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Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland

1110 Southeast Alder Street
Portland, OR 97214, US (map)

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  • Sunday
    Nov 5 2017
    A Humble Fierceness: Queer Meditation & Conversation

    Our world can be intimidating. Despite a slowly growing acceptance of queers, we continue to face homo- and transphobia daily, along with all the other isms. Those in power are ramping up their hateful efforts to keep those of us not like them in our place. To stand up for ourselves is to invite more attacks. It is tempting to react with more hate and aggression, thus becoming like our oppressors. That is a trap of darkness and fear that keeps us from our authentic caring, fearless selves. The path of humble confidence requires both compassion and fierceness. It requires impeccable attention to both our vulnerability and our strength.

    Join us for meditation and conversation on this topic.

    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.