Excoriating the Demons of Whiteness

February 21st

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    Room: West Loop Shambhala Center, 37 N. Carpenter St.


    Excoriating the demons of Whiteness:
     addressing the 4 devils in Chöd as a means to interrogating bias and unleashing liberation.

    Dharma practice helps to release us from the various habitual tendencies that create our own suffering and also aids us in better understanding how we contribute to the suffering of others. In this dharma talk Lama Justin will offer a teaching on the 4 devils found in Chöd practice and how developing a better understanding of the 4 devils aids us in taking responsibility for our unconscious bias and deepening our experience of the moment. He will also offer instruction and transmission for a short practice called: The Fiery Tigle of Tröma Ngakmo: A Daily Practice of Instantaneous Severance, aimed at freeing us from the patterning of our bias and the impact that it has on others.

    Join us to celebrate the publication of Modern Tantric Buddhism: Embodiment and Authenticity in Dharma Practice by Lama Justin von Bujdoss. There will be a presentation by the author, followed by a Q&A and signing.  Donations of any amount will be appreciated.

    Book Description:

    Today, a new generation of Buddhists searches for ways to adopt Vajrayana while staying true to its historical legacy. Modern Tantric Buddhism unpacks the principles and applications of this esoteric practice in an accessible and meaningful manner, connecting its roots to a socially engaged, modern-day dharma. Taking a traditional Tibetan pedagogical approach, Lama Justin von Bujdoss divides the book into three thematic sections: Body, as it applies to physicality and embodiment; Speech, or ethical action; and Mind, the context of awakening. Von Bujdoss challenges assumptions about what it means to be a socially engaged Buddhist, and presents Tantra as an ideal vehicle for critically examining today’s most pressing social issues while confronting the structural inequities of patriarchy, sexism, colonialism, and racism within Buddhist institutions.