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Spend a relaxing Sunday morning on the beautiful South Shore enjoying a vibrant and growing LGBTQ meditation community. This guided sitting meditation and Dharma discussion is a community gathering for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning. Tea and snacks will follow. Presented by SSIMC Guiding Teacher, Madeline Klyne. Registration: This is a drop-in group, no pre-registration. Sustaining donation $10 at the door. NOTE: Zoom link for this online event will be available from SSIMC at www.ssimc.org
The Shambhala LGBT Meditation Group offers a safe space for those who identify as queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning to come together to explore the practice of meditation and support each other in community. Previous meditation experience is not required. We will update with program specifics as each evening approaches.
As LGBTQI people, we come together in practice, taking refuge and turning towards that which truly matters in our lives, for the highest good of all. Taking refuge is an inner journey. When we “take refuge” we open to a place of sanctuary, a place that is safe, a place we can rely on. In this tradition, we may find safety and inspiration by taking refuge in the Triple Gem: the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. In these challenging times, finding refuge is vital for LGBTQI folks and for our world! During this silent retreat, we will explore and practice the blessing of each of these Refuges. Taking Refuge in the Buddha, we reflect on the inspiration of the Buddha's life, turning towards our own innate goodness as well as that of others. We commit ourselves to Awakening, the remembrance of our true and beautiful nature. Taking Refuge in the Dharma, we reflect on the Buddha's teachings and undertake practices that cultivate wisdom, compassion and skillful action so that we can live our lives with understanding, kindness and love. We walk the path of awakening in life, resolving to live in accordance with what is true. Taking Refuge in the Sangha, we reflect on the power of community and remember that we are not alone. We discover that our happiness, sorrow and awakening are interconnected with others. Together, we begin healing the centuries of oppression and trauma with a deep knowing of the interdependence of all beings and all things. This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. Join us for a day of practice in community. There will be periods of sitting and walking, guided meditation as well as reflections to support your practice. There will also be plenty of time for questions and comments. All LGBTQI folk are welcome. This full-day retreat is $80; CIMC members $65. Please register at CIMC: https://cambridgeinsight.org/product/lgbtiq-retreat-taking-refuge/
ONLINE ON ZOOM This silent retreat is an opportunity to gather in community with other LGBTIQ practitioners, whether you are a beginner or an experienced meditator. In the midst of these challenging and difficult times, exploring refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha has never felt more important for our community and this world. As LGBTIQ people, we recollect the power of community to know that we are not alone; that together we can begin the healing of oppression and trauma within a deep knowing of our interconnectedness and interdependence. We can learn to trust the unfolding of this life and act for the benefit of all beings. This retreat is an opportunity to come together and care for ourselves and others, to remember who we really are and to reconnect with our innate goodness. We will explore ways of sustaining a clear and open mind, and a kind and caring heart. We will engage with the ancient teachings and practices offered by the Buddha that cultivate wisdom, kindness, compassion, joy, equanimity and skillful actions. Why not give yourself this time away from your busy life to pause, reflect and discover how through awareness, compassion and wisdom we can begin to heal ourselves, each other and the world? Full and partial scholarships are available. This full-day retreat is $80; CIMC members $65. Please register at CIMC: https://cambridgeinsight.org/product/lgbtqi-retreat-waking-up-to-truth-and-presence-just-as-you-are-just-as-life-is/ The Zoom link will be provided after you register.