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Lama Rod Owens

Lama Rod Owens is the Guiding Teacher for the Radical Dharma Boston Collective and teaches with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) where he is also a faculty member for the organization's teacher training program. He holds 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. He has been published and featured in several publications including Buddhadharma, Lion's Roar, Tricycle, The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Spirit Magazine, and the book Real World Mindfulness for Beginners where he contributed the chapter on working with anger and difficult emotions. He is also a contributor for the forthcoming collection Mindfulness in the Age of Madness: Surviving the Trump Era.

He has offered talks, retreats, and workshops for many organizations and universities including New York University, Yale University, Harvard University, Tufts University, University of Vermont, and Boston College. He has also offered talks and lead short retreats with Cambridge Insight Meditation, Pioneer Valley Insight Meditation Center, Shambhala Atlanta, and Shambhala Mountain Center. Recently he has offered talks with the Mindful Relationship Summit and Worldwide Insight. Lama Rod is also a visiting teacher/contributing teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship and the Brooklyn Zen Center. Lama Rod facilitates undoing patriarchy workshops for male identified practitioners in Brooklyn and Boston and his current writing project is an exploration of intersectional masculinity and spirituality. He was a guest faculty member for a class called Mindfulness for Educators at the Harvard School of Education under Dr. Metta Garvey. 


Lama Rod was officially recognized and authorized as a lama by the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism after successfully completing the traditional 3-year retreat. His root teacher is Lama Norlha Rinpoche. He has also trained with and received empowerments from Lama Willa Miller, lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche, H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche, Thrangu Rinpoche.
 
He has been doing group and individual interviews for 5 years in and out of retreats and works closely supporting students in their practice. He supports  students individually in the iBme's teaching training program and leads a small group that meets monthly.
 
Lama Rod is co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, which explores race in the context of American Buddhist communities.

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