I have been nervous to write this post because I don’t know how it is going to land. I don’t know if this is the right thing to do but it’s a trial antidote to a state of mind that makes me feel righteous but does not bring me happiness or inner peace.
So, In the interest of finding inner peace and restoring a desire to fulfill a deeper personal purpose, one that goes beyond physically and psychologically dismantling oppressive systems in my everyday, I managed to convince two Buddhists, a monk and a nun, to come and teach meditation classes in a space they are not familiar with, to angry blacks like me and other people who might be having a difficult time of coping with the intellectually fulfilling but emotionally/soul destroying work of chipping away at the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy. I don’t want to stop doing this work but I want to find more effective ways to do it. I want to be sane and happy, free of anger while I do it. Right now I am sticky. The things that upset me stick like glue and it affects the person I truly am. I would like to try to be teflon if it is possible. And this call is for other people who are also just going through their own difficulties.
The nun is a white female and the monk is a black male. This is important to state because we cannot escape the social codes embedded in our bodies and skins no matter how we behave in the world. The monk will be giving the meditation classes and guiding the conversations. They are not interested in converting anybody to Buddhism, they are interested in talking about the mind, what it is and how to attain and retain healthier and happier states of it in the midst of immense and varied adversities. And of course, teaching us the methods and benefits of meditation.
I have been yearning for a healing space after a pretty violent and painful state of decolonization over the last 24 months. With trepidation, I have been planning these classes with Joburg born Monk Kelsang Sangkyong and Gen Mila from the Vajrapani Buddhist Centre for 5 months.
With the help of the guys at Keleketla! Library, as part of our collective efforts to provide healing spaces for ourselves and our communities, they are providing the space for Kelsang Sangkyong to give meditation classes to anybody who wants to some.
The first one is this Saturday 10 October from 09.00 – 11.00 at Keleketla. The class is free but donations of any amount are welcome. If you are interested in coming to learn, to engage for whatever reason, the doors are open to you. If you would like to RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will see how this one goes and commit to a second class in due time.
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