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The Dharma of Collective Resiliency

Lama Rod Owens
Meditation teacher, coauthor of Radical Dharma

The world is unsteady and seemingly chaotic, and it’s hard to maintain our physical and emotional balance. Resiliency, a critical skill right now, helps us meet the challenges of our lives with a sense of openness and curiosity, which in turn helps us to regain our balance. One of the methods we use to sustain our resiliency is mourning—tapping into our sadness and hopelessness in order to offer the space to simply be within our experience. Explore resilience, balance, and mourning on the path to healing in this powerful session.

Session Highlights:

  • How mourning helps us unearth heavy and sometimes hidden energy
  • The importance of cultivating collective resilience
  • Balance—understand how remaining grounded helps us meet challenges directly
  • How we can increase and sustain resiliency, balance, and healing together
Lama Rod Owens

Lama Rod Owens

Lama Rod Owens is an author, activist, and authorized lama (Buddhist teacher) in the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, and he is considered one of the leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers. He holds a master of divinity degree in Buddhist studies from Harvard Divinity School, and he is a coauthor of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. Owens is the cofounder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice and study community; has been published and featured in Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, and Harvard Divinity Bulletin; and has offered talks, retreats, and workshops in more than seven countries. Owens facilitates undoing patriarchy workshops for male-identified practitioners in Brooklyn and Boston. His most recent book is Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation through Anger.

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A Traumatized Species: Pathology or Healing Crisis?

Pat McCabe, Woman Stands Shining
Diné (Navajo) grandmother, activist, artist, writer

What can we learn about being human from an indigenous worldview, and how might this change our relationship with healing? Thich Nhat Hanh calls us “interbeings,” Pat McCabe teaches, which is a very indigenous principle. It implies that our relationships with ourselves, with each other, and with the larger-than-human community—both in Nature and in the Spiritual Realm—are critical to harmony and health for all. Unfortunately, our modern world paradigm—its economics, institutions, and patterns—makes relationships and relating tangential at best and impossible at worst. But what if humanity were “plugged into” an entirely different paradigm? What would become possible?

Session Highlights:

  • How indigenous peoples’ paradigms express humanity in ways that are radically different from the modern world’s paradigm
  • The modern paradigm as only one choice among many possibilities
  • Our innate design for a thriving life—and how this is inhibited by the modern world paradigm
  • Meeting the Woman of the Rainbow Waterfall—a practice for receiving unconditional love and healing
Pat McCabe, Woman Stands Shining

Pat McCabe

Pat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining) is a Diné (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader, and international speaker. She is a voice for global peace, and her paintings are created as tools for individual, earth, and global healing. She draws upon the indigenous sciences of Thriving Life to reframe questions about sustainability and balance, and she is devoted to supporting the next generations, Women’s Nation, and Men’s Nation in being functional members of the “Hoop of Life” and upholding the honor of being human.

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  • Kathie says:

    Dear Woman Stands Shinning, you brought my heart to tears with your loving meditation. I like many people, often feel stuck in the race of life and have my best time going into my job. I rejoice in nature and calm in my life. I would feel challenged to reach the edge ,as you said in your 4 day full fast. However I would love to experience the enlightenment. Much appreciated Pat

  • Pono says:

    thank you sooo much Pat – my heart was singing listening to your words! the indigenous ways of life & living can support us in so many ways and it’s time for that. and thanks to the organizer for having her talk to us. keep on enJOYing life – aho!

  • Wendy says:

    I love the idea here of healing us as part of healing the collective in an indirect way

  • Michelle says:

    I may feel like a fool with this tear flecked tissue and I hope for the courage to offer to the blessed earth……much love and gratitude …Pat McCabe was extraordinary.

  • Prili says:

    If I ever want to hire life coach, I’d hire Lama and Pat! So much wisdom from these talks needed for the world right now!

  • Kathryn says:

    I’m truly sad this ending soon and I really wish this stuff was available in Canada. Each and every person here has spoke to me in some very powerful, meaningful, beautiful way. Thank you Sounds True for offering this. I have taken a ton of notes and written down all the resources and tools and amazing meditations offered here and will utilize them for a life time. I will definitely be purchasing some books from some of the guests here and will seek out more from the ones that touched me most. Forever grateful for whatever led me to this. I need it and I will be sharing with all those I know will benefit from the offerings here. Thank you SatNam Namaste

  • Christopher wlaschin says:

    My tears inside come out and enrich the earth as it has enriched me. There is nothing to do. That came to me just now. My entire being is moved and I hear truth from the elders. Thank you

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  • Lois MALLOY says:

    COVID-19 and Racial inequality brings more awareness for our residents in the USA today. Sincere thanks and much appreciation and thanks to all speakers. Learning excellent skills to help me, my family, friends and clients will enhance my professional and private well being. Trauma and Addiction, Shame and Yoga/Psychology was very provocative and awesome presentations. Please share your upcoming events and I plan to attend online until further health environments improve today. Thank you.

    Kindest Respectful Regards,

  • Rusita Avila says:

    Pat McCabe was wonderful. I like that she is from NM like me. Thank you for sharing your spiritual tradition with us.

  • Jennifer says:

    Thank you so very much for this summit! I’m learning so much.

  • Söpa Shartso says:

    Warmly whole heartily THANK-YOU to both Lama Owens and Pat for your unconditional love you shared here today on this summit, I cannot find enough words to express my deep gratitude for both of you for your daily practices you engage upon within yourselves and with others and holding space for the bigger view. Thank-you to both of you for your meditation you guided, taking refuge in EARTH (Lama Owens) and RAINBOW WATERFALL (Pat) through both meditations unconditional love for bringing BALANCE and TRUST returning to WHOLENESS , THANK-YOU for this, Life is Ceremony, Thank-you for this experience today and I vow to these practices of love and I take them with me into my daily spiritual practices and trust falling against that mystery door and when the door swings open 😉 NAMASTé
    Sounds True THANK-YOU warmly for ALL and bringing both wisdoms from Lama Owen and Pat together today here.
    DEEP BOW OF APPRECIATION and DEDICATION OF MERIT to the benefit of all beings.

  • Lou Anne says:

    Thank you for today’s presentationI really enjoyed it.

  • Elsa says:

    Thank you thank you! Such a gift, your words, the journey and this: “we are going to give our consent only to the law of the heart of the authority of Mother Earth”. Beyond grateful!

  • Karan says:

    I wanted to leave a comment this time, for the first time, to say that I so appreciated so many of the talks I heard, including Lama Rod Owens just now. I found scrolling to the bottom of these comments quite sad. Why to we have to hammer each other with our experiences and beliefs? Rhetorical question, just want to say thank you to Lama Rod Owens and the others I’ve heard, and to Sounds True.

  • Ayca says:

    Thank you Pat, you filled me with joy.
    And Sound true team, for these diverse and insightful lenses to heal our traumas. Each day i feel more close to tailor my own way of healing out of the abundance that has been shared. very much appreciated.

  • Chandana says:

    Many thanks for the Sound True team for bringing these diverse perspectives to the topic of trauma. We get to see the integrative views of science, spirituality, consciousness, nature and trauma.

  • Harriett Salinger says:

    a true blessing from :Pat Mccabe …i have been refilled and tidied up inside…… the mystery door is ajar harriett

  • Katie says:

    Wow, what an amazing eagle view of the situation from Pat – so eye-opening!

  • Katherine says:

    Thank-you Pat McCabe. I needed to hear and experience what you shared. Much resonated. Well said. The visualizaton was powerful. I will go to the waterfall again.

  • Denyse says:

    Pat McCabe, thank you for your presentation. Your joy matters, embrace the confusion, the transformative meditation and so many other messages. Just Wow and thank you.

  • Sheema says:

    Lama Rod Owens brought great authenticity and depth to his explanations and practice. I found it profoundly restorative. 🙏🏽

  • Ellie says:

    I love everything that has been expressed by the most profound human beings waking this earth. Thank you Sounds True

  • Muiriosa says:

    So beautiful. A positive, giving day today…full of messages of hope and comfort. Thank you

  • Kimberly Davies says:

    I have found everyday to be transformational download of wisdom. Thank you for sharing these teachers and wisdom keepers for us all. So grateful. “What is it that makes you want your life, go for it!” Pat McCabe, thank you for highlighted that we should have joy and want it for all peoples.

  • MC says:

    Rob Owens: “Accepting means I tell myself the truth in the moment…. it’s about experiencing it within the space I’m able to offer.”

    “Mourning is the work of allowing my brokenheartedness to rise in my experience, that’s the heart of resiliency, allowing the broken heart to move through my experience…. I set aside time in my practice to mourn, to regulate and manage the energy of grief – I create a container to hold me.”

    From one mourning soul to another: thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • Lena L says:

    Thank you Pat McCabe, Woman Stands Shining for your beautiful heartfelt message. I am in this place with you right now, struggling to find how I fit into this world as my previous career path no longer seems fitting. I loved your meditation, it brought tears when I received unconditional love. Such a beautiful gift.

  • Ilona says:

    What a true fact that in our time we have lost our joints and have lost our true inner strength and let ourselves be blinded by others who stir up the conflict more and weaken the physical condition. We humans did not come to earth to exploit one another, but to recognize our personal talent and fill it with zest for life. Share and maintain harmony and balance between all life forms on our earth. many thanks
    Pat McCabe and Lama Rod Owens for your warm wisdom.

  • Melissa says:

    Very wonderful discussions! Thank you

  • B says:

    Listening to Lama Owens was so inspiring. Meditation finally made sense to my 70 year old body. Conferring with my body about which position would work best for it. Releasing into the earth I was grounded to. The awareness that I might be overwhelmed what I was holding space for and idea of being compassionate without holding onto something. These were all great concepts. He was very respectful of gender issues. I would love to hear something about intersectionality of race and Ableism.

  • Louise says:

    Thank you Pat. You make me shine💫

  • Genét Bosqué says:

    The Paradigm of Thriving Life. Rainbow Waterfall Unconditional Love. The Sacred Hoop. The End of Resource / Being Lifted Up sacred ceremony. “Your joy m a t t e r s!” (I too work with at-risk teens in trauma)…..
    Woman Stands Shining, if I knew the Diné words for “Thank you from my deepest heart,” I would say them to you now. Namasté.

  • Cynthia Echeverria says:

    Great agenda!

  • Carol Carr says:

    Hi – I liv.e in Scotland and I’ve been trying to “upgrade” and take up your kind offer to buy all this wonderful course’s talks for a few days now, but I can’t seem to make a payment. Please can you help me sort this out since I’m very keen indeed to have these wonderful talks on hand? This is a marvellous contribution to the world. Thank you

  • Lynda says:

    Thank you to Dr. Rutstein, Sounds True, and all the wonderful speakers. We are so grateful for this much-needed presentation. Many people in our society are tuned out. We search but can’t find what we need, so we just keep searching in all the wrong places for happiness and fulfillment. This series of lectures offers us a new and better way to find our way to happiness and contentment. Thank you.

  • Pauline says:

    `Thank you for today’s presentation.I really enjoyed Rod Owens meditation & Pat’s wonderful stroll to the waterfall truly amazing experience

  • Yvonne says:

    Thank you Woman Stands Shining for your beautiful words of wisdom and compassion. It was an honor to listen to you speak about trauma, Mother Earth and Joy. You brought tears and joy on my journey.
    Thank you Lama Rod Owens for sharing your journey and for helping us open our heart and to understand trauma and oppression.

  • sonia sanchez says:

    This Trauma summit has been great alot of learning.
    Can’t wait until tomorrow!

  • Amy says:

    For Pat McCabe, Woman Stands Shining, I love your words. They resonate within me. How I wish I could receive these teachings from you directly. The Corona Virus fear and the childhood trauma, have come together in me. I am triggered constantly now and feel as if I have gotten to the end of anything and everything that I ever thought mattered. I think I am in that place you spoke about, where you have nothing left. Please will you show me how to go past this and live life in the original and true way?

  • Amy says:

    Let’s change the paradigm!! Let’s thrive. Thank you Pat McCabe for your wisdom. I will be dreaming with you for this shift. I also appreciate deeply Lama Rod’s invitation about mourning. We need to mourn so much. Our tears are as important as our laughter. Let it express and move and be heard and held. Our Mother Earth is right there waiting for our expression. I’m so thankful for both presentations today. Aum.

  • orsi varga says:

    Thanks Pat Mcabe. This simply touching my life,never heard before to give back my tears to our Earth. Your culture thankfool.

  • stephanie mathivet says:

    such a shame this week has been marred by the racists coming out of the woodwork. The attacks on Rod are unjustifiable.

    • Stuart says:

      Such a shame this week has been marred for you by your judgement of others peoples views.
      Coming from a mixed race family, I see no comments that suggest anyone is racist, or can be interpreted as being attacks.
      There is always value in dialogue..

    • Guest Human says:

      Indeed! Because the Lie must be defended , even by the EnlightenedOnes.

  • Lauren says:

    I loved Par’s presentation.
    Helpful that paradigms are a collective choice. Purpose is joy.

  • George Carenzo says:

    “Radical Dharma, collective resiliency, cycles of reactivity, trans-historical trauma, inherited trans-historical resiliency”

    I believe this is the problem with trying to understand the nature of trauma. The more you use concepts like those mention above, the more you lose those who ARE traumatized, trying to understand their distress.
    By contrast, read what Dr. Alice Miller has to say about trauma

    “The truth about our childhood is stored up in our bodies and lives in the depths of our souls. Our intellect can be deceived, our feelings can be numbed and manipulated, our perceptions shamed and confused, our bodies tricked with medication, but our soul never forgets. And because we are one, one whole soul in one body, someday our body will present its bill. The wounded and lost child is only in hiding; the soul is still whole in spirit. Ultimately, our deepest self will accept no compromise or excuses, and will not stop tormenting or contaminating us until we stop evading the truth”

    From her book “Thou shall not be aware: Society’s betrayal of the child

    Dr. Miller makes trauma understood -psychologically- and in a very simple way without undermining the serious nature of trauma. She tells us that it runs deep in us and that we must make very serious efforts to address it with the attention it deserves. It upsets me to no end to hear many spiritual teachers use all manner of concepts and ideas to talk ad nauseaum ABOUT trauma all the while those listening just nod their heads in agreement without really understanding just how serious trauma really is. But how can you if you are using complex words that should not be used?

    And with all due respect to Lama Rod Owens, why do you say that, because you are descendant of slaves your trauma is somehow exceptional to African Americans? Trauma is trauma! It does not matter who we are in terms of race, age, gender, or sexual orientation. We all experience trauma the same way albeit in different degrees. To say your trauma is unique to African Americans is to separate yourself from the rest of humanity. True, the maltreatment of African Americans were crimes against humanity but when it comes to trauma, we need to let go of race identity. This overvaluation of being Black, White, Latino, Asian -or what have you- diminishes us all in terms of that which we all share without question: being human. The more we take pride in our race, the more we undermine that which we are trying to achieve around the world: PEACE!

    • Liz says:

      Thank you Lama Rod for your very important presentation. You speak to emotional labor that needs attention and work for us to find internal peace and hopefully this will enable us to be more effective in our relationships and in our work.
      Jeffrey, thank you for your thoughtful questions which further the process of understanding how we do the emotional work and conduct our practice. How to find people who have the space to help contain our trauma is not easy, and trauma work itself is difficult but necessary.
      Responding to George Carenzo’s comments, I value what Alice Miller says about trauma, especially relational trauma. However, I don’t completely agree with the idea that trauma is trauma, and it’s all the sameb I think the overvaluation of race and differences can be a symptom of trauma but I think devaluation and denial of race and ones unique experience of trauma can also be a symptom of trauma.
      That said, I do believe that if we can recognize the similarities between people who have been traumatized, , perhaps we can find our common humanity, suffering, compassion and empathy.
      Thank you all for your contributions!

    • Marc says:

      Peace to you, but your words strike me as hurtful, because I disagree that all trauma is the same. For instance, trauma from a mugging that never happens again is wholly different than trauma related to racial discrimination that occurs again and again because it is a built-in part of the university you attend, the workplace where you make your living and the police force that oppresses instead of serves and protects you. Trauma of the past is treated wholly differently than trauma that is daily and society-pervasive and aimed at you for a reason you cannot do anything about – your skin color.
      Lama Rod did not suggest to me Black trauma was “exceptional”, only unique, which it is.. I also disagree that taking pride in part of what one is – one’s racial identity – is a part of trauma healing, not a hindrance to it. Peace to you, but your words strike me as hurtful.

      • Marc says:

        Sorry about the error previously – I meant to say that one’s racial identity is a part of one’s very self and honoring it must be a part of trauma healing (especially for those who suffer racism and its cousin, internalized racism). To say that honoring this part of ourselves is a hindrance to healing and needs to be let go of is powerfully hurtful and demeaning of those who have traveled a long road to take pride in something of themselves others have attacked and diminished.

    • Prili says:

      George, if you say trauma is trauma, you are saying that what Black people experience (enslavement, racism, economic discrimination, etc. etc.) are not valid.

  • Kristin says:

    Thank you Woman Stands Shining for your wonderful words of wisdom – they deeply resonate with me!

  • Sarit Leibovitz says:

    Dear Mr. Owens,
    You talk at the begging of your talk that when the Gaza Strip was bombed you felt like you were bombed . I wanted to ask you if you also felt like you and your family are being attacked by hundreds of rockets almost daily and Your baby being slaughter in the middle of the night while sleeping by terrorist from the Gaza Strip as is happening all the time in Israel did you feel that same feeling of you yourself being a target of violence?

    • Monika says:

      Why do the let him use this plattform for this propaganda against Israel.

      Can somebody stop him??

    • sarit_leibovitz@hotmail.com says:

      So yesterday a terrorist from Gaza entered Israel to work, as they are welcome to take part of the economy because we wish peace! and this terrorist killed with a knife a young father of four little children when the father came off the bus in a city in the middle of Israel. The terrorist murdered an innocent civilian. Made four little kids orphans How does it feel when you hear that?
      It is very sad , you know why , because the people in Gaza are really suffering but those terrorists are hiding in the middle of their own people risking them. Violence is never the answer!

  • saskia says:

    loved Lama Rod’s messages!!! Collective Resiliency,!! space for brokenheartedness and mourning.!! … About ten years ago I participated in a workshop that touched me most ever . It was a three day Grief Ritual with Sobonfu Somé a renowned African spiritual teacher from Dagara in Burkina Faso, West Africa. I hope you – Rod- reads this , I think you will love this .

  • Mari says:

    I was hungry for this teachings from McCabe. More now than ever we all need a sense of community, a sense of belonging. I want to be part of it.

  • Judy says:

    Thank you, Rod Owens for this practice. I am learning so much from all of the presenters so far. Thank you all for sharing such great information and perspectives! May you all be happy.

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    This is a wonderful gift from Pat McCabe , and Sounds True, I’m very grateful. Dan Siegal’s presentation, which introduced me to PEPP MWE UP talks also what I’ve been looking for, and need to sustain me and MWE at this time. Thanks so much.



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