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America’s Racial Karma And A Tribute To Thich Nhat Hanh With Dr. Larry Ward

January 31, 2022

We lost a modern-day bodhisattva this past week. Thich Nhat Hanh taught about the simplicity of mindfulness in everyday life, but also was an activist and global messenger for peace. In this episode, Diana speaks with Dr. Larry Ward, who was ordained as a lay minister and Dharma teacher by Thich Nhat Hanh and is […]

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We lost a modern-day bodhisattva this past week. Thich Nhat Hanh taught about the simplicity of mindfulness in everyday life, but also was an activist and global messenger for peace. In this episode, Diana speaks with Dr. Larry Ward, who was ordained as a lay minister and Dharma teacher by Thich Nhat Hanh and is the author of the book America’s Racial Karma. Dr. Ward shares his experience of racial trauma, how the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh healed his nervous system, and Dr. Ward’s understanding of racial trauma at the biological, psychological, and systemic levels.

About Dr. Larry Ward

Larry Ward (pronouns- he/him) is a senior teacher in Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village tradition and the author of the book America’s Racial Karma. Dr. Ward brings 25 years of international experience in organizational change and local community renewal to his work as Director of The Lotus Institute and as an advisor to the Executive Mind Leadership Institute at the Drucker School of Management. He holds a PhD in Religious Studies with an emphasis on Buddhism and the neuroscience of meditation.

Key Takeaways

  • Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings mirror modern-day neuroscience, behaviorism, and social activism
  • We plant “seeds” with our daily actions, and it’s up to us to plant and water wholesome seeds
  • America’s racial karma is embedded in a context of biology, society, and repeated patterns over time
  • Healing trauma involves healing a nervous system and body-based practices including Noble Silence, time in nature, movement, and recognizing that you are not your trauma
  • Some of the body-based practices Larry uses include: walking in nature, gratitude in daily activities, laziness throughout the day, and evening and morning rituals
  • As conscious human beings, we must look into how our minds have been conditioned
  • The only way to break the cycle of hate is to look at our own humanity
  • There is a difference between anger and ethics. Anger is energy, ethics is what you do with that energy

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Episode Segments

  • [00:00] – Introduction
  • [01:14] – About Dr. Larry Ward
  • [02:35] – Teachings From Retreat At Plum Village
  • [04:22] – What Is America’s Racial Karma?
  • [08:19] – Larry Ward’s Experience With Racial Trauma
  • [11:07] – Practices From Thich Nhat Hanh For Healing Trauma
  • [12:41] – Mindful Movement Of The Body
  • [15:04] – Cultivating Laziness
  • [19:57] – Defining Racial Karma As A Pattern
  • [23:06] – Diana’s Upcoming Events
  • [23:43] – Working With Avoidance
  • [28:27] – How To Work With Anger Energy
  • [32:59] – Culture Cannot Be Separated From Individual Behavior
  • [37:04] – Interbeing, Eco-spirituality, And Sacred Imagination
  • [39:56] – Simple Summary
  • [40:44] – Your Daily Practice
  • [41:39] – Connect With The Show

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