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The affinity sanghas provide a harbor of mutual respect and understanding that is anchored in safety....

Affinity sanghas offer the community of like-minded people within the larger IMCW sangha with which to develop your practice and to spark friendships.

We affirm that a key responsibility of these affinity sanghas is to determine their own internal organization, including the makeup of their membership. This will allow a circle of belonging that feels safe to its members and create a refuge where they can relax into the intimacy of spiritual exploration. These sanghas provide a harbor of mutual respect and understanding.

If you are interested in joining a current sangha, please contact the facilitator at the contact information given below. If you would like to start a new sangha, please email IMCW.

Current Affinity Groups

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, & Questioning Sangha

    Facilitator(s):
    La Samiento
    Location:
    Washington, DC
    Level:
    All Levels
    Audience:
    Anyone self-identified as LGBTIQ
    Meeting Frequency:
    Monthly on designated Saturdays (see calendar)
    Description:

    Aspirations of the IMCW LGBTIQ Sangha:

    - To explore our LGBTIQ identities in the light of the Buddhist dharma, across multiple and intersecting lines of difference that include, but are not limited to: sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, age, and dis/abilities.

    - To provide a safe and intimate space where LGBTIQs can deepen the practice of meditation and mindful dialogue.

    - To study the dharma from diverse perspectives and to inspire insightful discussion.

    - To cultivate a sense of belonging and community both within the LGBTIQ sangha and the larger IMCW sangha.

    LGBTIQ & POC Diversity Statement

    Mindful Sharing Guidelines

    Meet us on IMCW LGBTIQ Sangha Facebook Group

    Affinity Mailing List

    Find Next Meetings:
    Visit the calendar
  • People of Color/POC Sangha

    Facilitator(s):
    La Sarmiento
    Location:
    Washington, DC
    Level:
    All Levels
    Audience:
    Anyone self-identified as POC
    Meeting Frequency:
    Monthly on designated Saturdays (see calendar)
    Description:

    Aspirations of the People of Color Sangha:

    To explore our identity as People of Color in the light of the Buddhist dharma, across multiple and intersecting lines of difference that include, but are not limited to: race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, socio-economic class, age, and dis/abilities.

    To provide a safe and intimate space where People of Color can deepen the practice of meditation and mindful dialogue.To study the dharma from diverse perspectives and to inspire insightful discussions.

    To study the dharma from diverse perspectives and to inspire insightful discussions.

    To cultivate a sense of belonging and community both within the People of Color sangha and the larger IMCW sangha.

    LGBTQ & POC Diversity Statement

    Mindful Sharing Guidelines

    Join us at IMCW People of Color Sangha Facebook page

     Affinity mailing list

    Find Next Meetings:
    Visit the calendar
  • Singles' Sangha

    Facilitator(s):
    Jennifer Stanley
    Location:
    Washington, DC
    Level:
    All Levels
    Audience:
    IMCW singles
    Meeting Frequency:
    Monthly on designated Fridays (see calendar)
    Description:

    An evening of Buddhist insight meditation, conscious communication and connection for IMCW singles.

    The IMCW Singles Sangha is a welcoming community of people who gather to experience a shared connection with others who are, by choice or by circumstance, single at this time in their lives. In a couple-centric world, our purpose is simply to create a space for connection and shared experience.

    We practice inclusion of and respect for our sangha’s rich diversity of ages, experiences, identities and personal expression, and encourage all varieties and ages of single people to join.

    Singles Mailing List

     

    Find Next Meetings:
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