embodied prayer | transforming the heart

Through our collective musing last Sunday, it became clear to me that “Transformative Love” is the energy that changes the shape of our hearts and minds.

As I become more and more of who I am — and something new — I am contemplating the question:

What does this look, sound, feel and act like in practice as we cultivate, celebrate, nourish, sustain and dissolve relationships?

Larry Yang’s aspirational prayer reminds us to lead with love girded with the honest and discerning awareness that — where love is not possible or present — we can at least commit to minimizing the harm.

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Winter Immersion: February + March Study Schedule

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To “blow the dust” from each other’s eyes as we walk the path of love and understanding is indeed the suchness of sangha!

Join in the practice of seeing clearly and listening deeply to foster compassion, wholeness, and safety through these important and often difficult explorations into matters of inclusion, freedom, belonging, and healing.

Study Schedule

February 14th ~ Beginning Anew : A Mindfulness Practice in Celebration of the Buddhist Lunar New Year

February 21st ~ Toward Wholeness: Inclusion + Freedom + Belonging [Part I]

February 28th ~ Toward Wholeness: Inclusion + Freedom + Belonging [Part II]

March 6th ~ Toward Wholeness: Race, Sexuality, Gender + Spirituality [Part I]

March 13th ~ Toward Wholenes: Race, Sexuality, Gender + Spirituality [Part II]

March 20th ~ Toward Wholeness: Race, Sexuality, Gender + Spirituality [Part III]

Recommended Group Readings

Check frequently for updates to this list!

Buddhist Peace Fellowship:

Gender Dysphoria and The Dharma

White Privilege + the Mindfulness Movement

 

Everyday Feminism:

9 Ways We Can Make Social Justice Movements Less Elitist + More Accessible

I’m Not a Person with a Disability. I’m a Disabled Person.

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel:

I Can Breathe: A Meditation Surviving Acts of Hatred

The Way of Tenderness

Relevant Magazine:

4 Misconceptions About Mental Illness + Faith

How Church Can Lead Racial Reconciliation

Why Are Sunday Mornings Still So Segregated

The Body Is Not An Apology:

Did You Do Any of These 6 Activities Today? Then You Have Class Privilege

Lucky To Be Alive: The Everyday Ways We Tell People with Disabilities They Should Not Be Here

Nobody Bothers To Ask: The Challenges of Being Sexual in disabled/trans/genderqueer/etc..Body

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Social Justice + Buddhism

Tim Wise:

Fighting the Normalization of Inequality 

Larry Yang: 

Directing The Mind Towards Practices in Diversity

Remembering What It Means To Be Gay

Toward A Multicultural Buddhist Practice