Saturday, December 11th
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Among the most widely known teachings of the historical Buddha is his description of the Four Noble Truths, which might be viewed as a 2500-year-old diagnosis of the causes of suffering and a prescription for ending it. The inherently unstable nature of race and the persistence of racism comprises untold amounts of suffering and distress in our times. For some of us, this kind of suffering is direct, personal and apparent on a daily basis. For others, indeed, it is much less so, to the point of being virtually invisible and therefore difficult to see, or even to believe that it exists. Still, if we are willing to open up our perceptive capabilities in this direction, our daily experiences give us first-hand access to insight into the first noble truth – there is dissatisfaction and distress – and helps us see that, for human beings in the contemporary world, part of that suffering is what might be called “racial suffering.”
How might our practices – separately and together — provide a path toward liberation from racial suffering and enhancing our sense of inherent belonging and just community? In this half-day retreat (10 am to 1 pm), Rhonda Magee will support you in exploring or deepening practices for awakening to and experiencing liberation from the harms of racism in our lives; and, opening up room to breathe around and through the notion of race at its core.
All registered participants will receive a link to join us via Zoom with their EventBrite confirmation email.