People of Color Sangha

People of Color Sangha

Gretchen Rohr Guest Teacher

Guest Teacher(s)

7/25/2015 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM at Yoga Heights DC, (3506 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20010) (Map It)

Guest faciliator: Gretchen Rohr

HAS MINDFULNESS LOST ITS MIND?: Critical thinking as a part of our Spiritual Awakening

This month's POC Sangha will contemplate how we embody a heart-centered practice while rising to the task of challenging deluded thinking. Some secular articulations of 'mindfulness' practice might fool us into believing the only kind of "right thought" is actually "no thought." This form of mindfulness is dangerously seductive when we are confronted with a world of suffering. For example, we might absently consume discriminatory and exploitative media or blindly surrender to the pleasures of a relationship, a drug or even a career causing harm to ourselves and others.

On July 25, we'll have the opportunity to collectively develop discernment free from the extremes of deluded detachment or clinging to judgment. Through meditation and dialogue, we will examine how we can suspend the inner critic without rejecting our entire critical mind. After a silent meditation, we'll share our experiences assessing the times we may be 'off-balance'  and ways our hearts/minds/bodies inform personal and collective liberation. We'll also examine the role of contemplative inquiry in meditation practice.

I look forward to seeing you all there!-- Gretchen Rohr

Below are some articles and talks which may be of interest.

Gina Sharpe's brief note on ignorance and interview on a beautiful mind:

https://www.nyimc.org/community/blog/greed-hatred-and-delusion/#.VaTsQWK9KSM

http://tracycochran.org/2015/05/06/a-beautiful-mind-a-conversation-with-gina-sharpe/

Thanissaro Bhikkhu's article on bringing head and heart together:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/headandheart.html

Ethan Nichtern's pieces on "Spiritual Bypassing", or the use of spiritual beliefs to avoid feeling uncomfortable

http://www.tricycle.com/online-retreats/overcoming-spiritual-bypassing

"The Dvedhāvitakka Sutta: Two Kinds of Thought"

http://www.wisdompubs.org/book/middle-length-discourses-buddha/selections/middle-length-discourses-19-dvedhavitakka-suttaWhat is dana?

 

PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION.

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.

2015 Meeting Schedule

April 25 @ Yoga Heights with Amma Thanasanti Bikkhuni
May 23
June 13
July 25
August 29
September 26
October 31
November 21
December 19

Format of our meeting

  • 30-minute sit/walking meditation
  • Welcome/Introductions/Check-ins
  • Short dharma talk
  • Mindful discusssion
  • Dedication of Merit/Closing/Announcements

Optional dinner at a local restaurant after meeting.

Meeting Information

These teachings and gatherings are offered free of charge. If you would like to make a donation (offer dana) to support my teaching and programming of diverse dharma events within IMCW, and to and to pay the rental fee to Yoga Heights, you may do so after the meeting. Any amount you are able to offer is greatly appreciated.

Newcomers to meditation and long time practitioners are welcome to attend. You may bring your own sitting gear if you like. We provide blankets to sit on the floor and some chairs.

Please arrive by 3:45 p.m. so that we can begin promptly at 4:00 p.m. If you can volunteer to set up, please let me know and arrive by 3:30 p.m.

PLEASE RSVP so we know how many chairs to set up. Thanks! Hope you can join us!

Dana

These teachings and gatherings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation (offer dana) to support my teaching and programming of diverse dharma events within IMCW, and to help pay for the rental fee at Yoga Heights, you may do so after the meeting. Any amount you are able to offer is greatly appreciated.

Parking

Parking is on-street. Please mindfully read parking signs and meter instructions.

Learn more about the POC group.

Learn more about IMCW weekly classes.

 

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