Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation through Anger

North Atlantic. Jun. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781623174095. pap. $17.95. REL
The latest from Owens (Radical Dharma) is an insightful personal narrative steeped in Buddhist wisdom on how he disentangled from rage, specifically, rage created from being a marginalized body living in the United States today. Lama (meaning “teacher”) Owens, trained in the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, writes accessibly on basic Buddhist philosophy to establish a framework for meditative practices. Interspersed throughout are stories of the author’s own experiences with racial profiling, social injustice, and the construct of fear that white society has created around a Black man’s rage. His reflections allow readers to understand how engaging with emotion can begin to reveal one’s lack of embodiment and help locate emotions, such as anger, that often accumulate from years of oppression. Owens shares how one can create space for healing through a meditation practice that allows for acceptance of emotional wounds as well as acknowledging ancestral wounds. Owens’s Buddhist perspective is cultivated through the lens of a queer, Black man who continues to create space for those who feel unaccepted in current society.
VERDICT Highly recommended for Eastern philosophy/Buddhism collections; a wonderful resource for social justice advocates.
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