The community at GBZC invites you to participate in the LGBTQIA+ Zen Group, 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].