Power, Privilege & Difference: How Buddhist practice is the work of social restoration

with Kaitlyn Hatch

April 6th

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    Registration for this program will close on April 3rd

    Shakyamuni Buddha set out on the path of enlightenment as a way to understand and address all suffering equally for the sake of our collective liberation. His challenge to the Caste system of India is an example of social restoration—he disregarded human-made ideas of value to see that our worthiness is inherent and not defined by our embodiment or social status. Kaitlyn Hatch uses this model to offer explicit guidance on how Buddhist practices enable us to address social inequalities in our modern world.

    During the three hour class we will explore the move from 'I am suffering' to 'there is suffering' through the practice of arousing bodhichitta (awakened heart/mind). We will examining what Zenju Earthlyn Manuel calls 'the multiplicity of oneness', and how to cut through dualistic thinking and ego-clinging that traps us in our ignorance and perpetuates oppressive systems. This class is an exploration of the process of creating an enlightened society.

    This training has been co-developed by Kaitlyn Hatch and John Tsungme Guy.

    This training is open to all folks, from all embodiments and backgrounds, including first time meditators, long-time practitioners and/or folks from entirely different spiritual backgrounds. Please let us know if you have any questions regarding physical accessibility so we can accommodate your needs.

    There is no cost to this class, but if you are fortunate enough to have financial stability in your life, we invite you to make a contribution to help support Kaitlyn and/or the Portland Shambhala Center. Kaitlyn is dedicated to this work and would offer it regardless, but financial contributions help cover the cost of her travel. Donations to the Portland Shambhala Center make it possible for folks with less financial stability to attend the various classes offered, as well as helping us maintain the Portland Shambhala Center as a community space with things like tea, toilet paper, and snacks.

    A definition of social restoration:
    Social restoration is the work of returning human dignity and care that is revoked or withheld by current social structures. It is relatively new terminology and as with most language, individual perceptions will inform how it is defined and understood, so this is just one possible definition. It is often used as an alternative phrase to 'social action' which inadvertently creates an ableist view of social justice work. To learn more you can listen to this episode of Everything is Workable with Tada Hozumi.

    About Kaitlyn Hatch (Facilitation):
    Practice is core to my life and I'm always looking for new tools and ways of approaching my mind and cultivating awareness. I'm an insatiably curious and enthusiastic student of the dharma—contemplating, meditating and studying on a daily basis. I am committed to working with my mind for the liberation of all beings. My current focus is on the poison of ignorance—noticing my implicit biases and unlearning habits of delusion. I'm originally from Canada and lived in the UK for six years, but I now live in West Seattle with my wife and cat. We have grand plans to turn the basement of our home into a practice space. You can learn more about my work in the world at www.kaitlynschatch.com