The Dharma of being Anti-Racist: Accessing Skillful Engagement
ONLINE: 17-weeks Class
TUESDAYS: January 26 – May 18, 2021 6 -8 pm PT
Would you like to have skillful ways to be in the midst of these critical times?
If so, the teachings of the 8-Fold Path directly shows us how we can use our wisdom & heart-mind training to support our behaviors with these qualities:
- Skillful Understanding / View
- Skillful Thought / Motivation
Enacted through Heart-Mind trainings/meditations & practices in:
- Skillful Effort
- Skillful Mindfulness
- Skillful Concentration
To foster behaviors of:
- Skillful Speech
- Skillful Action
- Skillful Livelihood
These 8 aspects are taught as ways to live an intentional life of non-harming. Each week you’ll be presented with traditional & social justice-oriented contemporary frames to understand & apply these aspects in real & every day ways. You’ll be able to learn & practice how they make sense for you in your life now & not just as theories & concepts.
Inquiring into, understanding, and responding to the causes & conditions that have brought about our collective suffering of racism, this course will offer a variety of instructional/guided meditations, reflective writings, and mindfulness practices along with interactive exercises to support grounding, settledness, & wise action. Connecting to how you have agency/power (in yourself & with your communities) in the midst of racial conditioning is the best “medicine” for these times. We’ll practice skills for staying in discomfort & resilience through cultivating an open-hearted intimacy with suffering, invoking anti-racism to have impact in the world.
Class format will alternate between class session of teachings & home practice assignment with small group session to discuss what came up for you in the home practice that week (small groups will be formed as BIPOC-only and white-identified-only to foster brave-space intimacy).
To apply, please submit information at Access to Zen’s website: