Radical Dharma Conversation

Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Rōshi, Lama Rod Owens and Dr. Jasmine Syedullah

August 4–8, 2019

Tuition 200/300/400 + 4 nights


Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Sensei

Lama Rod Owens

Dr. Jasmine Syedullah

It’s time to create the conditions that reimagine a path of healing, reconnect with authentic community, and manifest true justice. Radical dharma (“complete truth”) is a way to enter the critical conversation about how the legacy of racial injustice and white supremacy plays out and prevents our collective awakening. We can only accomplish shifts in awareness by creating conditions for radical honesty, where we drop our need for perfection to speak and act from a place of deep vulnerability and authentic presence. This deep dive Conversation offers the critical guidance, practices, and experiences we need, but were never taught.

Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei and guest teacher Lama Rod Owens help us navigate grief, apathy, alienation, and burnout and engage in an intimate practice of bold, authentic, and inclusive conversation. Together we will:

  • Identify and disrupt patterns of internalized oppression and collusion
  • Learn embodied practice of Centering in Presence to build internal capacity
  • Learn to recognize and disrupt social patterns that play a role in silencing ourselves and others
  • Unearth and dismantle myths that deny the history and context of our conditioning   
  • Practice skillfully engaging across lines of difference to continue the conversation in your own community

As we align our values with our behaviors, we become equipped and empowered to respond to the urgent need for action.  All people looking for ways to deconstruct rather than amplify systems of suffering are welcome.

**We ask that participants read the book Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love & Liberation in advance of the program.


Continue the conversation with Radical Dharma Camp August 8 – 11. Attend both Radical Dharma Camp and Radical Dharma Conversation and enjoy discounted tuition as well as lodging rates. Click here for the combined registration. 



Shambhala Mountain Center is offering financial assistance to 5 individuals who would not otherwise be able to attend this retreat. Learn more about the available scholarships and apply HERE.

The scholarship application deadline is July 7, 2019.



Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Rōshi

Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Sensei is a maverick dharma teacher, author, and founder of Center for Transformative Change. She applies wisdom teaching to social issues at the intersections of racial, economic and climate justice. Rev. angel notes, “Love and justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” angelkyodowilliams.com

Lama Rod Owens

Lama Rod Owens is an activist, poet, and authorized Lama in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. He is a core teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship in Cambridge, MA and has a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, with a focus on the intersection of social change, identity, and spiritual practice. He is the co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Love, Race, and Liberation, and author of Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation through Anger (to be released June 16th 2020). www.lamarod.com

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.