Please note the time change for this gathering - 4-6pm rather than our regular 2-4pm.
Many of us come to meditation or Buddhism looking to be free. But our notion of freedom may not be what we find. Whatever we crave, or grasp for, be it our idea of freedom, or a sense of certainty, happiness, or who we think we are, even a desire for enlightenment, may be a dead end. Enlightenment, or becoming awake, is not something we get, but something we do. It's more like a thoroughly examined, heartfelt purpose. It's what Joseph Campbell pointed to when he said, “Follow your bliss.” It's the deepest joy, but it takes uncommon discipline to be that, a discipline that is not too tight and not too loose. It is our natural intuition. To be that, we must take seriously, with a healthy sense of humor, the truth of interdependence, the truth that we are all connected, that we need each other. Practicing a spirituality aimed at saving our “selves” is a trap. In order to see our interdependence, we need to experience the world, and others, and ourselves, directly. We need to feel. In order to have that kind of direct experience, we need to practice mindfulness, unobstructed by any notion we might have of freedom.
Queer Dharma is a group for LGBTQ practitioners to study and practice meditation and Dharma and to discuss personal experiences. The group serves to send a message to new-comers that they are welcome in our tradition and to explore (perhaps in ways that may be unintentionally overlooked or excluded in our regular programming) how we as gays, lesbians, bisexuals, trans and gender queer individuals can incorporate the teachings in our everyday lives and in our various social circles. We're scheduled to meet every first Sunday of the month 2-4pm. Meditation instruction is available to you. Continue to socialize over dinner and drinks at Crush afterward!
See you there!
Queer Dharma is a free event - suggested donation of any dollar amount.