We form our identities around views and perceptions that are often distortions. These distortions can crystallize into racism and internalized oppression. Bonnie Duran, a professor of public health and a cofounder of the People of Color Sangha in Albuquerque and Seattle, believes that the tool of mindfulness can clear up these wrong views and help us see more clearly. Drawing from her own Native American heritage and 35 years of meditation practice, Duran will discuss the timeless Vipallasa Sutta, which contains one of the primary teachings the Buddha gave about undoing distortions of the mind, so we can start to remedy the flawed ways we see ourselves and one another.

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