Compassion is the practice of connecting to our deep discomfort, recognizing that others are also uncomfortable, and developing the aspiration for both ourselves and all beings to be free from discomfort. Compassion is a profound practice that can free us from fear, shame, loneliness, and isolation. The practice of intimacy is the practice of allowing our compassion to embrace our fear so that we may actually began experiencing true closeness with ourselves and others. Without the energy of compassion in all of our relationships and interactions, we run the risk of potentially transmitting various kinds of violence. If there is no deep empathy, our friendships and sexual relationships can be depleting and lack meaning. In this workshop, we will explore the uses of compassion in deepening compassion for ourselves, our bodies, and our relationships.
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Lama Rod Owens 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.