Women's Dharma Study Group, CC
With Siobhan Cassidy and Dana Velden
Every third Saturday of the month, 1 – 3:00 pm
in the Buddha Hall at City Center.
No meeting in December.
April 27 - fourth Saturday in the Sangha Room, use Zendo entrance
May 25 - fourth Saturday in the Conference Center, 308 Page Street
Buddhist teachings on nonduality emphasize that there is no “male” or “female” in any absolute sense. No matter who we are, or how awakened we are, we practice the dharma in our complicated gendered lives—it’s the only place we can practice. —The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women
In this monthly drop-in meeting, we will sit and study together and focus on what arises when we experience the dharma, and our lives, in a woman’s body. We will begin each meeting with short meditation instruction and a period of meditation, followed by a dharma talk and group discussion.
Our Intention is to create a safe space for self-identified women to explore our lives within the context of our spiritual practice. We will gather together to sit zazen, listen to a short talk about a topic relevant to our lives, and interact with one another around this topic. We hope to co-create an atmosphere where women can feel safe, supported, and empowered to talk openly, ask questions, raise issues, and find community.
Texts that might be on interest areThe Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women, Being Bodies: Buddhist Women on the Paradox of Embodiment, and The Way of Tenderness.
This group is open to all women, including self-identified women, and is appropriate for beginners and experienced practitioners from all spiritual backgrounds. No previous experience with meditation is necessary.
This is a drop-in meeting so no registration is needed. The group is supported by dana (donations) given at the meeting.