ESSENTIAL DHARMA CLASS SERIES
Uncovering the Roots of Identity,
Waking up to Whiteness
SELECT Wednesdays THIS FALL
Sept 20, Sept. 27, Nov. 8, Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 13
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Who are we behind the identities we wear from day to day, the identities we take ourselves to be? Race is one aspect of our identity that profoundly impacts how we meet—and are met by—this world. And yet, it is a social, historical, and cultural construct. This Essential Dharma class series is a special opportunity for a small group of seasoned meditators to examine the roots of identity through the lens of race, a practice that is at the very heart of the Buddha’s path of liberation.
In a kind and supportive environment of no more than 24 people, we will explore our personal experience of race through meditation, inquiry, and small-group engagement. We will also study historical and institutional racism through talks, readings and other media. This class series will draw upon a leading-edge curriculum used in dharma communities across the country. It is designed to guide white folks into a deeper personal relationship with the practice of decolonizing racism.
This can feel like edgy territory for each of us, but the challenge is also a unique opportunity for deep dharma practice. As we understand the impact and construct of whiteness in today's world, it is possible to find unprecedented compassion, connection and freedom. This liberating exploration is also a direct way that we can participate in making our dharma communities more diverse and truly welcoming for all who seek the teachings of the dharma.
Because space is limited to 24 people, we recommend that you register early. In order to maintain the container of the group, we ask that participants commit to attend at least five out of the six class sessions.
Prerequisites: Participants are required to have 14 nights of residential retreat experience and to have watched the PBS film series “Race - The Power of an Illusion” before the first class. All three episodes are available to rent for $4.99 for the whole series or $2.99 per episode at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/race. We also ask that you read the two-page article “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” by Peggy McIntosh, prior to the first class. Reading the book Waking Up White, by Debby Irving, is recommended but not required.
Fees: Sliding scale, $50, $70, $90. Financial assistance is available by contacting Terry Leonard at email@example.com. Registration fees support the Durango Dharma Center. This class is offered on the basis of dana, a practice of mutual generosity that has been alive since the time of the Buddha. At the end of each class there will be an opportunity to offer a donation to the teacher.
Venue: Durango Dharma Center, 1800 East 3rd Avenue
Register: Please register online on the upper left section of this page. You can also download a registration form and send your check (payable to Durango Dharma Center) to Judy Gerhardt, 288 Animas View Dr. #23, Durango, CO 81301. (970) 375-9617
Questions: Please contact Terry Leonard at firstname.lastname@example.org
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