Working with Sexual Misconduct in the Shambhala Community - Open Event

with Lama Rod Owens

November 7th (2018)

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  • £10 Suggested Donation
Room: Main meditation hall

This evening, Lama Rod presents from the London Shambhala Centre, exploring the impacts of sexual misconduct in spiritual communities and offering support to the local and greater Shambhala community as it comes to terms with recent revelations concerning the behaviour of the Sakyong. Lama Rod explores the reality of the teacher/student relationship, power/hierarchy, patriarchy/misogyny, enabling violence, emotional trauma, compassion, love, and accountability, grieving, and creating safe spaces after the revelations of abuse.


Lama Rod Owens

Lama Rod Owens is an author, activist, and authorised Lama (Buddhist Teacher) in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Rod is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice and study community. Lama Rod is also a teacher with the Daishin Zen Buddhist Temple, the Urban Yoga Foundation, Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), a visiting teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship and the Brooklyn Zen Center.

Lama Rod has been a faculty member for the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s professional education programme in mindfulness for educators and has served as a guest faculty member for the school’s course Mindfulness for Educators. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School where he focussed on the intersection of social change, identity, and spiritual practice.

He is a co-author of Radical Dharma, Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, which explores race in the context of American Buddhist communities. Lama Rod is a founding teacher for the Awaken meditation app that offers meditations and contemplations focused on social change. He has been published and featured in several publications including Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Spirit Magazine, and contributed the chapter on working with anger for the recent publication Real World Mindfulness for Beginners. He is a regular guest on SiriusXM’s Urban View hosted by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and publisher Karen Hunter. He has offered talks, retreats, and workshops for many organizations and universities including New York University, Yale University, Harvard University, Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, Tufts University, University of Vermont, and Boston College.

Lama Rod facilitates undoing patriarchy workshops for male identified practitioners in Brooklyn and Boston. His current writing projects include patriarchy in spiritual communities, White supremacy in Tibetan Buddhist communities, sexuality and ethics, as well as fatness and spirituality. Lama Rod’s next book will explore transformative anger and love and is due out June 2019. Lama Rod can be reached at


Suggested Donation £10/£7 low waged/£5 concession - the evening is dana-based which means everyone is invited to give according to their means and inspiration.