Program Details

Who Are We? Explorations of Meditation, Identity, & Culture


July 20 / 6:00 PM - July 20 / 8:00 PM

1st and 3rd Sundays of the Month


6-8pm


$5 - $10 Donation Suggested


This week's topic: Discussion on Gender - Men, Manhood, Masculinities


What is at the heart of meditation practice and how can it reveal a clearer sense of ourselves, our various aspects of identity, and how we relate to and are connected to others?


These questions serve as the basis for Who Are We?, a meditation group for both new and more experienced practitioners alike. With the foundation being the formal practice of mindfulness meditation, or shamatha, this group will be an opportunity to explore some of the issues central to Shambhala Buddhist teachings, including the self, egolessness, the nature of suffering, basic goodness, and enlightened society.


The primary inspiration is to create a space that will allow personal and often challenging issues of identity, diversity, and multiculturalism to emerge and be shared with others. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:


Gender Identity • Sexuality/Sexual Identity • Class and Wealth • Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality • Physical/Developmental Disability • Age • Religious/Spiritual Affiliation • Mental Health • Prejudice and Discrimination • Power and Privilege


Meditation instruction will be offered at the start of each gathering and then we will move into a discussion on a pre-selected topic of identity/culture. As these meetings may elicit challenging ideas and powerful emotional reactions, group discussions will be led by a member of the Shambhala community experienced in meditation practice, multicultural issues, and group facilitation. The evening will end with light refreshments and a chance to socialize with others.


For more information, please contact Diversity Committee Chair, Bryan Mendiola, at micoordinator@shambhalaboston.org.

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