For the third year in a row, IMCC welcomes Dharma Teacher and exceptional group facilitator Ruth King, who will lead the weekend workshop "Mindful of Race." Ruth's wise guidance, infused with compassion and humor, offers us new and powerful ways to heal ourselves, our groups, and our institutions.
Racism--fed through unawareness and a misuse of power--remains one of the most rooted and painful impasses of our time and our history here in Charlottesville as in other communities. To understand the dynamics of racism, and the flesh we put on its bones, is to understand other forms of oppression and our relationship to differences, divisions, and diversity. As citizens and leaders, we have the power to influence our communities through our awareness and actions.
This exploration requires courage and compassion, and an intention to be more whole than hidden. In our time together, we will explore the Relative reality of racism from three levels of experience: individual, group, and institution, and the system of oppression in our mind that is reflected in the world. Through periods of sitting meditation, respectful dialogue, and ceremony, we will recognize the ways in which our racial history has shaped our perception of others and ourselves, and how our views impact our relationships and well-being.
IMCC champions the ongoing inquiry into the experience of "separation" and the creation of "the other." By grounding our personal practice in the Buddha Dharma, we can investigate the causes and conditions within ourselves and society that perpetuate the suffering of separation. We can also explore together, in community, that which opens our hearts and minds to our true nature and interconnection of all life.
Friday, August 21, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Saturday, August 22, 9am-5pm
Sunday, August 23, 9am-5pm
Contact: Allie Rudolph at firstname.lastname@example.org
IMCC aspires to be an inclusive and accessible community. We welcome participation from anyone, including those who may be new to meditation. If you are coming from out of town, we are happy to provide suggestions for accommodations. A limited number of partial scholarships are available; contact Allie Rudolph at email@example.com to apply.