LGBTQI Retreat: Taking Refuge


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: