Bhumisparsha emerged out of two experiences that Lama Rod and Lama Justin were having. First it was their love of the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism especially the system of tantric practice that thrived in Indian communities before the the spread of Buddhist tantra in Tibet. And second their frustration with Tibetan Buddhist communities and the issues of power hierarchies and patriarchy that perpetuates violence for many practitioners. Both of them have trained extensively in Tibetan communities and have formed very strong bonds with their teachers. However, as teachers committed to making tantra accessible and inclusive for western practitioners as well as being teachers concerned with social change, they have been disappointed with the maintenance of hierarchies in western Tibetan communities which unfairly privileges certain groups of people while dispriveileging others. They feel that among other issues, this hierarchy lies at the heart of the level of abuse that many of us, including Tibetan teachers, have survived.
Bhumisparsha is a new practice community rooted in Vajrayana Buddhism but calls into question the influence of Tibetan culture in an effort to reimagine a practice of tantra that can be expressed more in a contemporary context that maintains the importance of ritual practice and direct experience while beginning to understand how to center social change.
Lama Rod and Lama Justin are starting out with many questions. Bhumisparsha is an experiment. It is an experiment to uncover a tantra that is trauma informed, inclusive, authentic, and rooted within the lived experiences of Western practitioners of diverse backgrounds.
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Lama Rod Owens, Founder
Lama Justin von Bujdoss, Founder