Queer Dharma: No Time for Impatience
with Michaela McCormick
June 1 / 2:00 PM - June 1 / 4:00 PM
Patience takes more than time. It takes accepting ourselves as we are, and that requires being gentle with ourselves, allowing ourselves to feel, to listen to our true selves instead of to the fears and story-lines we hide behind. Like with the reality of climate change, we don't have time to fool ourselves anymore. The jig is up. Unless we devote ourselves and our time to facing what is true about our world and about ourselves, the time we have will be useless. Patience gives us the space to be non-territorial, to be threatened by nothing, to see that the ground of our being is common to us all. We don't need to be afraid of ourselves or others. We don't need to be aggressive or defend ourselves. We can just be. We can meditate on our delightful, gentle selves. And as the African saying goes, “When we pray, we move our feet.”
Michaela McCormick has been meditating for 12 years and has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 2005. She is Director of Practice and Education for the Portland Shambhala Meditation Center, a meditation instructor, and a member of the Diversity Working Group of Shambhala International. For 25 years she worked as a teacher, trainer, and practitioner of conflict resolution and public dialogue. For longer than that she was a community organizer/activist. She now writes on social and spiritual themes.
Queer Dharma is a group for LGBTQ practitioners to study and practice meditation and Dharma and to discuss personal experiences. The group serves to send a message to new-comers that they are welcome in our tradition and to explore (perhaps in ways that may be unintentionally overlooked or excluded in our regular programming) how we as gays, lesbians, bisexuals, trans and gender queer 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. Meditation instruction is available to you. It’s a free event with suggested donation of any dollar amount. Continue to socialize over dinner and drinks at Crush afterward. All are warmly welcome regardless of experience, spiritual tradition, age, gender or sexual identity. See you there!
For more information, contact Jason Bray, Queer Dharma Coordinator.
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