Women in Buddhism Events Series

These programs celebrate some of the feminine voices and perspectives that are shaping western Dharma for the benefit of all. With one or two exceptions, the programs in this series are designed for all genders, identities, and perspectives.
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Relishing the Feminine in Buddhist Practice

Saturday, September 12, 9 AM – 4 PM with Suzanne Colón and Karen DeCotis. For women only.

Tending to the Urgency and Uncertainty of the Moment

Wednesday, September 16, 7 – 9 PM with Leslie Booker.

We’re in an unprecedented confluence of a global pandemic, economic hardship and an unmasking of the systemic racism and injustice that has plagued BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) for centuries.  The chaos and uncertainty is felt by everyone; showing up as heartbreak, anger, anxiety, fear and loneliness. It’s imperative to move these emotions skillfully through our bodies so that we may rest, and dream into the world that we want to create. In this two hour online teaching, guest teacher Leslie Booker will guide us in tending to our emotional bodies. 

Meditation as an Act of Love

September 25-27. Friday talk and weekend retreat with Anushka Fernandopulle. When we develop meditation as loving awareness, we cultivate a way of life that is a beautiful way to live and that develops wisdom and balance. This kind, gentle awareness brings mindfulness and metta (Kindness) practice together as one. We pay attention well to what we love and we learn to be present with a warm, open view for whatever shows up. Join us to explore meditation as an act of love.

A Bigger Sky: Awakening a Fierce Feminine Buddhism Book Group

Wednesdays, September 30-November 4, 7 – 8:30 PM.

Ecstatic Awakening: Going Beyond Hope and Fear

October 9-10. Friday night introductory talk and Saturday day-long retreat with Dana Marsh.

 In this unprecedented time, so many people are experiencing lives filled with hope and fear. We can use skillful methods to deal with our emotions and to transcend our limited ideas.Tibetan Buddhism uses multiple means to meet the needs of varied propensities in the minds of beings. Some of these methods are elaborated while others are completely free of elaboration as expressed in the non-dual teachings, all of which are designed to wake us up to our true nature. Dana Marsh will give participants an opportunity to experience the power of creative visualizations, prayer, mantra, and the liberating power of resting in open awareness. The retreat will include time for group discussion, meditation, and questions.

Awakening a Fierce Feminine Buddhism

November 13 – 15. Friday talk and weekend retreat with Pamela Weiss.

Like all true spiritual teachings, Buddhism offers a radical shift: from me to we, fracture to unity, and fear to love. But like most institutionalized religions, Buddhism developed under systems of hierarchy, patriarchy, and power that have become interwoven into its structure. All too often, the voices and perspectives of women have been overlooked or ignored.

This weekend workshop will include teachings, reflections and practices that reweave feminine qualities—of embodiment, nourishment, tenderness and mystery—into the fabric of Buddhist practice, and will share myths and stories of Buddhist women, who surrounded the historical Buddha including his mother, Maya, his aunt, Pajapati, and his wife, Yasodhara. We will also introduce feminine and transfeminine archetypes that offer inspirational examples for addressing the divisiveness and uncertainty we face today.

People of all genders welcome.

The Feminine Shadow

Tuesday, January 19, 7 – 9 PM with Diane Hamilton. For women only.

Weekend Retreat with Bonnie Duran

February 5-7, 2021. Friday night talk and weekend retreat with Bonnie Duran. Topic TBA.

Weekend retreat with Dorothy Hunt

April 2-4. Friday night talk and weekend retreat with Dorothy Hunt. Topic TBA.