Facing Failure: Growing Up To Wake Up In The Dharma

with Rev. angel Kyodo williams

October 25th

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    Room: Off Site Location
    Program Registration is Closed.

    NEW LOCATION: First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut Street (enter around the corner on Van Pelt St.)  If you try to register and receive the message that this workshop is at capacity, please write to [email protected] to have your name placed on the waiting list.

    Most often, the point at which we truly come to the dharma is when we’ve had the realization that life is full of failures. People and situations have failed us. We see that we are a failure to others. Maybe we have even failed ourselves. We find relief in the realization that there is nothing to rely on except the Dharma.

    Nothing, then, is quite as devastating as believing the dharma has failed you. Translated as "law" and "truth," Dharma carries the power and potential of giving us instructions we need and answers to questions of life we hold.

    Having come to the dharma like a child, putting all defenses down to receive truth greater than we’ve ever known, we are left shocked, enraged, confused and in grief. This is where the practice of growing up in the dharma finally, gratefully, begins.

    Whether teachers or traditions, lawmakers or lovers, wherever we place our faith, we will be failed. Being buddhist not required. If ever you have failed or been failed, you are welcome to join Rev. angel Kyodo williams for this poignant and potent discussion on how we recognize the opportunity of failure to take responsibility for our selves, for love and liberation, once and for all.

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    In advance of leading the Radical Dharma Circle program on October 26 & 27,  Rev. angel Kyodo williams offers this Dharma Talk, open to all. Admission is by "dana offering"--a teacher's gift in an amount that is workable for you while fully reflecting your appreciation for the teaching. Cash and checks (made to "Transformative Change") accepted.

    Rev. angel Kyodo Williams is a writer, activist, ordained Zen priest and the author of Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace,  and the co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation.