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What It Is: A Meditation Daylong for People of Color, with La Sarmiento

Saturday, August 24, 2019 • 9 – 5 pm

“What it is” is a shortening of the greeting “What it is, what it was, and what it shall be” which was popular in the 1960’s within the black community.

The greeting is quite dharmic as the essence of insight meditation (vipassana) practice is to clearly see what is. As people of color in this country, often our histories, cultures, perspectives, and lives are oppressed, rejected or ignored by the dominant culture. At this gathering, we will cultivate a space to be seen heard, and respected for all of who we are to support individual and collective healing.

Through the acknowledgment and honoring of our ancestors, we will reflect on ‘what it was”. Through the practice of insight meditation and the cultivation of the “Divine Abodes” of lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity, we will deepen our practice of “what it is”. And through the understanding and exploration of Larry Yang’s “Directing the Mind Towards Practices in Diversity”, we will live into “what it shall be.”

This daylong is open to beginning to advanced practitioners who identify as a person of color. People of Color Daylong – registration opens on May 26, 2019

 

True Colors – Honoring our Buddhanature: A Meditation Daylong for the LGBTIQ Community, with La Sarmiento

Sunday, August 25, 2019 • 9 – 5 pm

From the poet ee cummings: “To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”

As LGBTIQ people in this country at this time in history, we are often at risk to lose our civil rights, validation of our relationships, our families and friends, our livelihoods, and even our lives. At this gathering, we will cultivate a space to be seen, heard, and respected for all of who we are to support individual and collective healing.

At this daylong, we will gather together to practice insight meditation and to cultivate the “Divine Abodes” of lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity as we take refuge in our own fabulous buddhanature, the wisdom of Larry Yang’s “Directing the Mind Towards Practices in Diversity”, and our beloved sangha.

This daylong is open to beginning to advanced practitioners who identify as LGBTIQ.
LGBTIQ Daylong – registration opens on May 27, 2019

 

 

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