Queer Dharma: Opening Our Hearts to Liberation

September 1st

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    We are all attached to “me.” As members of marginalized groups, we are cornered by mainstream society into defending our identities, which reinforces our “me-ness.” While the material world and our own sanity require us to assert our authentic selves, our attachment to how we see ourselves can stifle our feelings, be that fear or deep joy in our being. It can drive us into defensive stances that deny our inseparability with others. We are rightfully impatient for liberation. True liberation is not only social and political but also emotional and spiritual. So while we must stand up for ourselves, we must also work to keep our hearts open to our deepest feelings and embodied wisdom and to others, regardless of their identities. We must accept the uncertainty of our existence and the need for compassion for ourselves and others. It's a tall order, and it exhorts us to drop aggression, embrace gentleness, and practice patience.

    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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