Queer Dharma is a group for LGBTQI practitioners to study and practice meditation and Dharma and to discuss personal experiences. The group serves to send a message to newcomers that they are welcome in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, and to explore (perhaps in ways that may be unintentionally overlooked or excluded in our regular programming) how we as gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, transgender, genderqueer and intersex 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.
Experience your mind as discovered through meditation - instruction is available to you. We practice mindfulness as a group - noticing what arises and constantly coming back to the present moment. We also practice generosity by bringing a small monetary donation (one or two dollars) to each meeting if possible. These funds help to keep the Shambhala Center, our host, operational.
Come as you are - no experience necessary and there are plenty of cushions and chairs.
Continue to socialize over dinner and drinks at Crush afterward!
After a two month hiatus due to the pandemic and transitioning from in-person gatherings to online, we will resume on Sunday, June 7, on Zoom (see the link below). I have dearly missed you all, our rich open-hearted discussions, and all the wisdom you bring.
To live in the moment is not to shed our past or suppress our vision. We owe much to those who have preceded us and who, from their experience, can teach us how to proceed. A crucial part of being present and authentic is to call forth and contemplate our ancestors. We inherit from our ancestors both their gifts and their wounds. An unexamined gift must be cultivated, and an unexamined wound must be healed. This is an embodied, feeling process. If we don't feel, we can't care. Once we muster the compassion, curiosity, and courage to take charge, we cultivate not only presence but also our interdependence with our ancestors and elders. We inherited our innate qualities of compassion, curiosity, and courage from our ancestors and elders, and practicing those qualities nurtures a sense of right and wrong. Our elders are with us to remind us of that inheritance, to enrich our visions, to listen to us as we pursue those visions, and to make sure none of us are left behind. Without hubris or aggression, they act for the benefit of all at the speed of trust. They are impeccable. It is up to each of us to discern who our genuine, impeccable elders and ancestors are.