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"Love in the Midst of Dominance" with Leslie Booker, co-presented by the Boston Meditation Center

  • The Boston Center for Contemplative Practice 796 Beacon Street Newton, MA, 02459 United States (map)

A Half-Day Workshop with Booker Leslie

The poet and author Audre Lorde beautifully said, “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.”

And yet here we are forty years later, still using the master’s tools of greed, hatred, and delusion as the dominating force in power and privilege structures. What would it be like to lay these down and pick up the tool of love . . . not the sentimental and anemic kind, but the kind of fierce love that calls you up, and allows us to have more intimacy with our discomfort, so that we can also move away from our pain?

This half-day workshop will include small-group discussions, heart work, and embodied practice to allow us to tap into our full experience.


$35 Basic

$50 Sustaining

Paying at the highest level you can afford helps us make our programs available to as many people as possible. There is also an opportunity to offer additional dana (generosity) at the end of the program. Please let us know if finances are an obstacle.

To register, please go to the Boston Meditation Center website where you can pay via PayPal:

Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is recommended.


Leslie Booker (Booker) brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma, embodied practice, and activism. She began working with system-involved populations in 2005 and was a senior teacher and director of training with Lineage Project for ten years, and facilitated an intervention on Riker’s Island from 2009 to 2011 through NYU. Booker shares her expertise nationally on creating culturally responsive environments and changing the paradigm of self and community care. She is a cofounder of the Yoga Service Council at Omega Institute and the Meditation Working Group of Occupy Wall Street. Booker is a contributor to the text Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System (2017), and is on the faculty of the Engaged Mindfulness Institute and Off the Mat Into the World. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation training (2012), Community Dharma Leaders training (2017), and will complete Spirit Rock’s Teacher Training in 2020. Learn more about Booker at her website: