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"Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation through Anger"
by Lama Rod Owens 

"White supremacy in the United States has long necessitated that Black rage be suppressed, repressed, or denied, often as a means of survival, a literal matter of life and death. In Love and Rage, Lama Rod Owens, coauthor of Radical Dharma, shows how this unmetabolized anger--and the grief, hurt, and transhistorical trauma beneath it--needs to be explored, respected, and fully embodied to heal from heartbreak and walk the path of liberation. This is not a book about bypassing anger to focus on happiness, or a road map for using spirituality to transform the nature of rage into something else. Instead, it is one that offers a potent vision of anger that acknowledges and honors its power as a vehicle for radical social change and enduring spiritual transformation.

Love and Rage weaves the inimitable wisdom and lived experience of Lama Rod Owens with Buddhist philosophy, practical meditation exercises, mindfulness, tantra, pranayama, ancestor practices, energy work, and classical yoga. The result is a book that serves as both a balm and a blueprint for those seeking justice who can feel overwhelmed with anger--and yet who refuse to relent. It is a necessary text for these times."

(Penguin Random House Canada)

Book Club Details

This group will meet VIRTUALLY once a week in November, on Tuesdays at 7:00 - 8:30pm ET (as detailed below). Meetings will feature brief guided meditation practice in addition to group discussion of the book.

  • Session 1 (Tuesday, November 8): Part 1: Intro till end of Ch. 3

  • Session 2 (Tuesday, November 15): Part 2: Ch. 4, 5, 6 & 7

  • Session 3 (Tuesday, November 22): Part 3: Ch. 8, 9, 10 & 11

  • Session 4 (Tuesday, November 29): Part 4: Ch. 12, 13, 14, & 15

    • Session 4 includes a full Q&A and talk with the author

Sessions will adhere to the following cadence: 

  • Round Robin

  • Quotes & Conversation 

  • Group Q&A

  • Wrap up 

Cost for all four sessions is $80. If you wish to only attend the fourth session with the author Q&A, we are requesting $20. 

Any questions? Please email Oneika at Oneika.Mays@theidproject.org

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"We have to understand that at some point we have to develop an attitude of needing to love everything, especially what is unlovable."

 From "Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation through Anger" by Lama Rod Owens

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Meet the Author

Lama Rod Owens (he/him) is a Buddhist minister, author, activist, yoga instructor and authorized Lama, or Buddhist teacher, in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism and is considered one of the leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School and is a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation. Owens is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice and study community. Has been published in Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle and The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and offers talks, retreats and workshops in more than seven countries.

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