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Cultivating a Compassionate Heart
A Day of Practice for the Alphabet Sangha
As Lesbian, Gay, Genderqueer, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Same Gender Loving and/or Two-Spirit people (LGBTQISGL) and others in our Alphabet Sangha, we are often faced with societal challenges that can marginalize us. Together in community, this daylong will focus on the practice of compassion, which is the energy of our hearts that calls forth love in response to our own suffering, to the pain in the world, and to historical suffering carried within us and by institutions. Compassion practice is a powerful antidote to help transform suffering and allow us to engage with, rather than distance from, challenging situations.
All who self-identify as LGBTQISGL, are welcome to this day of cultivating gratitude in sangha.
Shahara Godfrey, Ph.D., has trained in the Theravada Buddhist tradition for over 20 years. Other influences have been spiritual teachers from various cultures and traditions as well as the creative arts. She is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leaders and Path of Engagement programs at Spirit Rock.
The East Bay Meditation Center operates using a generosity-based, gift economics model. This means we charge no set registration fees to attend our events and instead rely on the generous giving of our community. All classes at the Center do come with a financial cost. Class participants are offered an opportunity to make a voluntary gift to EBMC during the registration process or at an event itself.
Please note that no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you would like to explore any EBMC volunteer positions, please send an email expressing your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
EBMC TEACHERS ARE NOT PAID BY THE CENTER and and you can offer a voluntary financial gift to them at the class.
In order to protect the health of community members with environmental illness, please do not wear fragranced products (including natural fragrances) or clothes laundered in fragranced products to EBMC.