Dualistic Thinking and Inequity (Feb 24)

A Mindful and Compassionate Approach

February 24, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

at the Havurah

In this daylong workshop, facilitated by Serena Maurer, we’ll practice bringing mindfulness and compassion to dualistic thinking and the inequities it creates.  We’ll sit with, write about, and share the ways dualistic thinking about race, class, gender, and nationality teaches us to categorize ourselves in relationship to others, and to what effects.  Please join us for this day of collective practice and learning.

Please bring a sack lunch, something to write on and with, warm, comfortable clothing, and anything else you need to feel comfortable during the day. We will have ample meditation cushions and chairs.

Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. $75. general, $55. for PSZC members. Please register below.

Dualistic Thinking and Inequity – Feb 24 – Registration


Serena Maurer, a PSZC member who directs the Children’s Program, facilitates mindfulness- and compassion- based social justice work with individuals and organizations. Her inside-out approach to social change draws on her experience doing direct service work in non-profit social justice organizations and a PhD in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies with a focus on race, gender and immigration, as well as twelve years teaching university courses on inequity and change and fourteen years studying, practicing and teaching mindfulness and compassion.

About this workshop, she says “I was in grad school studying systems of inequity like race, gender, class and nationality when I encountered Buddhism.  As I began learning about and practicing Buddhism, I got excited about points of intersection I saw between Buddhist philosophy and what I was learning in school.  Lately, I’ve been especially interested in how Buddhist teachings on dualistic thinking point towards, and support, our personal and collective work against inequities.

Buddhism challenges us to bring compassionate awareness to dualistic thinking.  This challenge offers us an opportunity to deepen our understanding about how gender, race, class, nationality, and other dualisms shape our own and others’ thinking, speech and actions, and the suffering this creates.  When we engage these teachings in community, we create the opportunity for collective understanding about the effects of dualistic thinking on our own and others’ lives.  That understanding is the ground for developing insight into what’s needed to challenge dualistic thought and heal the wounds it continues to create.”