Tuesday October 11th 7:oo PM- 8:15 PM
Many who write on divisions in cultures, and between cultures, will often mention “othering” as a source of divisiveness, whether about race, gender, sexual preference, religion, or any other identifying group marker. Divisiveness when inflamed can become hate, harmful behavior, and ultimately serious violence or war. Of course, when others are understood in their full humanity, this paves a way for respect, spaciousness, and heartfelt connection in our relationships.
There are teachings in the Buddhist meditative tradition that encourage us to consider others in a light that tends to ameliorate and soften the sense of alienating “othering,” and encourage a space of empathic/appreciative connection.
Lamas Rigzin Drolma/Anne Klein, and Namgyal Dorje/Harvey Aronson, will offer some contemplative guidance on lessening distance from others and enhancing a sense of connection. They will have some senior students respond to their teachings with observations and/or questions and then open the floor to those in the audience.