8: #8 – Mindful of Race

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Racism remains one of the most rooted and painful impasses of our time. It is fed through unawareness and the misuse of power. Embedded in racism is the skeletal shape of all oppressions. To understand the dynamics of racism and the flesh we put on its bones is to also understand other forms of oppression and our relationship to differences, divisions, and diversity.

Too many of us want racial suffering to go away without first being touched by it or caring for it. Yet recognizing how we have been conditioned to think and react is at the heart of both racial distress and racial healing.

In this introductory talk, we discover how our inner life is reflected in the world through the Buddha’s teachings on Ultimate and Relative Reality and Distortion of Mind, and the three truths we must remember but often forget.

Ruth King Bio:

Ruth King is an international teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition, and an emotional wisdom author and life coach. She is on the Teacher’s Council at Insight Meditation Community of Washington and Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and is the founder of Mindful Members Insight Meditation Community in Charlotte, NC.

In former years, King managed leadership training and organizational development divisions at Levi Strauss and Intel corporations, specializing in culture change initiatives, including the behavioral implications of mergers and acquisitions.

A world traveler, King’s work has been influenced by many cultures. She has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, CA, and is the author of several publications including Healing Rage: Women Making Inner Peace Possible and Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism From The Inside Out.

Currently recognized as a heart activist, trainer of trainers, and consultant to consultants, King teaches the Mindful of Race Training program, which blends mindfulness principles and meditation with an exploration of our racial conditioning, its impact, and our potential. Website: https://www.RuthKing.net