Race, Love, and Liberation: Applying Buddhist practice to Racial Justice

Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 7:00 pm

Co-taught by Autumn Brown and Sosan Theresa Flynn
Sliding Scale $50 – $100 – registration

February 1 – March 29 ● 7-8:30 pm – Five Classes, every other Wednesday

“Radical Dharma is insurgence rooted in love, and all that love of self and others implies. It takes self-liberation to its necessary end by moving beyond personal transformation to transcend dominant social norms and deliver us into collective freedom.”
Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Sensei

What does it mean to put our attention on Racial Justice in our practice of the dharma? What arises within us? And how do we manage what arises? How can our practice of the dharma assist us when we resist understanding our collective trauma related to race and racism, and when we become entangled within the dynamics of shame and ignorance?

This 5 session class will examine the issues of race, racism, and the history of white identity and cultural loss, through the lens of Buddhist practice.

Text: Radical Dharma by Rev. angel Kyodo Williams, Lama Rod Owens and Jasmine Syedullah Ph.D.
Please read the preface and introduction before the first class.

About the teachers:
Autumn Brown is a mother, organizer, theologian, artist, and a facilitator who grounds her work in healing from the trauma of oppression. She is a member of AORTA, the Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance. Autumn brings over 10 years of experience facilitating with community-based and movement organizations, and training activists in Consensus Process, Facilitation, and Racial Justice. She has taught and presented in many places across the country, as well as internationally. She lives in the Avon Hills with her partner and three children, where she enjoys writing science fiction and building fires.Sosan Flynn began practicing Zen in 1992, and received dharma transmission in the Soto Zen Buddhist lineage in 2012. For the past 17 years, she has taught many classes on Zen teachings, ethical guidelines, meditation practices and council practice.  Sosan has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and worked in both community mental health and staff training before coming to work at the Zen Center. As a staff trainer, she specialized in diversity training, with a focus on LGBTQ issues. Since 2015 she has served as the Guiding Teacher for Clouds in Water. Sosan lives in St. Paul with her husband of 29 years and their 18-year-old son.