Episode 007:

Lama Rod

Love & Rage

Today’s episode we’re joined by Buddhist minister and social activist Lama Rod Owens, author of Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation Through Anger. Our subject is anger, something Lama Rod once had to suppress in order to survive as “a Black queer body in America.” He writes: “My fear of death and policing has translated into a self-policing of my anger, to such an extent that if it weren’t for my meditation practice, I wouldn’t know how to find my anger.”

How do we work with the energies of anger in this intense cultural moment? Do we need our anger to keep us motivated in the face of injustice and oppression? For Lama Rod, anger can start us off, but only love will sustain the work. This is the basis of his guided meditation – we connect to love and care as a way to hold both our anger and the “broken-heartedness” that’s often found underneath. A deep practice and a very raw conversation with one of the leaders of the next generation of dharma teachers.

Lama Rod’s 15 minute guided practice on care and anger starts at 11:50 and ends at 27:26.


There's the sorrow, the heartbrokenness. There's the anger. You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both. And then you have a really authentic meditation practice.

*Note: This auto-transcript is only lightly edited. You might find some typos! 


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