“The Goddess” & Gender Binary Issues —
The Boulder QD group hosted Shastri Holly Gayley in September 2016 as they examined a traditional text in light of gender perspectives.
In the inaugural program of QD Live, Acharya Eve Rosenthal and Acharya Eric Spiegel discussed queer dharma in Shambhala and their upcoming retreat at Karme Chöling. Hosts Shelly Webb and TJ DeZauche kept up a lively pace and even posed some impromptu wisdom exchange questions for the acharyas. See the recording below.
“The aspiration is that the queer community can be an example to the greater society as humans who treat other humans well.” — Acharya Eve Rosenthal
Links to Shambhala Queer Dharma Teachings
The Truth of Being Queer by Acharya Rosenthal
Shambhala Times: Celebrating Same Sex Marriage by Shastri Charlene Leung
Shambhala Times: Diversity Awareness in Shambhala by Shastri Charlene Leung
Shambhala Times: Shambhala Rainbows: Gay in Shambhala by Zane Edwards
The Sakyong has said we are at a crossroads, and not to be afraid of who we are. The Diversity Working Group (DWG) tries to live the questions that arise: Can we welcome all people, as stated in the Shambhala Aspirations on Diversity, Accessibility and Compassionate Conduct? If so, why don’t we more closely resemble the communities in which we’re located? Do we unconsciously create barriers between ourselves and others? What does it mean to be a responsible Shambhalian? As the world grows increasingly diverse, can Shambhala contribute to diverse enlightened society? The voices in this 35-minute video describe what the DWG is doing and why. Also see the Diversity page for updates and more info.