Shambhala Queer Dharma Retreat
Acharya Eve Rosenthal and Acharya Eric Spiegel
March 28–30, 2014
All beings possess natural goodness, kindness and intelligence, noble qualities inherent in each of us, regardless of style or sexuality. The Shambhala dharma is about gaining confidence in these inherent qualities by means of meditation and infusing this confidence into our everyday lives. While this is true for everyone, the LBGTQ community faces particular challenges within society; this can be both an inspiration and an obstacle for each of us. In this retreat we will gently explore our identity: How do I define myself? How am I perceived? How does this influence my relationship to others and society? Through personal inquiry and supportive discussion, we explore how to maintain the integrity of our identity while fostering compassion for others with diverse views. As we allow ourselves to relax into our inherent goodness, the boundaries that separate us from others may begin to soften. Our weekend includes meditation, yoga and Tai Chi practices, walks in the mountains and community celebration. Inspired and nurtured, we return to our lives with greater clarity, confidence and an open heart. This retreat for the LGBTQ community invites practitioners of all levels of experience, but no previous meditation is necessary.
Acharya Eve Rosenthal has been a meditator in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition since 1973. Founder of Shambhala Online, she has worked in technology on Wall Street and as a university professor. She travels widely to teach on meditation and Shambhala principles and is a long time practitioner and instructor of Tai Chi Chuan.
Acharya Eric Spiegel has been teaching the Shambhala Dharma since the mid 1970s. Beginning with the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 90s, Eric has worked extensively with illness and death, helping people realize their natural wisdom in the face of impermanence. He has also had a decades-long career in finance.