Love and Rage
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The Path of Liberation through Anger
In the face of systemic racism and state-sanctioned violence, how can we metabolize our anger into a force for liberation?
White supremacy in the United States has long necessitated that Black rage be suppressed, repressed, or denied, often as a means of survival, a literal matter of life and death. In Love and Rage, Lama Rod Owens, coauthor of Radical Dharma, shows how this unmetabolized anger–and the grief, hurt, and transhistorical trauma beneath it–needs to be explored, respected, and fully embodied to heal from heartbreak and walk the path of liberation. This is not a book about bypassing anger to focus on happiness, or a road map for using spirituality to transform the nature of rage into something else. Instead, it is one that offers a potent vision of anger that acknowledges and honors its power as a vehicle for radical social change and enduring spiritual transformation.
Love and Rage weaves the inimitable wisdom and lived experience of Lama Rod Owens with Buddhist philosophy, practical meditation exercises, mindfulness, tantra, pranayama, ancestor practices, energy work, and classical yoga. The result is a book that serves as both a balm and a blueprint for those seeking justice who can feel overwhelmed with anger–and yet who refuse to relent. It is a necessary text for these times.
SALES TRACK RECORD: Owen’s co-authored book, Radical Dharma (NAB, 2016), has sold 16,000 copies in two years.
TIMELY TOPIC: We are living in an era of social, political, and economic upheaval at home and around the world, resulting in heightened animosity, distrust, violence, and anger all around. This book teaches us how to take anger’s potential for inflicting pain and suffering and reverse-engineer its power towards achieving positive, healing, and compassionate change.
EXPERIENCED TEACHER: Lama Rod Owens was officially recognized by the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism after receiving his teaching authorization from his root teacher the Venerable Lama Norlha Rinpoche. He has Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School and is a teacher with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) where he is also a faculty member for the organization’s teacher training program. He is also heavily engaged in social change activism.
AUTHOR PLATFORM: Owens is a sought-after speaker among activist and Buddhist communities alike, and lectures/teaches frequently on the topic of anger in Buddhist practice. As an African-American and gay man, he shares his own personal struggles with anger, stories from others, Buddhist teachings, as well suggested practices and exercises. He has been published and featured in several publications including Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Spirit Magazine, and contributed the chapter on working with anger for the recent publication Real World Mindfulness for Beginners. He is a regular guest on SiriusXM’s Urban View hosted by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and publisher Karen Hunter.