With the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement, our attention is being drawn to the damaging effects of systematic racism on the bodies and minds of people of color, particularly black people. Racial trauma is becoming embedded in the national conversation concerning the lasting effects of trauma both mentally and physical as well as on the genetic level. However, racial trauma is not limited to brown and black bodies, but any body that has undergone the process of racialization, including white bodies. In this discussion, we will explore the reality of physical, emotional, and psychological trauma steaming from the construction of race and the harmful behaviors we have adopted to perpetuate this trauma.
Led by Lama Rod Owens, author, activist, and formally authorized Buddhist teacher in the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Lama Rod has also been a guest faculty member at the Harvard School of Education’s program Mindfulness for Educators.
This session is part of a Monthly Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series sponsored by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, Center for Mindfulness and Compassion of Cambridge Health Alliance, and David S. Rosenthal Center for Wellness and Health Promotion, Harvard University Health Services.