SOLA SCHOOL of Contemplative Arts

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Radical Dharma with Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams
to Nov 19

Radical Dharma with Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams


Online registration for our Panel Discussion "Holding Each Other's Questions" is now closed. There are spaces available this afternoon first-come-first-serve, $10 cash/check donation at the door. 4PM, Leaven Community—5431 NE 20th Avenue Portland, OR  97211

Online registration for Radical Meditation for POC is now closed. There are a limited number of spaces available tonight first-come-first-serve, $10 cash at the door. 6PM, North Portland Yoga — 55 NE Farragut St.  Portland, OR 97211

There is still room for Friday evening's meditation that is POC ONLY and Sunday's panel discussion which will be at Leaven Community. The weekend workshop is completely sold out. 

We are pleased to partner with Caverly MorganNorth Portland Yoga, and Radical Meditation for People of Color to host Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams for her first teaching visit to Portland!

With special thanks to Water in The Desert who is graciously donating adjacent space for our workshop needs. WATER IN THE DESERT (WITD) is a Portland-based non-profit organization dedicated to offering innovative, multidisciplinary and accessible artistic experiences & residencies along with integrative educational programming. Each of their projects derive from the same value-based philosophy—to cultivate a more assimilated approach to social, ecological, and cultural concerns through artistic practice and embodied engagement.

Friday, November 17th 6-8PM:
Reverend Angel will guest facilitate a special session of Radical Meditation for People of Color (POC only)
At North Portland Yoga - 55 N. Farragut St.

Saturday November 18th 12-6PM & Sunday November 19th 12-3PM:
Radical Dharma Workshop with Reverend Angel (open to all)
At North Portland Yoga - 55 N. Farragut St. 

Sunday November 19th 4-6PM:
A panel discussion centering voices of Portland's leaders, educators and visionaries who, together with Reverend Angel, will share and discuss strategies and ideas surrounding racial equity and social organizing here in Portland. We strongly encourage business owners, administrators, educators and other leaders to attend! (Open to all)
At Leaven Community Center - 5431 NE 20th Avenue Portland, OR  97211

This is a 3-part workshop:

  • Part 1 open to POC only – Friday, Nov 17th 6-8PM – Radical Meditation for People Of Color
  • Part 2 is Saturday 12-6PM AND Sunday 12-3PM – Radical Dharma
  • Part 3 is Sunday 4-6PM – Panel Discussion (DIFFERENT LOCATION, AT LEAVEN COMMUNITY CENTER 5431 - NE 20th Avenue Portland, OR  97211)

This is the cost:

  • Part 1 $10-$25 **
  • Part 2 $100-$250 **
  • Part 3 $10-$25 **
  • Full Weekend $150-$300**
    ** Please pay what you can. If you are able to easily pay for the higher cost, do it. Your funds will go to cover someone else’s scholarship in this workshop or the next one. If you need to take a lower cost, do it. We want you to be here. Our scholarships are given with preference to those whose voices are underrepresented in the Yoga/Meditation/American Buddhist community – this means non-white, queer, people with disabilities (visible and non-visible), and people who cannot typically access these services due to prohibitive cost. In order to ensure our own integrity as a collective that values ethical and inclusive representation we ask scholarship recipients to fill out this form.

If you have questions about registration please contact us.


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Radical Dharma

Radical Dharma is an urgent call to dharma communities to wake from the habitual ways they and their members reproduce and sustain exclusion. Radical Dharma advocates a “new dharma” that deconstructs rather than amplifies systems of suffering, and prepares us to weigh the shortcomings not only of our own minds, but also of our communities. We can only accomplish shifts in awareness through radical honesty, a common ground where we can drop our need for perfection to speak and act from a place of deep vulnerability, and authentic presence. Regardless of how unpleasant this feels or how messy this looks, Radical Dharma emerges out this kind of disarmed honesty, just as a lotus emerges from the mud. The workshop will serve to:

  • create a space where participants can practice radical honesty

  • create a space where historically marginalized voices in American sanghas are centered

  • investigate how “politics of dis-belonging” plays a role in silencing ourselves and others

  • equip participants with tools that can be taken back to their practices communities to continue the work creating radically inclusive and honest communities

This retreat draws from the book Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love & Liberation

About Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams
Called "the most intriguing African-American Buddhist" by Library Journal, Angel Kyodo Williams has been publicly bridging the worlds of spirit and justice since her critically acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. This literary debut was hailed as "an act of love" by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker and "a classic" by Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield. In 2016, Rev. angel published her second book, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation.

One of only three black, woman Zen Senseis (ordained teachers), she applies wisdom teaching to social issues and is a leading voice for Transformative Social Change. In recognition of her work, Rev. angel received the first 'Creating Enlightened Society Award' from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Both fierce and grounded, she is known for her willingness to both sit with and speak uncomfortable truths. angel notes, "Love and Justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters." In writing, teaching or speaking, her unique voice is one of radical truth and acceptance.

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