Distinguished Lenz Lecturer
MA in Resilient Leadership - Instructor
Master of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School
Distinguished Lenz Lecturer 2018
- Lama Rod Owens is an author, activist, and authorized Lama (Buddhist Teacher) in
the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Rod is the Guiding Teacher for the Radical
Dharma Boston Collective, a teacher with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme),
a visiting teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship and the Brooklyn Zen Center.
Lama Rod is a faculty member for the iBme’s Teacher Training program and is also a
faculty member for the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s professional education
program in mindfulness for educators and has served as a guest faculty member for
the school’s course Mindfulness for Educators. He holds a Master of Divinity degree
in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School where he focused on the intersection
of social change, identity, and spiritual practice and was a recipient of the prestigious
Hopkins Shareholder Award honoring his work in ministry. He is a co-author of Radical
Dharma, Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, which explores race in the context of
American Buddhist communities.
Lama Rod is a founding teacher for the Awaken meditation app that offers meditations
and contemplations focused on social change. 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 journalist and publisher Karen Hunter. He has offered
talks, retreats, and workshops for many organizations and universities including New
York University, Yale University, Harvard University, Harvard Law School, Columbia
Law School, Tufts University, University of Vermont, and Boston College.
Lama Rod facilitates undoing patriarchy workshops for male identified practitioners
in Brooklyn and Boston and his current writing projects include patriarchy in spiritual
communities, sexuality and ethics, and fatness and spirituality.