Lama Rod: Liberation Through Love and Rage

November 16 – 18, 2018

We are extremely delighted to welcome back to Kansas City and the Rime Center Lama Rod Owen, November 16th & 18th. Lama Rod will be teaching on how we can achieve liberation through love and rage.

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It shouldn’t be a secret that historically marginalized communities and peoples are deeply traumatized right now. Each day there are new threats impacting the wellbeing of communities all over the world. This is part of systematic historical oppression that we have been subjected to for centuries. To disrupt the impact of oppression on our bodies and in our minds, how can we take up the profound teachings of Audre Lorde when she declares self-care as self-preservation making it an act of political warfare. In this warfare how are we inviting love and rage as partners that are helping us do the work of liberation? This will be a weekend of gentle yet direct exploration of how systematic oppression gets us stuck and how to move through this stuckness embracing the strategies of liberatory intersectional contemplative practice. We will also being exploring the role of wrathful compassion and Tantric anger as strategies to achieve liberation.

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’s spacious and sincere. His gentle, laid-back demeanor and willingness to bare his heart and soul makes others want to do the same. Even when seated in front of a room, he’s next to you, sharing his stories and struggles with an openness vulnerability and gentle humor that makes you genuinely feel good about who you are, with all your flaws and foibles, you’re lovable and deserving of happiness and joy. He invites you into the cross sections of his life as a Black, queer male, born and raised in the South, and heavily influenced by the church and its community.

Lama Rod Owens was officially recognized by the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism after receiving his teaching authorization from his root teacher the Venerable Lama Norlha Rinpoche (below) 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, what he views as a critical step before truly being able to help others.

If you are coming in from out of town the Rime Center has a reduced rate at the Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza. Cutoff date to reserve the room at the reduced rate is October 31st.


Friday, November, 16
7:30 pm – 9 pm Introductory Teaching
Saturday, November, 17
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Sunday, November 18
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Public Talk

Suggested Fees

$150 pre-registration, $175 at the door

These teachings are available to EVERYONE. We have “Suggested Fees,” however pay whatever you can afford. Everyone is welcome! It is our hope that some will pay more to cover those who can’t afford the usual fee. We simply want everyone to come this weekend for these wonderful teachings.

Register by mail: Download the Registration Form here, print, and mail or bring it to the Rime Center.

Register online: Constant Contact