Sep
5
7:00 PM19:00

Dharma Talk: POC Sangha at EBMC

Guest Teacher at POC SANGHA at East Bay Meditation Center

We come together as a community of people of color for meditation, practice and resilience, to support the struggle and provide a balm to sooth our continued work forward. Bell Hooks says, “Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.”

We carry this spirit forward in gathering people of color in community each Thursday for the POC Sangha.  Join us!

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 285 17th Street, Oakland, CA (at Harrison)

Directions:
just 3 blocks from 19th street BART

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Sep
7
9:30 AM09:30

Embracing Change: Zen & the Art of Creating a Life You Want

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Are you at a point in your life in which you feel like it's time for a change, but you're not sure how to proceed?

Change can be hard. Especially a change that we haven't chosen at this time, such as job or relationship loss. Or perhaps this is a life-transition time. Maybe as you think of all the many possible ways to go, you begin to feel confused: "Shall I do what I've always wanted to do, or stay with what I know?" "Is it time to go toward my 'heart's desire,' or is it time to get more training?"

At times like these, teachings both from Zen Buddhism and from the motivational field can help us. Join Liên for a daylong workshop in which we will explore how to incorporate both meditative practices and behavior-change skills in order to:

Find stability and centeredness so that you can be truly present and aware.
Use tools to help you evaluate what you’re feeling "called" to do at this time in your life.
Learn what may be keeping you from achieving. Discover tools to help you set and achieve goals.

Meditation and Buddhist practices along with evaluative and skill-building tools will be practiced in small and large groups. Plan for a day in which you will be engaged from the heart and with mindfulness.

The time for change has come into your life. Come see how you can learn to meet this with ease, grace and skill, and go towards the life that is waiting to be created by you!

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Nov
4
to Nov 25

Love: Supported by the 4 Divine States

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Love: Supported by the 4 Divine States

4-week Class Series: Mondays, November 4, 11, 18, & 25 6:30 - 8:30

East Bay Meditation Center

We all want love. 

And, having and holding love and loving feelings can be challenging, especially if we've had challenging conditioning and experiences in our lives. Join us in exploring how love can be when expressed in conjunction with the qualities of the Four Divine States, or Brahma Viharas: 

  • Balance of Heart-Mind

  • Lovingkindness

  • Compassion and

  • Inclusive Joy

We’ll explore how these qualities can offer us ways to bring more awareness and ease into how we can define and receive what we want --- with ourselves and in relationships. Teachings and meditation practices on these qualities along with contemporary means will be shared and practiced, giving us tools to be able to access and cultivate these qualities within ourselves and with others.

Given our current times, this offering comes with the hope for it to be an empowering and supportive format for us to become grounded in how we know, receive , and would like love and caring in our lives: with ourselves, each other, our families, communities, and the world. 

The main text, bell hook's book All About Love: New Visions, offers an incisive blend of scholarship and heart-felt stories to ask us to transform our challenges into strength, manifesting the love and caring we want in our lives here and now. (Book is not included. Hand-outs provided.)

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Aug
1
to Aug 4

Embracing Change: Zen & the Art of Creating a Life You Want -- 4-day Workshop at Tassjara ZMC

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Deborah Svoboda

August 1-4, 2019 (Thursday – Sunday)

Are you at a point in your life where you feel it’s time for a change, but you’re not sure how to proceed?

Change can be hard—especially change we haven’t chosen, such as changing jobs or a relationship loss. Or perhaps you are experiencing a life transition. At times like these, teachings from both Zen Buddhism and the motivational field can help. We will explore how to incorporate both meditative practices and behavior-change skills to find stability and centeredness, evaluate what you are “called” to, discover obstacles, and gain tools to help you set and achieve goals.

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Jul
10
to Jul 30

Oakland - Meditation Training "1.0"

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With Rev. Keiryu Liên Shutt
in Oakland at East Bay Meditation Center

285 17th Street

Four Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, & 31, 7 – 8:30 pm

Want to learn how to meditate? Or have you tried at different times but just can’t quite figure out how to make it work for you?

This four-class series is geared just for you. Specific, time-honored and easy-to-follow instructions will be given in three areas: body, heart/emotions and mind/mental states. Each week, specific meditation instructions will be given, with an opportunity to put them into practice and have your questions answered.

Handouts will be given at the end of each class, making it easier for you to practice that week’s focus in the time between classes. You will also have an opportunity for contact with the instructor, so that your own specific issues can be addressed. There will be opportunities to share with others in the group if you choose, fostering a cohort-like, shared experience to encourage and support your efforts to learn and practice meditation.

Think of this class as a four-week “training camp”—a container for you to not only establish a meditation practice of your own but to also have a “team” to practice with and to draw encouragement from. It is much easier to put into practice any new skill when we have buddies to do it with.

Come see how the two factors of practiced guidance and cohort support can help you to establish a sustainable practice.

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Jun
13
to Jun 20

Meditation Training 1.5: The Extended Version

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Meditation Training 1.5: The Extended Version* (aka: “How to Really Establish a Meditation Practice in Six Weeks”)

  • SFZC City Center, 300 Page Street

  • 6 Thursdays: June 13, 20 & 27 & July 11, 18 & 26 (no meeting on July 4th)

  • 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Want to learn how to meditate? Or, have you tried at different times but just can’t quite figure how to make it work for you?

*For years now, many who have taken “1.0” have wished the course was longer ---- Now it is!

In this series, the same tried-and-true format from Meditation Training “1.0” is offered: specific and easy-to-follow instructions given in the areas of body, heart/emotions and mind/mental states.

However, since we’ll have six weeks, more subtle, nuanced, and practical aspects and methods of mediation will be shared. With two more weeks, you’ll have the chance to learn and practice more the “depth and breadth” of the craft of meditation.

Each week you’ll also have access to on-line guided meditations, readings, dharma talks, other support materials, and mindfulness exercises to learn how to bring that week’s meditation points into your everyday life, “off-the-cushion”. In this way, you will have support between classes, to follow and do at your own pace.

Give yourself six luxurious weeks to be able to fully establish a sustainable meditation practice you can use all your life.

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May
31
7:30 PM19:30

JOYFUL -- Connecting Communications: Giving Voice to Our Boundless Hearts

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Connecting Communications: Giving Voice to Our Boundless Hearts, CC 5/17 – 5/31

Practice Wise Speech Using the Four Brahma Viharas

3 Fridays: May 17, 24, and 31 City Center, 300 Page Dining Room 7:30 – 9 pm

Are you tired of all the negative and divisive speech you’re hearing these days?

As kind, compassionate, and connecting speech takes care and attention, we are offering these events as opportunities to support and give us all ways to practice communication based on heartfelt and heart-connecting qualities of the Brahma Viharas: kindness (metta or matri), compassion (karuna), inclusive joy (mudita), and equanimity / balance of mind (upekkha).
 
Join us for the whole 3-part series or on a week-by-week, drop-in basis.

Each of the three sessions will focus on one of the first three qualities and begin with a meditation to establish the fourth quality, upekkha, or equanimity. We’ll then engage in structured exercises developed off of the phrases from each quality’s meditation points in order to know and connect to that boundless state.

For instance, with metta, or kindness, the meditation includes phrases on friendliness, well-being, and peace. After the meditation, we’ll then engage with others in exercises to bring forth how we know when friendliness, well-being, and peace are present. After a few rounds of these structured exercises in dyads or small group and facilitated discussions in between, we’ll then have open time, with tea and refreshments.
 
The aim of these sessions is to foster connecting communication by creating an environment for each of us to strengthen and practice kind, compassionate, and joyful speech.

Fee: While there is no set registration fee for attending these sessions, you are invited to sustain both the teacher and SFZC through your voluntary donations (the practice of generous giving, or “dana”). Suggested sliding scale of $15 – $25 per session. Please donate generously, in proportion to your ability.

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May
24
7:30 PM19:30

COMPASSIONATE -- Connecting Communications: Giving Voice to Our Boundless Hearts

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Connecting Communications: Giving Voice to Our Boundless Hearts, CC 5/17 – 5/31

Practice Wise Speech Using the Four Brahma Viharas

3 Fridays: May 17, 24, and 31 City Center, 300 Page Dining Room 7:30 – 9 pm

Are you tired of all the negative and divisive speech you’re hearing these days?

As kind, compassionate, and connecting speech takes care and attention, we are offering these events as opportunities to support and give us all ways to practice communication based on heartfelt and heart-connecting qualities of the Brahma Viharas: kindness (metta or matri), compassion (karuna), inclusive joy (mudita), and equanimity / balance of mind (upekkha).
 
Join us for the whole 3-part series or on a week-by-week, drop-in basis.

Each of the three sessions will focus on one of the first three qualities and begin with a meditation to establish the fourth quality, upekkha, or equanimity. We’ll then engage in structured exercises developed off of the phrases from each quality’s meditation points in order to know and connect to that boundless state.

For instance, with metta, or kindness, the meditation includes phrases on friendliness, well-being, and peace. After the meditation, we’ll then engage with others in exercises to bring forth how we know when friendliness, well-being, and peace are present. After a few rounds of these structured exercises in dyads or small group and facilitated discussions in between, we’ll then have open time, with tea and refreshments.
 
The aim of these sessions is to foster connecting communication by creating an environment for each of us to strengthen and practice kind, compassionate, and joyful speech.

Fee: While there is no set registration fee for attending these sessions, you are invited to sustain both the teacher and SFZC through your voluntary donations (the practice of generous giving, or “dana”). Suggested sliding scale of $15 – $25 per session. Please donate generously, in proportion to your ability.

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May
17
7:30 PM19:30

KINDNESS -- Connecting Communications: Giving Voice to Our Boundless Hearts

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Connecting Communications: Giving Voice to Our Boundless Hearts, CC 5/17 – 5/31

Practice Wise Speech Using the Four Brahma Viharas

3 Fridays: May 17, 24, and 31 City Center, 300 Page Dining Room 7:30 – 9 pm

Are you tired of all the negative and divisive speech you’re hearing these days?

As kind, compassionate, and connecting speech takes care and attention, we are offering these events as opportunities to support and give us all ways to practice communication based on heartfelt and heart-connecting qualities of the Brahma Viharas: kindness (metta or matri), compassion (karuna), inclusive joy (mudita), and equanimity / balance of mind (upekkha).
 
Join us for the whole 3-part series or on a week-by-week, drop-in basis.

Each of the three sessions will focus on one of the first three qualities and begin with a meditation to establish the fourth quality, upekkha, or equanimity. We’ll then engage in structured exercises developed off of the phrases from each quality’s meditation points in order to know and connect to that boundless state.

For instance, with metta, or kindness, the meditation includes phrases on friendliness, well-being, and peace. After the meditation, we’ll then engage with others in exercises to bring forth how we know when friendliness, well-being, and peace are present. After a few rounds of these structured exercises in dyads or small group and facilitated discussions in between, we’ll then have open time, with tea and refreshments.
 
The aim of these sessions is to foster connecting communication by creating an environment for each of us to strengthen and practice kind, compassionate, and joyful speech.

Fee: While there is no set registration fee for attending these sessions, you are invited to sustain both the teacher and SFZC through your voluntary donations (the practice of generous giving, or “dana”). Suggested sliding scale of $15 – $25 per session. Please donate generously, in proportion to your ability.

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May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Dharma Talk: POC Sangha at EBMC

Guest Teacher at POC SANGHA at East Bay Meditation Center

We come together as a community of people of color for meditation, practice and resilience, to support the struggle and provide a balm to sooth our continued work forward. Bell Hooks says, “Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.”

We carry this spirit forward in gathering people of color in community each Thursday for the POC Sangha.  Join us!

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 285 17th Street, Oakland, CA (at Harrison)

Directions:
just 3 blocks from 19th street BART

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May
4
9:00 AM09:00

“Letting Go” with Forgiveness & Goodwill (for Self Identified People of Color)

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“Letting Go” with Forgiveness & Goodwill

Half-day workshop & half-day retreat

Saturday, May 4 East Bay Meditation Center 9 am- 3 pm

Impermanence is part of life. We want “to move on” through wishing ourselves or another well, yet it’s hard to do. The thought of “sending goodwill” is nice but it may seem insurmountable.

This 1-day workshop and retreat provides a gentle container to foster letting go of old hurts and pains. In the morning, teachings, exercises and practices on forgiveness are offered. In the afternoon, we switch to a retreat format: engaging in guided meditations, generating goodwill to specific categories.

* Please bring any form of mementos for those you’d like to generate forgiveness and/or goodwill to in these meditations.

for People of Color

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Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

Meditation Training Practice Day

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Deb Svoboda

Sunday, April 28

SFZC City Center’s Conference Center, 308 Page Street

A one-day silent retreat geared to all those who have completed any of the Meditation Training in Four Short Weeks classes offered by Liên, or a comparable meditation program. The day offers an opportunity to put the various meditations taught in the four-week training class into practice.
 
The schedule will be set up to accommodate those who want an opportunity to extend their foundational sitting practice skills and includes interval sits within longer periods. Additionally, there will be some instructional/guided meditations and Q&A times to clarify or refresh your understanding of practice points.

While geared towards graduates of Meditation Training in Four Short Weeks, all who have a sitting practice are welcome. 

Early Registration is Encouraged as Space is Limited

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Apr
4
to Apr 11

Meditation Training: Establishing a Meditation Practice in 4 Short Weeks

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With Rev. Keiryu Liên Shutt
San Francisco Zen Center, City Center Buddha Hall

4 THURSDAYS   April 4, 11, 18 & 25 7:30 – 9 pm

Want to learn how to meditate? Or have you tried at different times but just can’t quite figure out how to make it work for you?

This four-class series is geared just for you. Specific, time-honored and easy-to-follow instructions will be given in three areas: body, heart/emotions and mind/mental states. Each week, specific meditation instructions will be given, with an opportunity to put them into practice and have your questions answered.

Handouts will be given at the end of each class, making it easier for you to practice that week’s focus in the time between classes. You will also have an opportunity for contact with the instructor, so that your own specific issues can be addressed. There will be opportunities to share with others in the group if you choose, fostering a cohort-like, shared experience to encourage and support your efforts to learn and practice meditation.

Think of this class as a four-week “training camp”—a container for you to not only establish a meditation practice of your own but to also have a “team” to practice with and to draw encouragement from. It is much easier to put into practice any new skill when we have buddies to do it with.

Come see how the two factors of practiced guidance and cohort support can help you to establish a sustainable practice.

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Mar
30
9:00 AM09:00

Taming Anxiety -- in Oakland

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East Bay Meditation Center

285 17th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Does your mind seem to “be all over the place”? Do you find yourself worrying a lot? Do you feel easily overwhelmed and filled with anxiety? Do you obsess about “shoulds’” and “coulds’” and, therefore, find it hard to focus?

Buddhist teachings and practices have long addressed ways to be with such emotions and thoughts. In this one-day, we gather to work with worry and anxiety: how to be with these emotions and engage with practices which can foster calm and ease in both body and mind.

Dharma teachings, meditations, group discussions and experiential exercises are offered.

Open to all

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Mar
15
10:00 AM10:00

NEW at Spirit Rock --- Bringing Intentions into Action: Embodying Wise Kindness

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Bringing Intentions into Action: Embodying Wise Kindness (1-day workshop)

Spirit Rock Meditation Center

We all have good hearts. Seeing suffering around us, our natural instinct is to act to alleviate it.

And yet, given the countless sources of suffering in our world today, we can easily fall into the extremes of either spiritual bypass or compassion burnout. How do we know when to meditate, and when to get off the cushion?

Knowing “when” can be driven by many intentions: the alleviation of anger or fear, or the desire to support social justice.

Together, we’ll explore how to more readily access our good heart’s deep intentions, and to transform it into wise action. The day will include teachings on heart and wisdom-based practices, guided meditations, practical behavior-changing tools, skill-building exercises, discussion, and Q&A.

6 CE credits available for $60, for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors.

A short VIDEO @ the workshop

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Feb
16
10:15 AM10:15

NEW at MBZC -- Taming Anxiety

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Monterey Bay Zen Center

Cherry Center for the Arts, Monterey (*NOTE: Workshop is a different location than the Dharma talk)

Does your mind seem to “be all over the place”? Do you find yourself worrying a lot? Do you feel easily overwhelmed and filled with anxiety? Do you obsess about “shoulds’” and “coulds’” and, therefore, find it hard to focus?

Buddhist teachings and practices have long addressed ways to be with such emotions and thoughts. In this one-day, we gather to work with worry and anxiety: how to be with these emotions and engage with practices which can foster calm and ease in both body and mind.

Dharma teachings, meditations, group discussions and experiential exercises are offered.

Open to all

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Jan
31
to Feb 7

Meditation 2.0: Mindfulness & Working with the Five Hindrances

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SF Zen Center, 300 Page Street

7-Weeks Class Series, 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1, 8, & 15

For Zen students, a weed is a treasure.
--- Suzuki Roshi

Are you having difficulties in meditation? Obsessing on love or hate? Falling asleep, anxious, restless, or agitated more often than calm while meditating? Doubting your practice; wondering whether it’s "right" for you or not?

The Five Hindrances are typical mind-heart states which can impede development of concentration and mindfulness. In this class, we will explore classic and contemporary teachings on how to become aware of and work with these states as well as the cultivation of their antidotes.

As this is a study and practice class, specific texts as well as meditation instructions will be presented which can be used to work with the Hindrances in between classes.*

Having the skills to be at ease in the midst of the Hindrances will enrich your meditation, making it easier to bring the fruits of your practice into everyday life.

* As such, we highly encourage taking the 4-week Meditation Training course offered September 7-28 first if you do not currently have an established practice.

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Dec
22
9:00 AM09:00

Taming Anxiety -- for People of Color

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East Bay Meditation Center

285 17th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Does your mind seem to “be all over the place”? Do you find yourself worrying a lot? Do you feel easily overwhelmed and filled with anxiety? Do you obsess about “shoulds” and “coulds” and, therefore, find it hard to focus?

Buddhist teachings and meditation practices have long addressed ways to be with such emotions and thoughts. In this one-day workshop, we will gather and to learn ways in which we can work with worry and anxiety. You’ll learn ways to be with these emotions and be able to practice meditations that can foster calm and ease in body and mind.

Sitting and walking meditations, Dharma teachings, group discussions and experiential exercises will be used.

For POCs

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Nov
26
8:00 PM20:00

ORIENTATION: Awake in Life 2019

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ORIENTATION meeting for 2019’s Awake in Life Program

7-months Studies for Us Who Live Outside the Temple or Monastic Settings

Soto Zen’s 16 Bodhisattva Precepts are essentially a set of values which, in the engagement with them, acts as guides for us to see how we can live more fully. Includes studies, monthly individual meeting with a teacher & awareness practices, along with access to weekly meditation group (in-person or online-only).

Come ask all the questions you want! Meet others who have gone through the program and hear how it has impact their lives!

*Meditation at 7:30 before.

Can’t come in person? Zoom in at ID# 272-155-964

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Nov
4
9:30 AM09:30

Practicing "Letting Go" with Forgiveness & Goodwill/Metta

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1-day Workshop & Meditations** on practices with Forgiveness & Goodwill/Metta

  • Sunday, November 4

  • 9:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.

East Bay Meditation Center, 285 17th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

“Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. Unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.”             —Shunryu Suzuki

Impermanence is part of life. We know this. However, letting go can be hard. Join me as we explore how it can be challenging “to let go” even though we may want to very much. We have had hurts and loss. We want “to move on” through wishing ourselves or another well, yet it’s hard to do. The thought of “sending goodwill” is nice but it may seem insurmountable.

“Letting go” can’t be guaranteed but creating the conditions for it to happen is possible.

**The aim of this one-day is to create a gentle container in which letting go of old hurts and pains is possible. Using a workshop format, the morning will include teachings, reflection exercises, and practices to engage with forgiveness. In the afternoon, we move to a retreat format, engaging in a series of Metta meditations, radiating and sending loving kindnesses and generating goodwill to various categories.

Please come ready to “try it on” and prepared to engage in a gentle container of individual reflections and group interactions as we make space for meeting things-as-they-are.

Open to all

**You are invited to bring mementos for those you would like to offer goodwill/metta towards for the meditations in the afternoon.

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Aug
15
7:30 PM19:30

SFZC CC Community Meeting (2 of 2*) – Power & Sexuality: Enacting Responsible Sexuality

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Power & Sexuality: Enacting Responsible Sexuality
Wednesday, August 15, 7:30 – 9 pm
City Center Dining Room   FREE

With Rev. Keiryū Liên Shutt and Rev. Daigan Gaither

Session 2 of 2 (August 8 and August 15*)

With the container established from the first workshop,* we will explore the question of how do we enact our vow within our complex relationships with others and in community? Are we using our energies or are they using us?

How can we find applications from our lineage and institutional teachings, such as the “Standards of Pure Conduct” (in Japanese, “shingi”) and Sexual Ethics Statement, that will support our everyday interactions and relationships? In the midst of complex hierarchies and power dynamics we face in our work and intimate environments, how can we enact healthy and responsible responses?

Join us as we explore what it means to practice while maintaining a healthy, upright, and embodied relationship to our sexuality.

*You are encouraged to attend both workshops but it’s not necessary.

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