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Love and Rage: Stories and Tools to Transform Anger with ComNetworkLA & Evolve

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Following up on last year’s conversation Race & Rage, SCG is thrilled to invite you to Love & Rage — a dialogue with activist and Dharma teacher Lama Rod Owens. He is the author of Love & Rage: The Path of Liberation through Anger.

We live in a time when the politics of anger — who gets to be angry, how, when and at whom — infuses every institutional and cultural sphere. During an honest discussion rooted in grace, we will explore with Lama Rod Owens how to radically re-envision, respect, and embody the grief and generational trauma caused by systemic racism. When we honor the power of our personal and collective anger, we transition away from being reactionary to having clarity on how to channel it to heal and be effective changemakers.

Join Lama Rod Owens and SCG’s Phuong Pham to seek the narrative power of anger and begin transforming the nature of rage into a roadmap of liberation!

This event is part of the evolving Conversation Series, where progress-centered conversations meet tomorrow’s leaders. The series is part of evolve, SCG’s suite of programming championing transformational leadership.


Lama Rod Owens

Buddhist Minister, Bestselling Author, Activist, Yoga Instructor

Lama Rod Owens is a Buddhist minister, bestselling author, activist, yoga instructor and authorized Lama, or Buddhist teacher, in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism and is considered one of the leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers.

He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School and was included in the 2021 GOMES STB ’68 Distinguished Alumni Honorees List. He is the co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation. Owens is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice and study community.

Lama Rod has been featured on Good Morning America, the BBC, and Sirius XM Radio’s Urban View. Has also been featured in the Washington Post Magazine and published in Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle and The Harvard Divinity Bulletin. He has offered talks, retreats and workshops in more than seven countries. A book for these times, Love & Rage: The Path to Liberation Through Anger was published in June 2020 and featured in the L.A Times Top Ten Best Sellers list for 2021. Critically acclaimed for its prophetic truth, timing and honesty and wisdom, in dealing with the multiplicity of challenges this generation is waking up to.

Phuong Pham

Vice President, Knowledge and Communications, Southern California Grantmakers

Phuong Pham spearheads content, technology, and communications strategy as part of SCG’s efforts to build communities and advance the philanthropy field. Phuong also leads the development, implementation, and management of online technology for Philanthropy California and serves on the Advisory Group of United Philanthropy Forum’s Drupal-Salesforce technology platform.

Prior to joining SCG, Phuong was Senior Associate, Knowledge and Communications at Mission Investors Exchange, a leading network of foundations engaged in impact investing. She was responsible for the organization’s digital strategies around membership, programs and knowledge management. Previously, as Program Officer at The Vilcek Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of immigrant contributions in the United States, she was in charge of the strategic planning, execution and promotion of the Vilcek Prizes and the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in the Arts and Biomedical Science.

Phuong is an avid home chef and dreams of creating a community space that inspires others to eat well. She believes in the healing power of food and enjoys bringing people together around her dinner table.

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