Queer Dharma: The Grace of Humility

August 4th

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    A spiritual practice doesn't make us special, and certainly not infallible. In our ego's constant search for validation, we can mount a pedestal of spirituality to deceive us into arrogance and believing we are the center of being. That's a very lonely place. While we each are alone, we don't need to fear that, because we are alone together – interdependent. It is our aloneness that spurs us to reach out to each other. But that can be scary, too. We fear doing the wrong thing, making a mistake, and being rejected for it. When that happens, we feel guilt or shame, which are more versions of seeing ourselves as the center of being. Such defeat can make us retreat from others once again. If we can face our guilt, shame, and sense of defeat, we can more readily see that others experience the same. In fact, we are indebted to those who have suffered before us and suffer alongside us. We are indebted to defeat, and its legacy. From that comes grace, interconnectedness, and compassion. We are humbled and ready to serve.

    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.

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