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Queer Dharma: The Truth of Being Queer

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Acharya Eve Rosenthal

Acharya Eve Rosenthal

COLUMN: Dharma Teachings
by Acharya Eve Rosenthal


article courtesy of Shambhala Mountain Center

What is queer dharma? There are people who are queer and there is dharma, but what is queer dharma? First of all, a person who is queer identifies as someone with a sexual orientation outside culturally established norms. In our culture, it is someone who is not heterosexual — a person who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. It is someone who does not want to put a label to their sexuality, or someone who is questioning their sexual identity. Dharma in its broadest context means truth or what is, and can also mean the Buddhist teachings — which is saying the same thing. The Buddha experienced the truth of reality and then talked about it. These are the Buddhist teachings that have been written and passed down orally. The path of meditation is the way to gently make the journey from self-deception to truth. Continue…

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Conflict in Enlightened Society

Conflict in Enlightened Society – HIGHLIGHT

cherry trees along the Charles River, by Shastri Jennifer Woodhull Cape Town, South Africa Among those of us committed to building an enlightened society, there is a widespread perception that our failure to “fix” the personal conflicts that arise in our communities somehow takes us in the opposite direction ... continue
Posted November 8, 2018 by alexandra_kalinine
Uncommon Advice to Heal a Broken Heart

Uncommon Advice to Heal a Broken Heart – HIGHLIGHT

guest article by Susan Piver A few years ago, I traveled across the country giving talks based on my book, The Wisdom of a Broken Heart. I drove from Boston to Victoria, B.C. and back, giving talk after talk, hearing story after story, meeting person after heartbroken ... continue
Posted October 21, 2018 by alexandra_kalinine
The Magic of Lhasang

The Magic of Lhasang – HIGHLIGHT

Lhasang with the Sakyong, Sakyong Wangmo and His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche. COLUMN: Dharma Teachings by Acharya Daniel Hessey and Walker Blaine “When we do a lhasang to bring down the magic energy of enlightenment and drala, the smoke of the lhasang is said to purify those obstacles that ... continue
Posted October 9, 2018 by alexandra_kalinine
Wealth of Generosity

Wealth of Generosity – HIGHLIGHT

by Shastri Matthew Lyon Generosity is directly related to a feeling of abundance and confidence in our lives. On an inner level, in meditation practice, we rest the mind in the ground of basic goodness, the primordial confidence in our heart, our true nature. We can notice ... continue
Posted September 10, 2018 by CGH
Fear, Anger, and Dignity

Fear, Anger, and Dignity – HIGHLIGHT

Reflections on the quality of dignity, especially in times of speed and aggression by Susan Firer I don’t think it would be a shock to anyone reading this, even anyone not reading this for that matter, that we are in a time of great fear and aggression. This ... continue
Posted August 25, 2018 by CGH
The Three S's

The Three S’s – HIGHLIGHT

An opportunity to explore these three: Stillness, Silence, and Spaciousness by Brooke Binstock  When the three of us (Kelly Lindsey, Marissa Knox and I) got together to talk about what to center our August retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center around, we easily settled on the theme of Stillness, Silence, ... continue
Posted August 15, 2018 by CGH
The Truth of Interdependence

The Truth of Interdependence – HIGHLIGHT

Rev. angel Kyodo williams: Why Your Liberation is Bound Up With Mine from “Meditation in the City,” the New York Shambhala Center podcast In the face of today’s political and social unrest, is it possible to create a wise, kind, and strong human society? Rev. angel Kyodo williams speaks ... continue
Posted June 30, 2018 by CGH
Visit the Metta Sutta

Visit the Metta Sutta – HIGHLIGHT

Teachings on loving kindness and compassionate living by Larry Steele The Metta Sutta, the Buddha’s discourse on loving kindness, is a key teaching in the Pali Canon. It is chanted by Theravadan monks throughout the Asian southeast. During my recent visit to Myanmar, the social-activist monks Ashin Issariya and ... continue
Posted June 14, 2018 by CGH
Suffering, Impermanence, Life

Suffering, Impermanence, Life – HIGHLIGHT

Reflecting on ways to respond to the many changes we inevitably experience  by Susan Firer The world at large and our own personal worlds are always in transition. We can accept this truth or we can wish it were different – either way, the nature of reality is ... continue
Posted May 17, 2018 by CGH
Warriorship in the World

Warriorship in the World – HIGHLIGHT

Thoughts about the three gates (body, speech and mind), motivation, and warriorship by Susan Firer The Shambhala vision speaks of the inherent goodness and the innate wakefulness of human beings. The Shambhala teachings and our practices have the intention and power to open the door to compassionate care ... continue
Posted May 5, 2018 by CGH
On Retreat

On Retreat – HIGHLIGHT

 Reflections on the pleasures and value of retreat practice by Susan Firer Winter is such a beautiful time of year, especially in the country where the snow can stay white much longer than it can in the city. Winter is also a good time to slow down and ... continue
Posted March 30, 2018 by CGH
Discurso del día de Shambhala

Discurso del día de Shambhala

Sákyong, Mipham Rimpoche Discurso del día de Shambhala Centro de meditación Shambhala de Boulder  16 de febrero 2018 El Kongma Sákyong, Mipham Rimpoche: ¡Muy buenos días a todos! Tienen un hermoso aspecto, maravilloso… Quiero dar la bienvenida a todos los que se unen a nosotros en el mundo entero y en ... continue
Posted March 5, 2018 by CGH
Shambhala Day Talks

Shambhala Day Talks – HIGHLIGHT

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s Shambhala Day Address, and a greeting from the Sakyong Wangmo Boulder Shambhala Meditation Center, February 16, 2018 The Kongma Sakyong, Mipham Rinpoche: Very good morning, everyone! You are looking beautiful, marvelous. I would like to welcome everyone joining us worldwide to this Shambhala Day. I know this is being ... continue
Posted February 20, 2018 by CGH
The Community Will Thrive

The Community Will Thrive – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhala Day messages from the Sakyong and the Sakyong Wangmo “Mistakes happen because of the nature of humanity. If we create a community that can work with mistakes, and have enough depth to deal with those challenges, then the community will thrive. As challenges arise, we will ... continue
Posted February 19, 2018 by CGH
Intention and Motivation

Intention and Motivation – HIGHLIGHT

The second of two excerpts from An Ocean of Blessings, a book of teachings by Penor Rinpoche; this one emphasizes the practice of Dharma We already possess enlightened mind, buddha nature; it has been there from the very beginning, but we cannot see it because of our ... continue
Posted January 4, 2018 by CGH

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