Tuesday May 23, 2017
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams calls to disrupt the system of separation, to connect with ourselves and with others and examine the structures within spiritual communities that mirror the larger societal systems.
As sentient beings, we long for connection: to be seen, to be heard, to belong, to contribute. Yet the environment - political, economic and social structures that we navigate daily envelops us in a myth of separation. We separate the haves and have nots, those like us and those different from us. We live in fragmented communities torn by partisan politics.
RADICAL DHARMA is a book to challenge us. It's a springboard for conversations that provide an opportunity to understand how we all embody the legacy of racial injustice, no matter what our race. This work must be done in community since the construct is embedded in our collective social body. Together we can feel the prickly edges and bearing witness to the ways we uphold the construct, we can created Enlightened Society.
"Radical Dharma is both radical... and courageous. The authors build upon the growing understanding of the connection between personal and societal liberation. Radical Dharma unflinchingly turns this lens to this most challenging and critical nexus of racism and white supremacy. We whites on a spiritual path are lovingly challenged to get our butts off the mat, understanding that our personal liberation is impossible while we unconciously enjoy the privileges of our skin color. Those in pain and enraged from the brutalities of oppression are lovingly challenged to get that we will never create a liberated society without attending to our own liberation. This is not an 'easy' book. Just like a Zen koan, Radical Dharma asks provacative questions rather than prescriptive answers, questions that unsettle, questions that challenge some of our most precious assumptions. Through personal stories and dialogue, we are invited on a powerful journey of spiritual and political awakening. Take the invitation!
-Robert Gass, EdD, cofounder, Rockwood Leadership Institute and Social Transformation Project
This study group will meet beginning May 16, for five Tuesdays from 7-9 PM. There is no charge for joining, but a patron price of $25 is appreciated. Please purchase a copy of the book before our first meeting. We will have a limited number of copies for sale at our center.