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LGBTQIA+ Zen Group

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The community at GBZC invites you to participate in a monthly sitting practice where our focus is on LGBTQIA+ issues. Our aim is to create a safe space for Zen meditation and dialogue for LGBTQIA+ people and allies.

What to Expect:
This is a shortened Zen Buddhist service that will include chanting, seated meditation, walking meditation, and discussion. We will also seek to bring in teachers from the Zen community that can speak to topics affecting the LGBTQIA+ community. No RSVP required.

This is an opportunity to cultivate a diverse community rooted in inclusivity, justice, and compassion. This group is meant to be both an entry point to discovering and practicing Zen and an exploratory practice for LGBTQIA+ people and allies already familiar with Zen.

Location: Currently being conducted via Zoom. Instructions here.

When: Every 4th Sunday from 7:00-8:30pm unless otherwise noted.

Approximate program schedule:
6:30 pm - Early arrival for newcomers that would like an orientation
7:00 pm - Sutra Service (15 min), Walking Meditation (5 min), Sit (20 min), Walking Meditation (5 min), Discussion/Talk (30 min), Walking Meditation (5 min), Closing Service (5 min)
8:30 pm - Out for the evening

Who: All LGBTQIA+ people and allies are welcome.

Questions/Comments: Please contact the group's facilitator, Caroline Murphy, at [email protected].

Writing as Spiritual Practice Group

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The Writing as Spiritual Practice group gathers to share (and maybe inspire further) creative works with one another and to collaborate in conversation about how those works relate to spiritual practices as a whole. Often, we cannot see alone what we are doing, or could do, with a particular creative piece and readers can help by sharing what they see in it. We  also spend time doing spiritual reading practices and free-writing together.

You are welcome to bring other author’s creative works that relate to spiritual practice for you to share with the group instead of, or in addition to, your own. Work in any language is welcome, as are translations (either of your own work or another’s). Also, if you simply want to listen in to gauge interest, you are welcome to do so.

The Writing as Spiritual Practice group has also launched a seasonal creative arts journal, Radiant to the Heart: A Journal of Zen Arts.  We invite you to read it here.  Quarterly, we hold an interfaith open mic night for anyone interested both in and beyond our community.

Location: Currently being conducted via Zoom. Instructions here.

When: Once a month from 7-9pm on the last Thursday evening of the month unless otherwise noted.

Who: All are welcome for any of the meetings.

Questions/Comments: Please contact the group's facilitator, Rebecca Doverspike, at [email protected].

Persons of Color Monthly Sitting Group

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This affinity group for persons of color (POC), co-organized by Vincent Cho and James Peregrino, serves to affirm and cultivate diversity in our Zen community. It rooted in inclusivity, solidarity, and compassion. The evening consists of a shortened Zen Buddhist service, including chanting, meditation, discussion, and light refreshments. All are welcome, including newcomers to Zen or those hoping to expand their practices.  Newcomer orientations are at 6:40pm. No RSVP required.

Location: Currently being conducted via Zoom. Instructions here

When: Held the third Monday each month, 7:00-8:30pm.

Questions? Please contact Vincent Cho via [email protected].