3. The Great Demons: Systemic Trauma & Social Action

Based in our recent exploration of the Diamond Sūtra and the ideal of the Bodhisattva, we begin a series of discussions of what I’ll call the Great Demons, the systemic ills we struggle with and which so clearly are conditions for global suffering right now.

We’ll work with three core models for understanding systemic ill, all of which I’ll explain in detail in the talks:

  1. The 5 Circles model of identity and interdependence
  2. The Trauma-Privilege Spectrum
  3. The 3 Poisons (attachment/lust, aversion/hatred, delusion/dissociation)

As we go on, we’ll assemble an approach to embodied inquiry around the Demons that we can bring into individual contemplative practice as well as use as part of analyses focused on the systemic level.

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