after for talks, retreats, and workshops, his mission is to show you how to heal and free yourself.
A leading voice in a new generation of Buddhist teachers with over 11 years of experience, Lama Rod is highly respected among his peers and the communities that he serves. “It can be confusing for people to see Tantric Buddhist teachings coming from someone who’s Black and queer, southern, and fat, but I love it. It’s who I am,” he says. From these intersections, he creates a platform that’s very natural, engaging, and inclusive.
Applauded for his mastery in balancing weighty topics with a sense of lightness while still speaking truth to power, this Queen has been featured by CNN, Good Morning America, BBC, The Washington Post, PBS, NPR, Ebony, and more. Connection is Lama Rod’s second language; authenticity is his first. Meeting people where they are and speaking to them rather than at them with words they can relate to makes his delivery digestible and highly sought after.
Lama Rod co-founded Bhumisparsha in 2018, a spiritual community with a mission of making tantra accessible and inclusive for North American practitioners while serving as a catalyst for transformative social change. He also co-founded Dharma Queens, a series of conversations on Instagram Live with sister sadada, to help people get freer faster. Prior engagements from the Buddhist minister, author, activist, yoga instructor, and authorized Lama in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism to include talks, retreats, and workshops for organizations, businesses, and universities, including Calm, NYU, Yale, Harvard, Google, Columbia University, University of Vermont, Boston College.