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Practising an inclusive dharma with Lama Rod Owens with a panel of local practitioners

This event is organised by London Insight with Gaia House.  Click here to see panellists bios and photos.

Westerners are experiencing unprecedented access to dharma teachings, yet many still find it difficult to participate in dharma communities. The world is plagued by systems of power where some people are privileged while others are dis-privileged, based on some aspect of how they are perceived by others. This results in exclusive, not inclusive communities.

The aim of Buddhist communities should be inclusivity, meaning that all people who wish to practise dharma can be in community with other practitioners. Accessibility means communities working to remove obstacles that prevent practitioners from being in community.

We must turn our attention to making our communities more welcoming. We must develop the vulnerability and courage to talk about the things that prevent true inclusivity. This panel features dharma practitioners sharing their experiences about the obstacles they encounter in Buddhist communities because of their race, gender expression, ability, and class. The goal of this panel is to start a conversation about how to make our communities more welcoming while addressing the issues that exclude those of us needing to practise in community.  Click here to read the full event description


Events at London Insight are offered in a spirit of generosity. The price you pay goes towards the running of the event but does not include any payment to the teacher/panellists. Instead they rely on the generosity of participants for their livelihood. Lama Rod will be sharing any dana received with the panel. Click here for more information about Dana.


Standard: £20.00 – This covers our costs but not the cost of providing supported places
Sponsor: £30.00 – A voluntary higher rate enabling us to offer supported rate places
Supported: £15.00 – For those unable to afford the standard rate

Please pay the sponsor rate if you can.

If our supported rate is too high please let us know. We try to ensure that no one is turned away because of lack of funds.

SEATING: The venue will set up with chairs.  If you prefer to sit on the floor bring what you need but bear in mind the teacher and panellists will be sitting on chairs.

HEARING: A hearing loop will be available at this event, please let us know if you require it so we can notify the venue.  Also, please feel free to take a seat at the front of the room.

REGISTRATION: will open at 6.30pm; the discussion will begin at 7.00pm

ACCESSIBILITY: All our venues are accessible to wheelchair users and have accessible toilets.  If you need additional assistance to make use of these, including specially adapted facilities, please notify us in advance and we will endeavour to make the necessary arrangements. If you’re only able to attend an event with the assistance of a carer, we would be pleased to allow one to accompany you free of charge. Please notify us in advance so we can reserve a place for them.




23 April 2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
£15 – £30
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Friends House (Euston)
173-177 Euston Rd,
London, NW1 2BJUnited Kingdom