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Exploring Cultural Bias
About the Event
From Rev. Seiho’s curriculum for this retreat:
“Hate speech, cultural bias, racism, and otherism are the accelerants for the explosion of violence that is affecting every single marginalized group in America, like the images we’ve seen of a nuclear bomb blast, a mushroom cloud moving in all directions and engulfing everything in its path.
“Functionally we have two choices. We have to take positive action, or go into inaction. It is not enough simply to ‘Bear Witness.’ If we do not act, the forces of cultural bias, racism, and otherism will feed that cloud of hate and violence that is its own form of radiation, and will ultimately end one’s life.
“Walt Whitman wrote: ‘…You are here – life exists and identity … the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.’ This is my verse and my contribution, based on my 31 years of long-term recovery from addiction, beginning when I was a teenager. Having grown up in Twelve Step Fellowships, using the Twelve Step Model originated by Alcoholics Anonymous, what I’ve noticed and found so elegant over the years is that, no matter in what direction you point the flashlight of these Twelve Steps, however they’re modified, they shine brightly, lighting a path out of a place of personal and collective suffering, violence, and sadness.”
During this three-day immersion program, Rev. Seiho will guide participants through a Twelve Step Awareness and Awakening Process framework. This is an opportunity to explore and work with Cultural Bias, Racism, and Otherism, as we learn as a society to meet the unfinished work of the past. Participants will receive a copy of a 20-page instruction and practice guide developed by Rev. Seiho.
Rev. Seiho Mudo Morris is an ordained Rinzai Zen Buddhist monk, having trained and practiced in the Zen tradition for nearly three decades, as well as receiving formal training and empowerments in Tibetan Nyingma and Sakya lineages in various teachings and practices, over the past three years.
Seiho has been providing workshops and immersion practices related to cultural/racial bias, racism and otherism, harmonizing the Four Noble Truths, Eightfold Path and a specifically revised expression Twelve Step principles; in an effort to help support and advance a path of change related to racism.
Seiho has been providing workshops and immersion practices related to cultural/racial bias, racism and otherism, harmonizing the Four Noble Truths, Eightfold Path and a specifically revised expression of Twelve Step principles in an effort to help support and advance a path of change related to racism. He has conducted programs at Sundiatia Festival in Seattle, Washington; Nalanda West; The Gathering II: Buddhist Teachers Black-African Descent 2019; Choboji Dai Bai Zan; True Freedom Yoga; and most recently at Boundless Heart Sangha.
He has been in long-term recovery for the last 33 years, and is a former addictions counselor, program director and facility administrator. He is currently on the administrative team of a behavioral health facility in the State of Maryland. He regularly offers 3- and 5-day Zen and Twelve Step immersion practices.
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