The Power to Help, Not Harm
with Tenku Ruff
October 8, 2020
How we understand and use power affects every aspect of our lives. This interactive workshop introduces some of the core principles of The Right Use of Power, developed by Cedar Barstow. We will learn pragmatic and meaningful ways to apply these principles in our daily lives, such as the deep relief and nourishment that comes when finally making an apology, and looking within some of the power dynamics at work in the conflict between Black Lives Matter protesters, police, and the Proud Boys movement. We’ll explore how power is related to gender, race, privilege and hierarchy. And we’ll learn how to ask for, give, and receive a quality of feedback that allows the Sangha jewel to shine at its brightest.
Power is not a fixed concept but a complex dance. Once we learn the basics of the dance, we can move more freely though the world, aware of our own constantly changing role. This awareness brings us in touch with things as they actually are and allows us to let go of our distorted views. Most of all, it brings us in line with our wish not to cause harm and to be of benefit to all beings.
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Your registration confirmation will include a link to the Zoom session.
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Tenku Ruff, Osho is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest in the lineage of Sogaku Harada, with monastic training in Japan and North America. She recently stepped down as President of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association (SZBA) after six years of board service, three of which she served as President. Tenku holds a Master of Divinity degree from Maitripa College, is a Board Certified Chaplain, and has strong interests in ethics, inter-Buddhist/interfaith dialogue, and in ways people can support each other and grow through challenges in life. Tenku is Director of Chaplaincy Care at Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, NY, and the head priest of Beacon Zen Temple in Beacon, New York.
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